Most popular recipes of 2021

But what else did everyone love in 2021? I’m not too surprised by the results; we all obviously love comfort food and drink!

Here are the top 5 most viewed recipes.


The two hot drinks are absolutely gorgeous, perfect to warm you up on a wintry day. The Café Noisette recipe was inspired by a drink served for breakfast in a tiny hotel in Paris, and making it always reminds me of my ‘big’ birthday trip to the French capital.

The quiches are from Just for 1 or 2 cookbook and are perfect for batch-cooking and freezing. The pie, which originates from Teviotdale in the Scottish borders, is from our Around Britain cookbook. Both books are so popular we have had to reprint them several times.

And who doesn’t love a sponge pud? These chocolatey desserts are ready in just 20 minutes, so they’re perfect for an impromptu treat.

Click the link below to see if your favourite is on the list.

Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

FREE notecards and the joy of receiving post

I’m easily old enough to have lived half my life before mobile phones and internet access

Those days when post and the telephone were the only way we communicated with distant loved ones. I can still vividly remember the excitement of seeing an envelope in my pigeonhole at university. Whilst having great fun, a letter from home during those first few months in halls would help keep home-sickness at bay.

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Plus don’t miss the FREE Notecards offer!


Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

6 ways to brighten your home now that the Christmas decorations are gone

Whilst I love the tree and Christmas decorations, in January it feels good to get back to a little normality, give everywhere a good dust and tidy

The house can look pretty bare after the glamour of the festive season though. Here are a few simple ideas to keep your home feeling ‘merry and bright’.

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Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

January – The Get Organised month! 

It’s a new month of a new year when many of us feel a renewed enthusiasm for a fresh start!

Here are some of our tips to help get organised after Christmas.

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Emily Davenport

Head of Dairy Diary; I’m passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I’m also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and art with my family, as well as lino printing (if I find time!)

Top 5 New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you have a very happy, healthy and fun-filled 2022.

I always have to think twice about which year it is when writing the date as we work so far in advance; in fact, we will be soon planning the 2024 Diary! Do let us know if you have any suggestions for features and recipes to include, or for new products that you would like to see on sale from Dairy Diary.

Before returning to work and planning new books, we will be starting the New Year as we mean to go on; by cooking some of our delicious recipes. In our house, we LOVE a weekend brunch and the recipes below are some of our absolute favourites. Served with mugs of hot chocolate or proper home-brewed coffee they make the perfect fuel for a family walk in the frosty winter countryside.

Give one or two a try – you won’t be disappointed with our top 5 for brunching at home.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style

Now that the busiest time of year is over, we can take some time to relax and look forward to the New Year!

The days in between Christmas and New Year, sometimes called Twixmas, is for many people who are able to, a time to relax and recharge. Curl up with a film, get out and about in the fresh air to blow the Christmas cobwebs away and work off some of the festive food or allow children to spend time playing with their Christmas gifts!

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