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Hygge Hot Cocoa

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Makes: 1 Mug | Total Time: 5 Minutes

hyg·ge

/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə/

(noun)

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture): “Why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?”

Wisconsin Winter Beauty In Manitowoc County 2020

Hygge is a lifestyle that I have embraced as far back as I can remember, and that was way (waaaaaaay) before it became a ‘thing’ here in America.

I grew up in a house filled with hygge; both my parents were fond of cozy fireplaces, kerosine lanterns (even if the power wasn’t out), incense, potpourri, warm quilts and the perfect hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with milk was a favorite, especially after a day spent outside playing in the snow. (And yes, I’ve had frostbite – twice!)

I guess you can say that hygge is in my blood. I am of Danish descent (half of me is, anyway, the other half is German). My father’s ancestors came from Copenhagen – one was, in fact, a head chef for the king in the early part of the 20th century.

I guess you can see where I get the culinary gene from!

Back to the hygge thing…

We have been living in our new (old) place in the country for 4 months now, so the only season we have experienced here so far is winter. I must admit that winter is a very pretty time of year, you just gotta look for the beauty!

Birds In Wisconsin Wonderland

With that said, the high here tomorrow won’t get above zero (without the wind chill). To get an idea of the kind of winds we get around here (thank you, Lake Michigan), check out the snow blowing wildly off the trees in the video I had so much fun making for you – (Pssst! All of you southerners can live vicariously through it!)

Doing any kind of work outside when the temps drop this far down can be dangerous, so you gotta move real fast – it is the only way to keep a body’s temperature up. (Those drifts in the driveway need to be cleared every few hours when we have 40 mph gusts, you know.)

When I am out there in that blustery tundra, I can’t help but notice the colors of the sky, trees, and snow. White has many shades, as does gray. At the risk of getting hypothermia, I still do stop for a moment or two to take it all in. Being outside is part of the hygge – because it makes the inside seem so much warmer!

The best part about these long, cold Wisconsin winters? Coming in out of the cold and having a mug of Hygge Hot Cocoa. You can make your own hot chocolate recipe at home. (Why drive to the store to buy hot cocoa when the roads are covered with ice?) In fact, you probably already have the ingredients for homemade hot chocolate in your pantry. Make your hot chocolate from scratch with my Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe – it’s easy and only takes 5 minutes. Then all you have to do is add hot milk (or water), brandy, the warm brightness of orange and the soothing floral of lavender. 

Now that you’ve made the perfect hot chocolate, you can go on to create your own hygge experience; warm blankets, scented candles, rich colors, incense, taxidermy… 

However you hygge, you’ll be glad to have this Hygge Hot Cocoa recipe in your arsenal.


Hygge Hot Cocoa

Total Time: 5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk, hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream, for topping (optional)
  • chai tea latte mix, for garnish (optional)

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.

2. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.

Make Hot Chocolate From Scratch

3. Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

4. Bring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!

How To Hygge

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Hygge Hot Cocoa With Essential Oils

Hygge Hot Cocoa

Need some hot cocoa ideas? Here is the perfect hot chocolate recipe that I guarantee you've never had before!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Mug

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream for topping, optional
  • chai tea latte mix for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.
  • dd 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.
  • Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.
  • ring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!
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Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding

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Serves: 8 | Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

This is the best rice pudding recipe for summertime, especially if you are looking for summer pudding ideas that aren’t too heavy.

A twist on old fashioned rice pudding, this lavender lemon dessert is cooked over the stove – low and slow for maximum creaminess. You can have this summer rice pudding with tea (think garden tea party), but my favorite accompaniment to have with it is a glass of good chardonnay with big, bold fruit flavor – one that isn’t too dry. 

Don’t be intimidated by the candied lemon peel. The method I use with this recipe is so easy, and the process can be done while the pudding is cooking. (The rice and the candied lemon peel will finish cooking right about the same time.)

Don’t you just love when that happens?

If you are serving this summer dessert at a dinner party, multiply the recipe and chill the pudding in a pan. Top the whole shebang with the Herbes De Provence and candied lemon peel, put your best silver serving spoon alongside it, and ta da!

You are now ready to impress your guests with this one-of-a-kind, gourmet dessert. 


Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding

Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Prep: 5 Minutes / Cook: 40 Minutes / Chill: 1 Hour

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cups whole milk
  • peel of 2 lemons
    • Use a vegetable peeler to take off large strips of the lemon peel, topmost yellow part only. Strips should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide, 2 inches long and paper thin.
  • 3/4 cup medium grain rice (not instant)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespoons silver rum
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • Herbes de Provence, for garnish

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk and lemon peel. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, cook for a minute while stirring to prevent the milk from scorching, then remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the rice.

2. Use a slotted spoon to fish out the lemon peels. Rinse the peels under cold water, then transfer them to a small saucepan. Add about a 1/2 to 1 cup of water, just enough to cover the peels. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the water is mostly evaporated.

3. While the lemon peels are being candied, stir the vanilla and rum into the rice mixture. Return the saucepan to the stove and bring the rice to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Stir just enough to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan and to prevent a film from forming on top of the milk.

Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding

4. When the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow to cool slightly.

5. Remove the saucepan with the lemon peels from the heat as soon as they begin to dry out. This will prevent the sugar from burning. They will be very sticky. Carefully transfer them to a sheet of parchment paper. When slightly cooled, use your fingers to spread them out so that they don’t stick together. Allow them to curl a bit, or you can help curl them into pretty spirals and such. 

6. Add the lavender essential oil and the remaining 3/4 cup sugar to the rice and stir well to combine. Allow to cool, then refrigerate the pudding prior to serving. 

7. When the pudding has had time to chill, serve it in small dessert dishes garnished with a sprinkle of Herbes de Provence and a couple pieces of the candied lemon peel. 

Summer Rice Pudding

Summer Dessert Idea
Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding

Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding

This is the best rice pudding recipe for summertime, especially if you are looking for summer pudding ideas that aren’t too heavy. Perfect for tea parties!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Gourmet
Servings 8 people
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups whole milk
  • peel of 2 lemons (see note below)
  • ¾ cup medium grain rice (not instant)
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespons silver rum
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • Herbes de Provence for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk and lemon peel. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, cook for a minute while stirring to prevent the milk from scorching, then remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the rice.
  • Use a slotted spoon to fish out the lemon peels. Rinse the peels under cold water, then transfer them to a small saucepan. Add about a 1/2 to 1 cup of water, just enough to cover the peels. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the water is mostly evaporated.
  • While the lemon peels are being candied, stir the vanilla and rum into the rice mixture. Return the saucepan to the stove and bring the rice to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Stir just enough to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan and to prevent a film from forming on top of the milk.
  • When the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Remove the saucepan with the lemon peels from the heat as soon as they begin to dry out. This will prevent the sugar from burning. They will be very sticky. Carefully transfer them to a sheet of parchment paper. When slightly cooled, use your fingers to spread them out so that they don't stick together. Allow them to curl a bit, or you can help curl them into pretty spirals and such. 
  • Add the lavender essential oil and the remaining 3/4 cup sugar to the rice and stir well to combine. Allow to cool, then refrigerate the pudding prior to serving. 
  • When the pudding has had time to chill, serve it in small dessert dishes garnished with a sprinkle of Herbes de Provence and a couple pieces of the candied lemon peel. 

Notes

Use a vegetable peeler to take off large strips of the lemon peel, topmost yellow part only. Strips should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide, 2 inches long and paper thin.
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