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Swedish Scout semlor

First suggested by Scouterna
Celebrate a fettisdagen fika with this simple recipe for some Scouts semla buns.

You will need

  • Containers with lids (like a jar)
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Spatulas
  • Bowls
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Ingredients (see below)

Before you begin

  • It’s up to you where you do this activity – you could take the recipe and make it work however you’re meeting at the moment, whether that’s online or face-to-face indoors or outdoors. This would also be a great challenge to do between meetings (with support from an adult) – the group could share photos of their creations at their next meeting.
  • If you’re meeting face-to-face, check out more detailed guidance for completing your risk assessments.
  • If you’re meeting online, Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online. If you’re not sure how to cook over Zoom, check out our top tips. Don’t forget to give people plenty of notice to get their ingredients and equipment ready.
  • You could ask the group to find out some information about other Swedish traditions or foods to share during your meeting too.
  • Check out the video at the bottom of this page for a quick krabbelursemlor cooking tutorial from Scouterna, the Scouts and Guides of Sweden.


Make your scout semlor


  • 240g flour
  • 120g sugar
  • Two teaspoons baking powder
  • Two teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 250ml oat milk
  • 100ml water from a can of chickpeas (aquafaba)
  • 200ml oat cream (or other cream)
  • 200g almond paste (or marzipan)
  • Oil

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Serves: 4

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and cardamom in a container with a lid (like a jar).
  2. Pour in the oat milk, shake, then stir with a spoon until you get a smooth batter.
  3. Pour in the chickpea water and stir again.
  4. Set up your stove or start a fire.
  1. Put some oil in the pan and add a couple of dollops of batter to make two small pancakes (krabbelurer). Let them fry until the batter starts to bubble a little.
  2. Flip your pancakes and fry them on the other side.
  3. When they’re ready, take them out of the pan and repeat steps five and six but with a much smaller amount of batter to make the ‘lids’ for your semlor.
  4. While the pancakes are cooking, mix the almond paste with some cream so that it gets soft.
  5. Whip the cream.
  1. Take one of the larger pancakes, spread some of the almond paste on it, add some whipped cream and top with a smaller pancake.
  2. Now you’ve made some krabbelursemlor it’s time to eat, enjoy, and chat about fika and fettisdag.

To watch in full screen, double click the video


This activity was about being an international citizen and learning about different foods, festivals and culture in another country. Ask everyone to think about the session and share some of the things they’ve learned. The activity was also about trying new things, had anyone tried a traditional semla bun before? What did everyone think of the karabbelursemlor they made together?

In Sweden, fika is more about spending time together than it is about sharing a cup of coffee or tea. If you made your krabbelursemlor in an online meeting, challenge everyone to share them with their family or friends after the meeting’s ended. If you made them in a face-to-face meeting, why not make a few extra for everyone to take home? Ask the group to share their fika snacks with someone else and spend some quality time together. Maybe they could share some of the things they’ve found out about Sweden too.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.

Fires and stoves

Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.


Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.