Semla (or semlor in plural) - a Swedish dessert consisting of a wheat bun stuffed with almond icing and whip cream. It is a very simple but yet delicious dessert that I personally love. Every year we celebrate "Fettisdagen" or "Semmeldagen" (the Semla day) in Sweden and there aren't many weeks left until the day is here. That is the reason why I today want to show you my own version of semla.
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Different kinds of semlor
Every year a new kind of semla seems to be created in Sweden. In Sweden they have made semla-wraps, semla-muffins, semla-cronuts and selma-sticky cake. I made semla-loukoumades a while ago which were delicious (get the recipe here) but today I want to give you my semla pancakes / semla tacos / semla pancake tacos. It's simple but yet so delicious.
Gluten Free and Vegan
A semla is a traditional recipe and it is usually not vegan, gluten free nor sugar free. I however have made my pancakes all of it. Don't worry, there won't be any lack of deliciousness in these though.
Almond Icing or Almond Paste
We always have almond paste in our semla, and there is no difference in my pancake tacos. Traditionally almond paste consists of egg white but there are vegan options in store too. If you want to have it both vegan and sugar free I recommend you to make one by yourself with almond flour, vegan whip cream and stevia. It works!
Semla Pancake Tacos
90 g plain flour, buckwheat flour or gf basic flour
1 tbsp corn starch
1,5 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup
a pinch of real vanilla
1/2 tsp cardamom
120 ml (1,2 dl) vegan milk
+ optional cooking fat for frying
Vegan whip cream + almond icing
Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the remaining of the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until a lump free batter is made.
Heat up a frying pan with cooking fat and fry your pancakes. As soon as bubbles have been created on top. you can flip the pancakes carefully and fry them for approx 20 s on the other side.
If you have a taco holder, place the pancakes in one of the holders.
Mash the almond icing with a fork, in a bowl together with some whip cream (unwipped) so that the almond icing isn't so dry. Insert the paste into a piping bag and pipe out line of almond paste to the pancakes.
Whip the whip cream and and do the same with the cream on top og the icing sugar. If you want to you can also end by garnishing with a little bit of cardamom or icing sugar.
Did you make this recipe?
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