A common way to experience Hygge is to enjoy a coffee and a piece of cake. Swedish people have a word for this and it’s ‘Fika’ and in direct translation is “a coffee and cake break”. Fika is a common daily ritual in many Scandinavian countries. It involves drinking your favourite hot beverage with a piece of pastry or cake, and taking time out of your day to sit down and enjoying them. This in essence is what hygge really is. It’s slowing things down and enjoying the moment. If you take a walk around Copenhagen or Sweden during different times of the day you will see people sitting at cafe’s and restaurant’s enjoying their Hygge or Fika time.
In Denmark you can find so many amazing bakeries around every corner, making delicious pastry’s such as vinnerbrød and kanel snegle, oh my mouth is watering just typing those words. These flaky, sweet and delicious pasties are like nothing else.
So how can we introduce this to our lives? Well it shouldn’t be very difficult since here in Australia we already have something in common with the Danes, and it’s our love of coffee. Australia’s coffee culture is one of the most popular in the world.
Wherever you find yourself during the day try to allocate some time to sit down and enjoy a tea or coffee and introduce a little sweet treat. It doesn’t have to be a buttery pastry or muffin it can be a healthy option you have prepared yourself. It should be a guilt free pleasurable experience because after all life’s little pleasures are meant to be enjoyed. Taking a Hygge break can be experienced at a cafe, in your home, at your office or workplace and be it on our own or with others.
Sometimes as a treat I prepare some Danish cinnamon scrolls. My family loves them and the house smells divine while they are baking in the oven. Below you will find my Cinnamon Scrolls (Kanel Snegle) recipe.
- 1 kg self raising flour
- 1 tsp cardamon
- 42g dried yeast
- 4 eggs
- 600 ml milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 200g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- (1 egg and milk for egg wash)
Step 1 Add flour, yeast, sugar and cardamon in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter allow to cool.
Step 2 In a separate bowl whisk egg and milk together. Pour egg and milk into the dry ingredients slowly and then knead for 5-10 minutes. Allow dough to rest until it doubles in size.
Step 3 While waiting make the filling. Mix the butter, sugar and cinnamon together and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Step 4 Divide the dough in two pieces and then roll out each piece into rectangles. Spread the cinnamon, butter and sugar mixture onto the dough and avoid the edges by 5cm. Roll the pastry from the longest side of the rectangle. It should look like a long log. Chop into 5cm pieces and lay them flat onto a lined baking tray. Brush over with egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!!!