Baking forces us to take time out from our busy lives and, in doing so, reminds us why that is necessary.

A world of steamed-up kitchen windows, cake parties on deserted Scandinavian beaches, family Christmas traditions, aky Danish pastries, crusty dense breads and creamy layer cakes is summoned up in Trine Hahnemann’s spectacularly beautiful new baking book.

Here Trine presents 100 authentic, triple-tested Scandinavian recipes with a modern twist, shot on location in Scandinavia. Scandinavian crispbreads abound, as do savoury tarts and recipes for smørrebrød and different toppings to be eaten at a social lunch known as a smørgåsbord.

In the book, Trine teaches us how we can fit the making of bread into our busy lives, without compromising on quality. And then there’s the sweet baking... a recipe for each kind of Danish pastry you could ever wish for, a cookie for every occasion, and mouth-watering layer cakes, co ee cakes and cream buns. Both Midsummer and Christmas festivities are built around the making of cakes, cookies and breads of all sorts, and the baking celebrations of both seasons are included in the book.

Throughout the book, Trine writes about the baking world in Scandinavia: the tradition of the ‘cake table’ party; how spices came to the frozen north; or how using older strains of grain will boost the nutritional worth of your daily bread. The book is su used with ‘hygge’, a Danish word that has no English equivalent but means cosiness, or relaxing with friends over good food and drink. This is a de nitive work to instruct, inspire and delight.