In response to the above question – no, all Swedish pastries do not have their own day when we celebrate and eat them. However, two of the typical Swedish goodies presented here do: Shrove Tuesday for semlor and Cinnamon bun day (coming up October 4th!). Hope you are hungry, because here is another list of typical and delicious Swedish food you are going to want to try!
Semlor are buns with cardamom containing almond paste and cream, and these are very popular in Sweden. Like many other Swedish pastries, the Semla has its own special day – Shrove Tuesday – occurring exactly 47 days before Easter, so Semlor are eaten mainly in the beginning of the year.
Västerbotten cheese pie
This is a pie made out of the Swedish equivalent of Parmesan cheese. It is delicious and is not too hard to make yourself, but can also be bought in almost any Swedish deli.
Strawberries with milk and sugar
All Swedes grow up with eating strawberries with milk (or cream) and sugar in the summers! The strawberries are sliced and added to the milk or cream and then there is sugar on top. This is a summer favorite for both adults and children!
This is a very common Swedish starter dish, and considered quite festive when adjoined by a glass of sparkling wine or champagne. The dish consists of a toast with a mix of mayo and shrimps (called Skagenröra) on top, followed by a slice of lemon, fresh dill and whitefish roe.
Veal burger with mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, and lingonberries
Veal burger with melted butter, mashed potatoes, peas, lingonberries and gravy is a classic dish that is often made as Sunday dinner in Swedish households. It might not be the healthiest dish you will ever eat due to the huge amounts of cream and butter it contains – but it is this that makes it so incredibly good.
The cinnamon bun is a classic Swedish pastry, and on 4 October, Cinnamon Bun Day is celebrated in Sweden. A cinnamon bun has cinnamon and sugar inside, and real Swedish cinnamon buns also have granulated sugar on top. Why not try making them yourself? If you follow this recipe it is relatively simple, just remember to be patient when the yeast id working and not to sneak a taste of the dough – then you get a stomach ache.