LINDSBORG, KANSAS - According to www.sweden.se, "winter-time visitors to Sweden may be shocked to see what's on offer in the Swedish bakeries. Pick any bakery or café, and more likely than not the window display is overflowing with just one thing - the semla. Just what is it with the Swedes and this cream-filled bun, which some gulp down with litre upon litre of coffee? Find out.
The semla - (semlor in plural) - a small, wheat flour bun, flavoured with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream - has become something of a carb-packed icon in Sweden.