Hygge. It’s all the rage in my house right now. Pronounced, Hoog-ah, but not really because it’s impossible to write it phonetically and make it sound right, it is the Danish word for the feeling of coziness. Hygge goes beyond coziness, though. It seems to be a word that the Danes use to explain warm feelings and experiences that are more abstract. There is really no English equivalent.
Our exchange student from Denmark gave me a book about hygge which I promptly read cover to cover. I like to think I’m a hygge expert now. He is basically a walking example of hygge from his hygge pants (super comfy pajama pants in our world), to his love of all cozy blankets and obsession with Hygge Fætter (chubby people you just want to snuggle…pronounced hooga-fetta). The more hyggelig (hygge-like, pronounced hooglig…kind of), the better.
Hygge is so exciting to me because it has given me a word to finally explain what this whole pie obsession is for me. For six years, I have made occasional attempts to write long explanations of why pie is my thing, but I have never done it justice. Until now. Pie is hygge. Making pie, giving pie, eating pie…it creates an experience that cultivates feelings of coziness, togetherness, sharing, and warmth. Hygge wraps it all into one word.
Pie is hyggelig because it is so uncomplicated. Another concept of hygge is that you can take the hygge right out of something if you make it too complicated or too stressful. I’ve been thinking about this because as I dabble in social media platforms with Pie Eyed, I’m starting to feel like I need to up my pie-making game. Recently, I was tagged about a dozen times in a viral pie video that showed decorative hacks for pie crust. I loved it and enjoyed seeing friends from all facets of my life think of me and send the video my way. It just so happened that I was standing in front of two pie crusts as one of the video notifications came my way. I watched it, then stared at my rolling pin contemplating if I should attempt one of these hacks. In that moment, the hygge factor went down like three notches.
My role on the pie scene is not to teach people how to make fancy pie. Rather, it is to encourage the making, the giving and the creation of simple spaces in our life. I want others to experience hygge. Pie seems to be a medium that can cultivate experiences, interpersonal connections and feelings that no other food can. More pie = more hygge = more happiness.
Back to the pie…
Fall is in the air now but the weather here in Cleveland is solidly summer. Torn between two seasons, I wanted to make a pie that was the perfect transition. This spiced plum and white nectarine pie was perfect! This is a great recipe to warm up your pie making skills. Enjoy!