Discover the essence of hygge as revealed by Brontë Aurell, Danish owner of London’s ScandiKitchen, which also features some of her favourite recipes to help you enjoy a hyggelig time. We have three copies to win and a recipe below…

Kladdkaka: Sticky Chocolate Cake

“This cake is one of the most famous fika cakes in Sweden. Every café has a version of Kladdkaka (which literally means ‘Sticky Cake’). It is a bit like an under-baked chocolate cake and that is exactly what makes it so very good. This is our Auntie Inga’s recipe. It’s an easy cake to make, but watch the baking: too little and it’s a runny mess; too much and it’s a stodgy, dry cake.”

Ingredients – Serves 6

2 eggs
200g granulated sugar
150g plain/all-purpose flour or cake flour
3 tbsp good-quality cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp vanilla sugar or extract
a pinch of salt
100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
whipped cream, to serve
A 20cm deep round cake pan, greased and lined with baking parchment

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.
2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light, fluffy and pale.
3. Sift all the dry ingredients into the egg and sugar mixture.
4. Fold in until everything is incorporated, then fold in the melted butter.
5. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for around 10-15 minutes. The exact time can vary, so keep an eye on the cake. A perfect kladdkaka is very, very soft in the middle, but not runny once it has cooled – but almost runny. The cake will not rise, but it will puff up slightly during baking.
7. If you press down gently on the cake, the crust should need a bit of pressure to crack. When this happens, the cake is done. Leave to cool in the pan.
8. Serve with whipped cream, dusted with cocoa powder.

Competition

To win a copy of ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge, simply enter your details below.

Terms and conditions: All entries must be received by 23 March 2017 at 11.59pm. The winners will be selected at random and receive a copy of ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge. Non refundable. No cash alternative. All entrants will be added to the Street Eats London newsletter to be first to hear about new competitions, deals and food news.

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Discover more recipes at home HERE

Read our interview with Bronte Aurell here

ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge by Bronte Aurell (Ryland Peters & Small, £9.99) Photography by Peter Cassidy

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