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ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A follow-up to the successful 'The ScandiKitchen' (published September 2015), this new book from Brontë Aurell features over 60 recipes for cakes, bakes, and treats from all over Scandinavia. From indulgent cream confections to homely and comforting fruit cakes and traditional breads, sweet buns, and pastries. FIKA is a Swedish word meaning to meet up for a cup of coffee o ...more
Hardcover, First edition., 176 pages
Published October 13th 2016 by Ryland Peters & Small
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Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Scandinavian baking. Fika and hygge come together in this compilation of cozy and comforting recipes for home baked sweet treats. I loved the information about Scandinavian culture and thought the photographs were beautiful. This is a true delight to read and really gives you the feeling of hygge. I just want to stay home tomorrow and bake all day, and then laze around in the evening, reading a book and enjoying my homemade goodies!
Beth Bonini
This cookbook was a Christmas gift from a friend who appreciates the atmosphere of “hygge” (the feeling of inner warmth) and the practice of “fika” (coffee and cake break) just as much as I do. We trade cookies (and cookie recipes) and sample the cinnamon buns of cafes all over London. We also love hearing about baking traditions, and have been known to interrogate friends about their most beloved recipes. I read this book cover to cover a few days after Christmas; and although my shelves (and f ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! What a great cookbook. I recently read a book on Hygge and when I spotted this I knew I needed to pick it up. For those who don't know, Hygge is a Danish way of life and simple, happy living. Two of the things that are definitely Hygge are meats and sweets. Well, after this book there is no need to search elsewhere for sweets. Fika is the Danish style of having coffee and a sweet confectionary either by yourself as a work break, or even better sharing it with another. The book is loaded ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully presented sweet-treats book, with fun descriptions and cultural details too!
I was happily surprised to see just how many recipes are included, and having lived in Denmark for several years, I can attest to their Scandinavian authenticity :) I can't wait to bake some of the delicious nibbles I've been missing since we moved away.

Each recipe is nicely laid out, well-written and easy to follow...and most importantly, actually achievable! It's not style over substance by any means.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
Such a nice change of desserts for me. Lots of fruit and new spices for me to use, especially cardamom. Perry is happy that there is less chocolate around so far this holiday season. I love the cultural stuff shared at the beginning of each recipe about lifestyle, traditions, and the history of the recipe development. Author does a nice job of making the recipes usable for Americans as well as Europeans, and allows for some flexibility of ingredients. Although, I'm definitely going to get my han ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“Fika” means to meet up for a chat over a cup of coffee, while “Hygge” means a state of inner warmth or satisfaction felt spending time with loved ones. A collection of over 60 recipes for cakes, bakes and treats from all over Scandinavia ranging from saffron Bundt cake with pears and gingerbread with lingonberries to hazelnut and mocha squares from Denmark, rye bread layer cake with cherries, Princess cake, Danish ebleskivers, and modern creations like blondies with lavender and lemon and baked ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
My daughter's new favorite book! Beautiful recipes. My daughter made some pretty simple and delicious cookies from this book. Probably more suited to fall and winter than a humid Midwestern July.
Angela Holland
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very quick read for me. I picked it up at the library at 4:00 and by 9:00 I was done reading it. I enjoyed the way the author talked about Hygge and her experiences with it. She also compares Danish, Norwegian, and the Swedish and the way they all practice Hygge. There were many great recipes included in this book - a few in which I plan on making for myself. At the beginning of each recipe she tells a story behind the recipe. I like this added personal touch. There are also quotes at ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was sweet comfort in a book. I wanted to eat everything. I would try to make all of this but I know that it would never turn out like the picture. There seemed to be a picture with every recipe and there were even whole page spreads on comfort and relaxation. Most of the recipes seemed to have an abundance of ingredients, however, these seemed to be recipes that I would make on the weekend when I have plenty of time. A relaxing time baking before my relaxing time. I love this idea!!!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly exceptional book. The basic sponge cake recipe was so good I used it to bake my own wedding cake! The recipes are wonderful yet achievable, the photography is beautiful, and the presentation is perfect. This is my new baking bible!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love!! There are many easy recipes with ingredients that are easy to source. The pictures of the food are amazing of course but its a treat to have the beautiful scenery of Scandinavia in there too. The book really gave me the feels of hygge! Can't wait to make some of the recipes!!
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I had to return this to the library before baking from it. However, it is filled with recipes I really wish to make from about mid-October through March - prime hygge season. I've asked for it for Christmas.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loads of yum recipes to try. Warming and informative story along the way. Gorgeous photographs for every recipe (a must have in my mind).
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking-baking
Looking forward to baking some tasty food! There's lots of familiar treats here as well as some new things I have never eaten.
Not a bad book. Quite enjoyable.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some wonderfully mouthwatering recipes. I didn't read too much of the text as the book was greatly overdue to the library.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Pretty photos. Interesting background info. But recipes are too complicated for my liking.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delicious recipes that satisfy the hygge lifestyle.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, and yummy!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baking-books
What a delightful book! Lots or recipes: I want to make them all! The recipes are easy to follow. Every recipe has a photograph. And the photographs are gorgeous. Really recommend this book!
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Scandinavian dessert recipes - yum! These vary in difficulty, and are from all over Scandinavia, but the back stories are good and the photos are stunning.

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I’m Brontë, a food writer and co-founder of ScandiKitchen, a café, grocery shop, online store and wholesale business. After I moved from Denmark to the UK and started a career in finance, I quickly realised that wasn’t for me. After some happy years working for Innocent drinks, I launched ScandiKitchen with my Swedish husband Jonas on 10th July 2007 – and gave birth to our first child a few hours ...more

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