When the evenings get longer and the winds are howling outside, there is nothing I like more than to Hygge!
Hygge is a Danish word, well more than just a word really, it’s a feeling. It describes moments when you are having a real lovely time. To me Hygge would be an evening spent with family or friends, candles lit, brews at the ready and just having a lovely time, no stress, perhaps time to play a board game. Hygge to me could also be something as simple as cozying up on the sofa, snug under a blanket with J able to just forget about the everyday stress.
Having a Hygge time is Alpha omega for many Danes, I think J is becoming quite the fan too. Now a real Hygge evening requires a freshly baked treat! But with a baby time to bake can sometime be short lived, that is why I love this Caramel Hazelnut Tart it is so easy to make, and so very delicious!
Caramel Hazelnut Tart
180g Plain white flour
1/2 a tsp of baking powder
100g melted butter
1 can of sweet condensed milk (I use Nestle)
50g brown sugar
2 tbs Sirup
2 tbs of Whiskey (optional)
1 tsp of vanilla sugar (or vanilla essence)
Turn the oven to 150 degrees c. Grease the tin. Mix Flour, Sugar and baking powder, add the melted butter. Mix together, until the dough has come together, but crumbly. Press your pastry it into the tin. Now to the filling, whisk together condensed milk, brown sugar, sirup, whiskey and vanilla. Pour the mix on top of the pastry. Sprinkle the whole Hazelnuts on top. Bake in the oven for aprrox 60 min.
Serve with a nice vanilla ice cream and a fresh brew! Enjoy!
Yesterday I went Apple hunting with the nephew, there are these gorgeous Apple trees only a stone throw from my childhood home, absolutely beaming with ripe Apples ready for picking! Its lovely to be able to just go outdoors and pick Apples, my nephew was loving it! And it was a great way to also remind him where things come from, he can be quite the fuzzy eater, but he munched down 3 delicious apples and also got a nice bag to take home and use with in his packed lunches. Now I of course had a plan with the Apple hunt too! The aim was to get some Apples so we could make my Mums Yummy Birds Nests, the Birds Nest is in actual fact an Autumn inspired mini Apple Pavlova, super easy to make and so very tasty. The fresh, slightly Sour, Apple goes so well with the Cream and Chocolate!
Birds Nests (Apple Pavlova)
Meringue (7 Nests)
1 dl egg whites
1 tsp Apple vinegar
500ml double cream
6 Grated Apples (we used the Danish Apple ‘Inge Marie’)
150g Dark Chocolate
Turn the oven to 100 Degrees C (Fan 80). Whisk the Egg white until it’s stiff, add Vinegar and whisk again. While whisking, gradually add the Sugar and whisk until the Meringue is thick, white and stiff. Put the Meringue in a piping bag and pipe out 7 Nests onto a baking sheet. Bake for 1 Hour. Remove from oven and cool. In my opinion, the Meringue is best when it’s a bit gooey on the inside!
Grate the Apples on a grater, set aside. Whip the cream and mix in the Apple, cover with cling film and set to cool in the fridge. Chop the Chocolate. Once Nests are cooled, pipe on the ‘Apple Cream’ and sprinkle with the Chocolate and serve. Enjoy!
Upon creating this yummy treat I had the help of my faithful Taster 🙂 Looks like the little guy likes mummy’s baking.
Hope everyone is looking forward to a weekend spent with family and friends. I think if the little man allows it there will be more baking in the cards for us!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this season is my favourite! One of the reasons I love autumn is the great Veg and Fruit that come in season. I always try to do some seasonal bakes, and nothing says autumn more to me than a good Apple pie! Perfect for enjoying after time spent outdoors.
This year I thought I’d try myself with a classical American Apple pie, so I turned to Roy Fares (she makes beautiful cakes!) her book ‘United States of Cake’ had a great looking recipe that I just had to try.
Best enjoyed with family and preferably whilst beating them in a game of ‘Partners’ 😉
Hope everyone else is enjoying autumn as much as me!