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Swedish Easter Semlar

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WildSwede Mar 11, 2005 02:37 PM

If you are of the Swedish persuasion and have been craving the Easter treat - Semla, Berolina Bakery has them available now. I usually call and place an order the week before Easter and pick them up the Saturday before.
What is a Semla? They are large cardamom buns which are hollowed out and have marzipan and whipped cream inside, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Large enough to share (if you can stand it). $2.50 each.
Just called and she said they are available until "sometime after Easter". Berolina Bakery 3421 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale south of Honolulu (818) 249-6506. See link below - click on Our Products, then Cakes & Pastries and go to the 4th one down - that is a Semla. YUMMY!!

Link: http://www.berolina.com/

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    petradish Mar 11, 2005 03:05 PM

    heck yeah. semlar + cup of swedish coffee = happiness

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      ChefLisa Mar 13, 2005 02:13 AM

      What is Swedish coffee? How is it different from other coffees? And where can I get some? Does Berolina's serve it I wonder?

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        TCUJoe Mar 13, 2005 11:27 AM

        Having been married to a Swede for 40 years and friends with many others, they are very picky about their coffee. While I do not like Gevalia personally (too acidic IMO), Zoegas Skaneroast (a dark roast liked by southern Swedes) is one of the great commercially-available coffees of the world. Try it if you can, but, alas, I do not know how to get it in the US. Does anyone? Melitta dark roast isn't bad either.

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          petradish Mar 13, 2005 11:07 PM

          the easiest access to swedish coffee is ikea (burbank, carson, costa mesa). you can pick up the lofbergs lila brand (purple box) in the food section. they also brew it in the cafes. *warning* carson is the most clueless in terms of proper strength-way too weak and their cafe is minimal/practically nonexistant. burbank is better with a larger selection of food. can't comment on costa mesa.

          good swedish coffee is very aromatic (with a lovely sweet scent from the bean oils), complex, strong yet smooth, and never ever bitter. the beans are arabica, roasted on the dark side, so that "medium" is considered "light" in swedish terms. it's very complimentary with the aromas & flavors of bakery goods that contain cardamom, yeasty pastry doughs, vanilla & almonds. pass by the entrance of the swedish & norwegian seamen's church (1035 s. beacon st., san pedro) on an active morning and you'll smell it (that's how they lure new people in!). stop into their little boutique and you can buy some kaffe to take home.

          i don't like gevalia either & unfortunately that's the one you see the most. arvid nordquist royal classic is nice. zoegas is fantastic-you can order it from www.zpostorderusa.com.

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            WildSwede Mar 14, 2005 01:41 PM

            Too bad Christianses's in San Pedro is no longer there - you could get all kinds there. Lofberg's is the best and as petradish indicated can be purchased at Ikea. I agree, Burbank is best. Whenever I go, I have to have the Shrimp Sandwich with Lingon juice - the BEST!
            At the N & S Seamen's church you can also get Norwegian waffles with the coffee while you peruse all their scandinavian newspapers. Have been going there since I was an infant (how can you not when you are 1/2 Norwegian, 1/2 Swedish??!!) - still have nightmares about the "scary julenisse" looking at me one Christmas party from behind the frosted glass of the door that leads to the basement. Still can't get past that!! ;-)

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      martyR Mar 11, 2005 03:43 PM

      I'm half Swedish, but not practicing. Those sound dangerous though...

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        WildSwede Mar 11, 2005 06:23 PM

        How could you not be practicing? You can start, if you want, by going to the Scandinavian Days at Cal Lutheran in Moorpark on April 9 & 10.

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        Alan Mar 11, 2005 05:42 PM

        I'm not Swedish, but my barber is Swedish and so is my car and mechanic. And I just got a vintage Made in Sweden wool zip up sweater...anyway.

        This sounds great. Been meaning to go check out this bakery for a while. Have you been to Shreiner's Fine Sausages that's close by? Any recs? Figure I would check out both of these places while I up there.

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          WildSwede Mar 11, 2005 06:22 PM

          I LOVE Shreiner's Black Forest Ham sandwich - delish!! They also have great cheeses and meats in their case. They also sell the always delicious potato sausage (amongst others) in their freezer. Boil those puppies up with some potatoes and carrots and you have a meal made in heaven!! ;-)

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          Jerome Mar 11, 2005 06:21 PM

          I'll call eventually, but do you know if they make the Swedish Sandwich cakes on special order? They don't mention it on the site.

          Thanks.

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            WildSwede Mar 11, 2005 06:32 PM

            Good question. I don't know, have never seen them there (or anywhere for that matter). I would give them a buzz and ask. Another place that "may" be able to help you is Olson's Swedish Deli on Pico near Fairfax (323) 938-0742, but I can't promise anything.

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              petradish Mar 11, 2005 08:56 PM

              if berolina doesn't have it, i agree with trying olson's. nordic fox in downey might make one, or contact a swedish caterer like www.LeaveItToLinda.com. i make my own for midsummer-if you can frost a cake...

              Link: http://www.morarp.net/leifsbar/landga...

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              JL Mar 12, 2005 01:29 AM

              My wife and I just returned from Stockholm. We're still craving semla, which were available on seemingly every street corner in Stockholm. Even the local 7-Eleven made great semla! It's good to know we can get semla here is SoCal.

              Tack! (Swedish for gracias)

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                WildSwede Mar 14, 2005 12:07 PM

                I hope you had a nice time in Sweden. You can get them at Berolina from January til "sometime after Easter".
                Var sa god!! that's de nada in Swedish

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                carter Mar 12, 2005 09:32 PM

                Have you checked whether IKea has them this time of year? They have many other Swedish goodies, so...?!They sound wonderful, yet I have never tried them, and Montrose is not exactly next door.

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                  JL Mar 12, 2005 09:48 PM

                  Just call Ikea to find out! Saves you a trip.

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                    WildSwede Mar 14, 2005 12:04 PM

                    I have never seen them at Ikea.

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                    pastrylove May 29, 2007 03:18 PM

                    the swedish bakery in poway has really good semlor and also smorgas tarta..which is the special swedish sandwich cakes. its really goood you should try it!

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                      MaryT May 30, 2007 03:21 PM

                      Well, since the older thread has resurfaced, I'll use it, but maybe I'm supposed to start a new one, not sure on protocol, sorry.

                      I'm going June 9th, coming back after Midsummer, wondering if there are any actual restaurant meals I might want to try before my Swedish adventure ???

                      I will definitely check out some of the above places too for the semlor, etc. I did go to the Scandinavian festival at that Lutheran University out off the 101.

                      Thanks. Oops, I mean tack, eh?

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                      beaudrillard Mar 18, 2010 09:07 PM

                      By the way, has anyone spotted the mythical semlar at Berolina Bakery during this Easter season as of yet? Thanks!

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