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Hygge Baking

Hygge Baking


Children adore baking almost as much as they enjoy eating the fruits of their labor. Time spent together baking is a great way to share an experience as well as learning about measurements, following instructions, and being creative. For me, preparing food and baking is a key part of hygge. I don’t mind what part of the world the cuisine comes from. We cook everything from the traditional to more exotic meals from all over the globe. Hygge cooking should not be restricted to one particular idea or narrowed down to what you should cook. Getting together in the kitchen and baking something together that everyone will enjoy is the most important thing. 

Not only can you bake for your own family, but you will find baked goods are a very popular gift idea for friends, neighbors, and family. There is nothing better at creating a feeling of hygge within your local community than bringing around a freshly baked collection of cakes or muffins. 

While I love stews and soups during the winter, I have always found children prefer to make cakes and desserts than main courses. They love the taste of course, as well as the appearance and the magic of a wonderfully-smelling baked delight emerging from the warm oven. Here are some of my favorite recipes that I have found children can make easily, allow for some personal creativity and innovation, and taste delicious. 


Bake muffins 

All the extra equipment you need is a muffin pan. Choose one that is ideally non-stick and go for a slightly heavier, higher quality pan. These are reinforced and will prevent it from warping in the oven or when placed under cold water. You can also get some fun paper liners of various colors and patterns for the decoration of your muffins. These add a little magic to the process and the kids will enjoy choosing their designs. 

Do make sure you’ve preheated the oven properly and sprayed the muffin tins or lined or greased them. You will find them sticking otherwise and hard to remove. Muffin batter will freeze as well. If you make a little more than you needed, freeze and re-use next time. Here is my easiest, go-to recipe that the kids now make on their own. It takes very little time and is perfect to use up bananas that may have just gone past their best. 

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Banana and Chocolate Muffins 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 ½ – 3 bananas, mashed 
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 cup oil 
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips 


Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 375F. Make sure it’s at this temperature before adding your muffins. Prepare the pan by adding in your chosen paper liners or if you have none, just grease the bottom of the pan. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda into a bowl that you can set aside. In a new bowl, now add the mashed bananas, sugar, oil, vanilla, and egg. Add in the dry ingredients to this bowl and mix it. Be careful not to overmix here. Just a light mix until everything is just combined is perfect. Spoon in the mixture into the muffin pan. 

Add the muffins into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes. Extract from the oven and leave them in the muffin pan for 5 minutes. Then remove them to a wire rack to cool a little before serving. A guaranteed success! 


Make pancakes for breakfast (and lunch and dinner) 

Pancakes are traditionally thought of as breakfast fare, but they are great for any time of the day. You don’t have to go only for sweet pancakes. Opt for the savory, followed by the sweet for the full pancake meal experience. 

These are great fun to make, especially with the flipping element and the odd disaster where they end up half-way across the kitchen due to an over-enthusiastic throw. Children will love getting involved to prepare the meal. Here are a couple of my favorites to which we often turn throughout the year. 

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Blueberry and buttermilk pancakes 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ¾ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 cups buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 
  • Maple syrup, for serving 


Directions 

Heat the oven to 200°F and place a rack in the middle with a baking sheet ready for the cooked pancakes. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda to a bowl and whisk until combined. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter into another bowl and whisk until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the flour is just incorporated. Heat a large frying pan, skillet, or griddle over medium heat for about 4 minutes. 

Once the pan is ready to put about ¼ of a cup of the batter onto the pan for each pancake. Sprinkle each pancake with ¼ cup of the blueberries. Cook until bubbles appear and then flip over. Cook the other side until golden brown. Add the pancakes to a plate to eat straight away or keep in the oven to remain warm. Continue with the remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup or ice-cream (or both). 


Triple chocolate pancakes 

Ingredients 

  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil 
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup of sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips 
  • Cooking oil, butter or margarine 
  • Chocolate sauce or hot fudge sauce 


Directions 

Add the eggs to a bowl and whisk until blended. Add milk and oil and whisk to combine. In a different bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and salt, and mix. Stir in chocolate chips. Add the dry to the wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Drop about ¼ cup of pancake batter for each pancake onto the frying pan. 

When the bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, flip the pancakes and cook the other side until golden brown. This will take about a minute. Remove pancakes and either serve immediately or place in the oven to stay warm. Serve with additional chocolate chips sprinkled over the top or hot fudge sauce. 

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Make waffles 

I have found these have become a huge family favorite in no time. If you have an old waffle iron lying around that may have fallen out of favor, try bringing it out of retirement and back into action as kids love both making and eating waffles. They are easy to cook and the whole process is an enjoyable one of which they can feel a proper part. There are so many varieties of waffles to make it is hard to choose just a couple. They go well with just about any kind of fruit and make a great breakfast or dessert later in the day. 

If you’ve never tried waffling, you can get yourself a waffle iron cheaply at the store or perhaps borrow one from a friend to see how you go. Just make sure you clean them as soon as they have cooled down properly and you will get many years’ service out of them. It is important to look after them, otherwise, you will find the waffles becoming sticky each time. You don’t require any other additional equipment you don’t have in your kitchen now. A large bowl, a spatula, and a wire rack are all you need. 

Here are a couple of my favorite recipes, but a lot of the fun is in experimenting and encouraging everyone in the family to do the same. Throw in all kinds of toppings and extras and see what the result is! 


Jam Waffles 

Use your favorite type of jam here or try with a variety to see what everyone loves! 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 ½ tablespoon white sugar 
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • ½ cup melted butter 
  • Jam – the family choice 

Directions 

Preheat the waffle iron. Add the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder into one bowl and mix. In a new bowl, add the eggs, milk, and butter and whisk everything together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix. 

Add around ¼ cup of batter to the waffle iron. As this starts to cook, add some jam on to the center, followed by another ¼ cup of batter. Shut the waffle iron and cook for a couple of minutes. Remove to serve. This is perfect with a little vanilla ice cream on top. 


Raspberry Waffles 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups raspberries (frozen and defrosted or fresh) 
  • ¾ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar 
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 ½ cups milk or buttermilk 
  • ½ cup melted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


Directions 

Add the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder into a large bowl and mix. Take a new bowl and add the milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla and mix again. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold in the raspberries. 

Ensure the waffle iron is hot and add in the mixture. Shut the lid until cooked and remove to serve with maple syrup or a topping of sugar and extra fruit on the side. 

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Make a sheet cake 

What can be more exciting than to see an entire baking tray of your creation come out of the oven, ready to be cut into small pieces for everyone to share? These are easy to make, will be enjoyed by all and are a simple way to get everyone involved in baking for the family. Here is one of my personal favorites to make. 


Chocolate Cherry Sheet cake 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract 
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped finely 


Directions 

Preheat the oven to 350F. While this is heating up, prepare a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray or grease it to ensure your sheet cake can be removed easily. 

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl and set to one side. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugars, vanilla, and almond extracts until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one into the bowl and beat after each one. Now beat the flour mixture in and then add chocolate chips and the dried cherries. Stir everything together and add all the batter to the pan. 

Bake for 25 minutes and then remove to cool. Cut into squares of the size of your choosing and serve. 


Hot drinks 

All kinds of hot drinks are enjoyed both by children and adults alike. They go perfectly with a just-baked cake or other treats. As well as the lovely taste, it gives everyone a chance to sit around a table and have a rest and a chat. A cup of tea or coffee or hot chocolate is a great opportunity to share a story or relive the highlights of the day together. 

Encourage your children to try out all different kinds of hot drinks. You could offer herbal teas for example such as chamomile or lemon which also have a wonderful scent. Hot chocolate, covered in marshmallows or cream, will always present itself as a special treat and will bring everyone to the table. With a piece of cake, after a foray into the cold outside, this is a perfect way to celebrate a true hygge lifestyle

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