Swedish fika relaxation techniques at home

Swedish fika relaxation techniques at home

Our relaxation technique guide will keep you feeling zen with a cinnamon roll recipe!

There were times when your itinerary was packed with deadlines and meetings and the vision of enjoying a cup of coffee; even for a tiny little moment; was an unfulfilled dream. But when time has slowed down as you retired and you no longer have to dash for important meetings; is it still necessary to take breaks at all?
Of course it is! The mere fact of your life rhythm having changed should not make you forget that taking a break as a relaxation technique is by all means beneficial to your wellbeing. The good news is your coffee break nowadays can last as long as you want it to, so why not make it a very long and relaxing one? Breaks from what? From the everyday, from the routine, from overwhelming relations, the list goes on. So let’s start over again and learn how to take a break in your new hustle-free world.
The nation which mastered the art of having a break are Swedes. They even have a separate word for it – FIKA. “It is considered a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break with your friends, date or family”. Very often it is accompanied by pastry like biscuits, cake or sweets. A good point to start with is preparing all the components – a well-brewed coffee and cinnamon rolls – and choosing a charming spot to enjoy a proper fika.
In fact, why not calling your best friend to join you on a morning trip to the nearest park or forest and spend that lovely time out together? Grab a warm blanket, brew your favorite coffee (I go for a hot-brewed Vietnamese Robusta for its rich flavor) pour it into your favorite travel mug, pack your cinnamon rolls (the Swedes also have a master recipe for that), hop on a bike and make your way to the most relaxing getaway from the everyday.
For a lovely cinnamon rolls recipe you should try this one:

Ingredients
(25 buns)
35 g (1¼ oz) yeast
100 g (3½ oz) sugar
300 ml (1½ cup) milk
1 egg
120 g (4 oz) butter
1 tsp salt
1 tbs ground cardemom
750 g (26 oz) flour
Filling:
100 g (4 oz) butter
50 g (2 oz) sugar
2 tbs cinammon
Glaze:
1 egg
2 tbs water
pearl sugar

Preparation
Crumble the yeast in a bowl and stir in a few tablespoons of milk. Melt the butter and pour the milk on it. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough in a dough mixer for 10–15 minutes. Let the dough rise while covered at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Roll out the dough so it is about 3 mm (1/8 in) thick and 30 cm (12 in) wide. Spread the room-temperature butter on top. Make a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough. Roll the dough the long way and cut the roll into about 25 slices. Place them with the cut edge upward in paper molds. Place on a baking sheet and let rise under a towel for about 60 minutes or until the buns have doubled in size.
Beat together the egg and water, brush the mixture carefully on the buns and sprinkle pearl sugar on top. Bake in the oven (220°C/425°F) for 5–6 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack.
(you can also find the recipe on: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/cinnamon-buns/)

  • If any stain appears on your clothes while you and your friends enjoy baking, don’t worry. Just read carefully what your washing label says, then go for Ariel 3in1 pods. It not only lifts the stains, but also gives brilliant cleaning and brightens the colours.

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