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Yule love it!

Celebrate the festive season Scandi-style, with a focus on food, tradition and home comforts – come on in out of the cold


Author of ScandiKitchen Christmas: Recipes And Traditions From Scandinavia Brontë Aurell describes how, together with her husband, Jonas, she didn’t appreciate the emotional impact of providing seasonal foods to expat Scandinavians. The couple opened their shop and cafe, ScandiKitchen, in London over a decade ago and Aurell describes that first Christmas: ‘To have people standing in our little shop with tears in their eyes because they couldn’t make it back home, and to help them enjoy their foods and traditions was humbling.’

The Scandinavians find much joy in the festive season – when it’s dark and cold outside, candles burn brightly in their homes, home-baked goods and spiced wine are always on offer and they embrace cocooning themselves in the epitome of winter hygge. In the book, you’ll find treats to prepare from each country, such as Finnish Jam Stars, Mormor’s Danish Biscuits, Norwegian Christmas Bread and Swedish Meatballs, plus versions of dishes that are common to all and stories of the festive traditions of the continent.


Saffron is one of the most festive spices in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden, so I sometimes use it in a cake. You can also grind your own saffron in a pestle and mortar. If you’re not a fan of marzipan, omit it from the buttercream filling and add some apple or pear compote between the layers for extra flavour.

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