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How to introduce more hygge into your home

Hygge [pronunciation: hoo-guh] is the Danish way of life that’s taking Britain by storm. Although it’s quite the opposite; hygge is all about embracing all things cosy, calming and comfortable with friends and family. Some might say the art of cosiness. As autumn and winter are now approaching, this concept, which lends itself to darker evenings and chilly weekends is just what we need. Whether it’s lighting some candles and curling up on the sofa after a long day, or cooking a favourite meal for your family, here are our top ideas to introduce more Hygge into your home.

Put the kettle on

First thing’s first, pop the kettle on. Tea lovers and coffee fans alike will know that there’s nothing like a brew to put a smile on your face and a warm glow in your tummy. We have a beautiful range of mugs to enjoy your favourite cuppa from.

Light a candle

Set the mood with cosy lighting and flickering candles. Hygge is all about feeling warm and fuzzy, so the perfect lighting set up is a must. We love sparkly tealights and elegant pillar candles to create an autumnal atmosphere.

Snuggle into a throw

Layer up your sofas, beds and armchairs with soft throws, blankets and cushions. Your excuse? Hygge. This season is all about staying warm and mixing textures so team soft cosy blankets with velvety cushions for ultimate comfort.

Light the log burner

If you are lucky enough to have a real fire in your home, it’s time to show it some love. Nothing beats the toasty warmth of logs crackling in the hearth on a chilly evening. We have some fabulous Swedish Kotten pinecone firelighters to make lighting the fire the special occasion it is.

Bring a little greenery inside

Connect with nature indoors. Acting as a natural air-filter, plants also create a cleaner environment by absorbing dust and toxins, whilst simultaneously releasing oxygen and moisture. What’s not to love? So give house plants a stylish home in our gorgeous brass pots.

Invite round friends and family

Hygge is all about embracing quality time with loved ones. Now you have set the perfect atmosphere, bring friends, family and significant others together with a delicious slow cooked meal and delicious home made pudding. Turn off electronics and enjoy catching up with those who mean most.

What are your favourite ways to get cosy as winter approaches? Send us your photos on Facebook or Instagram!

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Best Ever Brownies

Ingredients

  • 350g caster sugar
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan oven). Line and grease a 22cm square baking tin. Stir together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Mix in the eggs, butter and vanilla until combined, and then mix in the chocolate. Pour into the tin.
2. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack.
3. Cut into squares to serve.

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Cream Teas

So the weather is warming up, and here at Hygge At Heart HQ we are in the mood for a delicious cream tea in the sunshine. We have all the perfect accessories to serve up your wares, with pretty mugs and cake plates and our stunning cake stands. So roll up your sleeves, and whip up a batch of these tasty scones, then enjoy with lashings of jam and clotted cream!

Makes 8 (approx)

Ingredients

  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 115g soft margarine
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 85g sultanas
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 150ml milk, plus extra to glaze
  • Strawberry jam and clotted cream to serve


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven).
  • Add the flour and margarine to a bowl and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar and sultanas
  • Add the egg and gradually mix in 150ml of the milk to make a soft dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface then roll out thickly to a generous 2cm/¾ inch thickness, or two fingers.
  • Stamp out circles using a 7cm/2¾ inch fluted biscuit cutter and transfer the scones to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Knead the trimmings and continue rolling and stamping until you have made eight scones.
  • Brush the top of the scones with a little of the remaining milk, then bake for 10–15 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
  • Serve warm, split and topped with jam and clotted cream.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 400g white sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175ml boiling water

Icing:

  • 225g salted butter, slightly softened
  • 75ml double cream
  • 2 tsp mint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Drop or two of green food colouring
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 60g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 160C (fan oven). Grease and line two eight inch cake tins.
2. In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until fully combined. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix until fully combined. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Split the batter evenly between the two cake tins, and bake for 30 -40 minutes, until tops of cakes spring back when you lightly touch in the center.
3. Remove cakes from oven. Allow to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes, then remove to finish cooling on wire racks.
4. Prepare the icing: In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter, cream, and both extracts on medium speed until smooth. With mixer speed on low, slowly add the icing sugar and mix until just combined. Add food colouring and increase speed to medium and beat for about minute, until the icing becomes light, smooth and fluffy. If the icing is too thick, add another tablespoon or two of cream and beat for 30 more seconds. Add chopped chocolate and mix on low until incorporated. Ice the first layer, top and sides of the cooled cake.
Notes
Refrigerate cake until serving.
Do not substitute chocolate chips for chopped chocolate in the icing – it makes the cake very difficult to decorate. To make icing the cake easier, wrap the cakes in cling film and/or refrigerate for an hour or two beforehand. It will make the cakes firmer, which is easier for handling. Bonus – it also makes your cakes more moist.