The Concept of Danish Hygge
The Danish word Hygge cannot be translated to one word in English, but my description would be,’ a cosy and contented feeling of wellbeing one gets when spending quiet time indoors with family and friends.‘
Tea and cake or a nice glass of wine in the evenings, may help to promote hygge. When I think of hygge, I think of a wood fire, sitting with my family and my dogs, perhaps a cup of Royal Ritz Loose-leaf Tea from the Tea Centre or perhaps a glass of Shiraz/Port in the evening.
It might be summer in the North, but here in Australia, we welcome winter and that cosy feeling inside our homes that adds a touch of Danish ‘Hygge,’ with a Danish Spice cake reminiscent of warm drinks by a fire, and a relaxed atmosphere.
A Spice cake might also be a great compliment if you are planning a Christmas in July. Including cloves, cardamon and cinnamon, this recipe is packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, giving the immune system a mild boost.
A growing trend in Australia, a Christmas in July event, capitalises on the mild winters and is the perfect excuse to indulge in hearty Christmas dishes, Puddings and Mulled Wine. Foods that are harder to digest when the mercury passes 30 degress Celsius around December.
Spice Cake Recipe
- 1/2 litre or 2 American cups Plain flour
- 3.5 deciliters or 1.5 cups Sugar
- 1 teaspoon each of ground Cloves and Cardamon
- 3 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
- I/2 tablespoon Baking soda
- 1 Egg
- 350 ml or 1.5 cups of Kefir/cultured milk/yoghurt/sourcream
- 2 dessertspoons of Lingonberry or Cranberry jam
- 75 g or 2.5 oz Butter
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celcius [180 degrees fan forced], or 390 Fahrenheit [360 fan forced].
- Mix kefir and jam well in a bowl, electric whisk is always preferable.
- Melt the butter, let cool a tiny bit.
- Add melted butter and egg to the kefir and jam mix, mixing gently.
- Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients until combined.
- Pour cake mix into a greased Bundt tin or cake tin of your choice.
- Bake for around 30-40 minutes. [Precise baking time will depend on the size of your dish, and on your oven. You know your oven best!]
Tips for measurement conversions:
1 cup = 8 fl oz = 2.4 dl = 24 cl = 240 ml
1 cup = 10 fl oz = 2.8 dl = 280 ml
dl – 1 deciliter = 6 (scant) tablespoons
Two more Spice cake recipes containing immuno-boosting cinnamon, cloves and cardamon can be found on this post at The Home by the Sea.