Hygge meals to make you feel cosy

Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) is the Danish art of creating a cosy atmosphere, and enjoying the good things, despite the cold, gloomy weather. Think candles, thick rugs, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying delicious comforting meals.

  1. Sumptuous soups

    Nothing beats the feeling that you get from a hot mug of soup on a cold winter’s night. Why not try this chunky minestrone soup, made with soft gnocchi and sweet basil, or a generous bowlful of this gently spiced carrot and coriander soup.

  2. Heavenly hot chocolate

    What could be more comforting than a rich hot chocolate on a wet day? Made with dark chocolate and cocoa powder, this "The Best" hot chocolate recipe is about as cosy as a cup can get. For added sweetness - and even more indulgence - try a milk, dark chocolate and caramel combo together with a blend of rich, warming spices in this luxurious salted caramel hot chocolate recipe – the perfect treat to cosy up with on Bonfire Night.

  3. Gooey cheese

    If you’re going to enjoy hygge with your friends, a delicious dish, oozing with melted cheese is a must. Our mighty mac and cheese with bacon and mascarpone is an instant crowd pleaser, or enjoy this vegan macaroni cheese version for cheese without the actual cheese.

  4. Simple smørrebrød

    Brighten up your day with a mix of vibrant open sandwiches; made with rye bread and topped with delicious combinations of cured meats, fish and zingy pickles. Think smoked salmon with cucumber and radish, or these colourful beetroot and egg sandwiches

  5. Beautiful bakes

    Nothing helps beat the blues like the smell of something sweet baking in the oven on a wet and windy day. Make like the Danes and try cooking a batch of fragrant cinnamon buns; sticky and sweet, and perfect with a good cup of coffee. Better still, bake a giant cinnamon bun for the entire family, spiced with cardamon and cinnamon and drizzled with icing. The Israeli babka is another gorgeous, fragrant cake that's sure to warm you up on a cold and chilly day. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions and you'll have an impressive babka ready in no time.

  6. Mulled wine

    After a hard week at work, nothing says welcome home like a glass of cinnamon-scented mulled wine. Of it you fancy something a little different, why not try this zesty mulled cider, flecked with star anise and allspice.

  7. Brilliant breakfast

    Start your day with a little hygge, and have a wonderfully indulgent breakfast. Warm up on a chilly morning with this comforting bowl of pretty plum and almond porridge, lightly spiced with cinnamon and zesty orange. Using porridge oats, oat bran and quinoa makes it extra hearty, and almond milk makes it vegan and dairy-free. This bircher muesli with pears, maple syrup and cinnamon porridge is another sure way of starting the day the right way - it can also be made in advance to save time and effort and is wonderfully fragrant.