Have you ever had a danish? No, no, no.... I don't mean the jam or custard filled things you find at most bakeries. I mean a REAL danish. Well I have and you can too if you visit Hygge Bakery in Downtown LA.
What does Hygge mean? Well, apparently it doesn't translate directly into english, but I found an illustration of the term on the world wide web.
"Gather the family and invite over a couple of good friends. Push the sofas and chairs up close to the coffee table. Douse the electricity and light some candles. Better yet, light a fire in the hearth. Serve plenty of food and drink. Raise a toast or two, or three, and feel the warmth flow around the table. Look at each other until you see the candlelight shimmering in each other's eyes. You've got hygge!"
Isn't that beautiful! Well so are the danishes!
When I first walked in I was overwhelmed; I had never been inside a bakery whose pastries, for the most part, were completely foreign to me! I asked a ton of questions and received answers to all of them, plus samples, from a very friendly and helpful staff. The "slice," pictured above, was one of my favorites and one of their best sellers. It is a light flaky danish filled with custard, chocolate and icing, all of which come together in delicious harmony.
Here are some wonderful pastries I didn't get to try :(
But I did get to try these rum balls! They were chocolaty rummy goodness!
And this tree truck was also excellent! Similar to the rum ball in the center: moist, chocolaty and rummy, but covered with a delicious layer of marzipan and drizzled with more chocolate.
Not to mention the prices were so affordable! I like this hygge concept, especially in the heart of Downtown LA where it is very much needed.