Last Monday I had “cooking class” with my girl friends. We made semla / semlor. And they
forced asked me to put up the recipes in the blog. So, here I am today writing post about semla.
You see, I don’t really understand weird days they have here in Sweden. They have pie day, semla day, egg day etc. I think it’s cute and funny though :p
So, around this time now, people sell semla everywhere. Usually until march. But then after that I guess you have to make your own semla if you feel like eating it. Will be difficult to find it. Maybe bakeries have it all year but I dunno about that. I never really buy anything from bakeries. because I always told my self, why buy something expensive and you dunno how it tastes and what they made from if you can make your own?
I also got good and very nice responds from my girl friends and their husbands. They all like the semla we made together. So happy to hear that! 🙂
You can try making this too, very easy recipe. A bit time consuming but worth it!
Ingredients for the buns:
550 ml milk
1150 grams AP flour
200 grams sugar
200 grams butter / margarin, room temperature
75 grams fresh yeast / 15 grams dried yeast
15 grams cardamom (I didn’t use this)
– Warm the milk in a microwave or on the stove. Temperature should be around 40 to 45 C.
– Add yeast in it, and let it sit for at least 2 minutes.
– In a big bowl / mixer bowl, put all dry ingredients, butter and egg. Mix all together.
– Pour the milk slowly into flour mixture. Mix everything and start kneading.
– If you use hands, it might take around 10 to 15 minutes (and you probably be sweating too :p)
– You know the dough is ready if you try to make a ball from it, it has nice and smooth surface. Then let it rest for 45 minutes.
– After 45 minutes, it’ll double in size. And you can start making small ball. Each ball weight around 80 to 100 grams. You’ll get around 30 buns from this recipe.
– Bake for 15 minutes in 175 C.
Ingredients for filling:
Now, there are 2 types for filling. Easy and less easy. Well, of course you’ll get better taste and result with the less easy one :p
For easy filling, you’ll only need 500 gram almond paste and milk (I’m not sure how much you need, just enough to make the paste a bit thinner)
As for the less easy, you’ll need pastry cream and almond paste.
2 egg yolk
40 grams sugar
200 ml milk
1 tbsp flour
1 tbs corn flour
– Bring milk to almost boil.
– Mix yolk, sugar and flour in a bowl with hand whisk until pale.
– Pour milk into yolk mixture and put back on the stove and cook until thick.
– Let it cool before you mix with almond paste.
– Take 1 bun, cut the top part a bit then scrape a bit the inside part of the bigger part of the bun. Fill the bun with 1 tsp of almond mixture.
– Add whipped cream on the top, then put back the small part of the bun.
– Sprinkle icing sugar on top. Serve.
note: Pardon the pictures, I took them last year. Didn’t have time to take pictures from the cooking class. The three last pictures are from my friend who did cooking class with me.