The Scandinavian Fastelavn (shrovetide) is a tradition resembling the European carnival, where the kids dress up, have traditional party games and eat Lent buns, known as ‘Fastelavnsboller’ or ‘Semlor’ in Scandinavia.
When in Copenhagen we never miss the opportunity to pop into Claus Meyer’s bakery. For the ‘fastelavn’ season they do traditional cream filled buns but also a selection of new varieties; filled with Cowberry cream or vanilla cream with Valrhona chocolate icing or apple together with vanilla cream and icing sugar. Find out more and be inspired over on their website; Claus Meyer Bageri
Or visit: Claus Meyer Bageri, Classensgade, Store Kongensgade, Amagerbrogade og Gl. Kongevej.
Do not miss this Scandinavian speciality, widely available in London too!
Here are a few cafes and bakeries where you might be able to pick up this sweet treat:
Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill
Fabrique Bakery, Hoxton
Nordic Bakery, Central London
Scandinavian Kitchen, Great Titchfield St
Bageriet London, Covent Garden
Known for spreading the love for anything Scandinavian, the guys over at Scandinavian Kitchen were also very happy to share their very best Fastlavnsbolle recipe with us, here: scandinaviankitchen.co.uk
To be eaten now and up until Lent! Happy Fastelvan!