This amazing traditional pastry that we try each year with a new bakery is just getting better and better. The rich and perfect cream, puffy and perfection in texture of bread and finally the almond icing that is made to superb balance is not only goooooood to eat all together but a historic pastry that have lived through the Swedish culture and history for hundreds of years.
We at Western Taste loves the Semla and this year we have chosen to try it from the famous and historical cafe house of Vetekatten in Stockholm.
Vetekatten dates back all the way to 1928 and was founded by a woman calls Ester Nordhammar. Back in those days women had just received the right to vote in Sweden and very few business owners was run by women. Ester was 42 years of age and had a long background as a baker. She had a vision to start a bakery that was simple enough for everyone to enjoy and was decorated as a traditional minister home. She also had a goal to only hire young women, in fact no men worked at Vetekatten until 1961, the year Ester passed away. She wrote in her will that the bakery should continue to its 4 partners.
When you enter this fantastic bakery you can feel the historical ambiance. There are two sections in this coffee house/ bakery; one that is kept as the original bakery intended to be, the other one is modern although still honoring the tradition.
The pastry; Semla is judged in 4 categories; Looks, Bread, Cream, Almond Icing and "All in All".
The tasting panel consist of 10 different people.
Comment: the roof was cut perfectly and the size of the pastry was superb, however the bun was a bit too large compared with the roof.
Superb taste and perfect texture.
Amazing cream with a perfect sweetness balance.
Almond Icing: 5
Absolutely perfection with a superb mixture of sweet and consistency.
Final Grade: 4.5
Written by: Alexander Yü
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