The Best Lent Buns; where to buy & recipe for Fastelavnsboller/Semlor!

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. Claus Meyer Bageri
Claus Meyer Bageri, Classensgade, Store Kongensgade, Amagerbrogade og Gl. Kongevej.

Do not miss this Scandinavian speciality, widely available in London too!

Snaps and Rye, Notting Hill, Fabrique Bakery, Hoxton, Nordic Bakery, Central London, Scandinavian Kitchen, Great Titchfield St, Bageriet London, Covent Garden, Fika, Shoreditch.
Scandinavian Kitchen are a happy bunch of people, spreading the love of Scandinavia. So the team have shared their very best recipe for Lent buns (Semla for singular, Semlor for plural) at

To be eaten now and up until Lent! Happy Fastelvan!


  1. Hi Pia. I have no idea but why not try making them? It’s not too difficult. Check out the recipe. 🙂 Bx

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