Visiting Stockholm in mid Jan, I was soaked into the city’s craze for its beloved pastry: Semla – a cardamon flavored bun stuffed with sweet almond paste that’s sandwiched between a generous dollop of whipped cream. Semla was originally eaten on Shrove Tuesday as the last festive food before Lent but has since become a traditional dessert that’s now eaten every Tuesday right up to Easter.
This year, Tössebageriet confectionery started a new food trend in Stockholm with its Semla wrap. The wrap is created to bring convenience for busy Stockholmers on the go. As you can see from the picture, it’s very popular with the locals.
Before you join the queue, make sure you get a ticket at the entrance first. Then wait for the LED display at the counter for your number to be called before you place your order. Apparently this is how most things work in Sweden – take a number and queue for your turn.
Having patiently waited in a corner for 30 minutes as people streamed in and out of the crowded cafe, I finally got my Semla Wrap. Ta-da!
In case you’re wondering, Tösse also have the traditional semla buns for those that still prefer it the old way. As it’s Valentine’s day, they were also selling heart-shaped cakes and you can’t help but notice happy ladies carrying roses as they waited for their semla wraps.
Not a big fan of whipped cream but don’t mind if it’s fresh, rich and creamy – and it was. Highlight was the almond paste that got me weak in the knees for Semla in the first place. While it’s a novelty to have it in a wrap, my verdict is I still prefer the bun version. Perhaps it would have won me over if the cardamon flavored wrap was warm and fresh but it was a bit hard and bland when I came to the tail of the wrap – didn’t help as I finished all the almond paste and cream by then.
Semla wrap or semmelwrap in Swedish – all the craze.
Because of all the hype, I was glad to be part of an authentic experience – squashing with the crowd, patiently waiting for my turn to order, to finally shoving the semla wrap in my mouth. As the Swedes would say: mums!
Tössebageriet Konditori address: Karlavägen 77, 114 49 Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden