Semla (plural - semlor)) is probably one of the most typical Swedish pastries (and princess cake of course) I can think of. It's made out of a wheat flour bun seasoned with cardamom, filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Traditionally they're eaten on "Fat Tuesday" (the last day before the lenten fast) but nowadays you can find them in pretty much any café or bakery in Sweden from new years until easter. I can honestly say I don't know much about their history, but I do know that they're delicious! Some people like to eat them from a bowl of hot milk - this is called "hetvägg" ("hot wall", I know, weird!) but I prefer eating them the way they are.
I also made som untraditional ones - chocolate with Nutella filling. I prefer the regular ones though, but if you feel like making chocolate semlor, just replace 4 tbsp of the flour with cocoa powder and add some cocoa powder to the whipped cream.
The video below shows how I make them!
Click image below to view recipe!