Day of the Cinnamon Roll and the Swedish Paradox

Yes, my friends! Today, the 4th of October, is the day when the Swedes celebrate this yummy pastry:

It is a pretty new “tradition” in Sweden only officially instituted in 1999 by the Swedish Council of Home Bakeries. Yes, there’s such a thing here!

Today is the beginning of a series of pastry celebrations in Sweden for the last quarter of the year. On November 6, they are gonna be celebrating the Gustav II Adolf pastry:

It started in 1909 after a bakeshop here in Gotham City, started selling this cake with a silhouette of Gustav II, to commemorate his death on the 6th Nov 1632. It is often made of marzipan, or chocolate with a twist of lemon, and then glazed all over with vanilla sugar. The dude by the way is one of the reigning monarchs in Sweden and is the founding father of Gotham City Göteborg.

Then on November 9, the Swedes celebrate the Gingerbread Day:

It is a nice companion to drinking a warm cup of glögg, during the dark, winter days.Glögg is a kind of beverage, which may be alcoholic or not, often served with almonds and raisins during the winter days usually around Christmas time and New Year.

Four days after, on November 13, they then eat Lussekatt (literally Lucy’s cat) in celebration of Sta. Lucia (the patron of the blind). Lussekatt is a safron bun, which is also flavored with cinnamon or nutmeg and raisins:

There are other Pastry Days in the Swedish calendar, like the Day of Runeberg’s Tart, which is originally celebrated in Finland on 5th of October February (Thanks to SmekThis for pointing out the mistake):

This one contains rum and almonds.

But I think the most awaited in Sweden is the Day of the Semla traditionally eaten on Mardi Gras day (Fat Tuesday). Next year the date is on 24 Feb. However when the Swedes has become more secularized and don’t observe fasting anymore during the Lenten seasons, it is now usually eaten any day around February and March.

According to my source: “The semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off and insides scooped out and is then filled with a mix of the scooped-out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top is then put back as a lid and dusted with icing sugar.” 

With all these fattening pastries being celebrated in here, one might wonder how the average Swede could maintain his/her great shape?

This is what I call, “The Swedish Paradox”.

Here is the infamous Swedish Bikini Team to highlight the paradox I’m talking about:


Pictures from Wikipedia

Edit: 1740 HRS 20081004

SBT picture added plus Runeberg’s Day corrected courtesy of Smek This!

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15 Responses to Day of the Cinnamon Roll and the Swedish Paradox

  1. Zäta says:

    haha åh vad gott allt ser ut!

  2. Smek this! says:

    Actually, the Runeberg’s day is 5th of February. The guy was a Finnish poet (wrote in Swedish ’cause that was and still is THE language of upper-class in F.) who lived when I was young i.e. in 1860-something. His wife baked these tarts to him, so it’s not that artificial pastry day.BTW, I wrote about the same subject today, went shopping and bought some cinnamon buns, came back to read your story about the same subject with a bun (?) in my hand! There is also one type of cinnamon roll with green stuff filling. I don’t know what it is, but it replaces cinnamon. Maybe to compensate people who can’t eat it or just don’t like it. After all, business must go on. But what’s the point of kanelbulle without kanel? It doesn’t even taste that good. Man, Swedes try to please everyone all the time! Try pleasing me too for a change, LMAO!

  3. if you’ll be posting more often about sweden, guess i’ll be dropping by a lot. 🙂 i’m interested in everything scandinavian, their high suicide rates, their bleak winter, their welfare state, their feelings of guilt about the third world, etc. until now, it still really boggles me, this welfare state. a lot of people have studied the scandinavian welfare state and it still boggles me. btw, how high are you taxed? :-)anyway, the welfare state is anathema to the idea of american dream. considering that scandinavia is a liberal’s paradise, i must ask, are there people there who espouse conservative views, the view of the american republican party, the idea of small government, etc.?

    • MOGLI says:

      meloinks! thanks for this comment. great source of topic for my future entries! your observation is quite correct, re: american vs swedish govt systems

  4. Annelie says:

    🙂 Fick höra att det var Princesstårtans vecka för någon vecka sen (1 eller 2) … lite orättvist att den fick enhel vecka! 🙂 … och jag tror det är en Pappa-mini-me! 🙂

  5. rfrr says:

    PRINSESSTÅRTA Annelie! Inte “princesstårta”, det kommer itne från engelska språket för i helvete! hur svårt ska det vara!

  6. dfvcdgv says:

    We don’t have high suicide rates! it’s just a myth goddamn it! started by a former American president! But I guess you’ve been brainwashed!

  7. Smek this! says:

    Noticed just now that you left out one seasonal bun: funnel cake (struva/tippaleipä)! It’s served on May 1st (Valborg/Vappu) along with mead (mjöd/sima). It looks like a bunch of worms fried in oil. This and Runeberg’s tart, both taste indifferent and both are extremely expensive. Price doesn’t meet quality at all!

    • MOGLI says:

      Your description of the cake…”like a bunch of worms fried in oil”, says that it is not worth the expensive price. LOL!

  8. I missed Cinnamon Day this year!!! And this blog is a YUMMMY blog! All the way to the last picture!You gonna write about your Tiramisu’ trauma? *LOL* A variation of the story perhaps? Cheryl

  9. MOGLI says:

    @anonymous poster: take the “chill pill” man!

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