Forget Blue Monday – make today a peach one!

Today is supposed to be the gloomiest day of the year.

But let’s not dwell on that.

Yes, we’re all trying to ‘be good’ after Christmas, but just for today why not bake a yummy treat and take it to work or to a neighbour or a friend?

Share a slice of this scrummy Peachy Lemon Cake and have a chat with someone who you think may need a little cheering up.

Some kind words (and cake), can make all the difference….

This recipe is taken from the 2018 Dairy Diary, which is still available to purchase here.


Peachy Lemon Cake


Peachy Lemon Cake

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 285 per portion
Fat 17g (10g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Golden caster sugar 150g (5oz) plus extra for sprinkling
  • Lemons 2, finely grated zest only
  • Eggs 3 large
  • Plain flour 150g (5oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Plain yogurt 4 tbsp
  • Peaches 3, stoned and each cut into 8 wedges
  • Plain yogurt or crème fraîche to serve (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a 23cm (9in) cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs then sift in flour and baking powder. Gently stir in yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and scatter peach wedges randomly on top, pressing them in a little. Bake for 1 hour until risen and golden. 4 Cool in tin for 10 minutes then cool on a rack. Refrigerate. 5 Sprinkle with sugar and serve with yogurt or crème fraîche.


A Dairy Diary recipe.






Recipe of the Week: New Year Chai Martini

Chai Martini Cocktail

Cheers from all at Dairy Diary!

Have a very happy and healthy 2018.

New Year Chai Martini

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 239 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Chai latte teabags 2
  • Granulated sugar 4 tsp or to taste
  • Single cream 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Vanilla vodka 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Ice cubes 16
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling


  1. Place teabags into a heatproof measuring jug and pour in 100ml (3½fl oz) boiling water. Leave to brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove teabags, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour in cream and vanilla vodka and leave to cool.
  3. Place half the ice in a cocktail shaker and pour in half the liquid. Shake well then strain into two martini glasses. Repeat with remaining liquid and ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.




Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Ice Cream with Salted Caramel

Chocolate Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce


This gorgeous dessert makes a fab alternative to Christmas Pudding on the ‘big day’.

Chocolate Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 460 per portion
Fat 29g (17g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Whole milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Dark chocolate 100g bar, broken up
  • Egg yolks 3 large
  • Caster sugar 325g (11½oz)
  • Whipping cream 300ml pot
  • Double cream 150ml pot
  • Sea salt 1 tsp


  1. Heat milk in a pan, add chocolate and stir until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks with 75g (3oz) sugar until thick. Stir in chocolate milk then pour back into pan and cook over gentle heat, stirring, until custard coats the back of a spoon. Cool in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whip whipping cream to soft peaks then fold into custard. Put in an ice cream maker to churn or freeze in a plastic tub for 3 hours. Break up, mix until smooth, freeze again and repeat.
  4. Dissolve remaining sugar in 4 tablespoons water in a pan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and bubble to make caramel. Remove from heat, pour in cream, add salt and stir until smooth. Pour into a jug and serve with scoops of ice cream.

Cook’s tip
Salted caramel sauce will keep for up to 2 weeks in a jar in the fridge.





Get a little bit crafty this Christmas

Crafty Christmas

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about sitting in front of the fire creating something lovely.

And with these simple tags, you can add a personal touch to Christmas gifts without spending lots of time and money.


Here’s how:


What you’ll need

  • A selection of offcuts of cards and paper
  • Ready-made tags (optional)
  • A hole punch
  • Ribbons
  • Christmas buttons or embellishments
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black pen




Christmas Gift TagesChristmas gifts tag

1 Punch a hole in a piece of rectangular card. Thread a ribbon through the hole.

2 Cut 3 squares in different sizes and stick them onto the card.

3 Adorn with ribbon and/or buttons to look like presents.


Christmas tree tag

1 Punch a hole in a piece of rectangular card. Thread a ribbon through the hole.

2 From green card, cut out 2 isosceles triangles of equal size (draw around the first to ensure the second is identical). Stick 1 triangle onto the tag. Fold the second triangle in half and stick only 1 half on top of the first – this gives a 3D tree effect.

3 Stick a piece of ribbon below the tree for its trunk and a star button or embellishment above.


Baubles tag

1 Make 2 tags as above or use ready-made tags.

2 Cut around 2 pence pieces to create as many round bauble as you would like – I have made 3. Stick 2 onto the tags and fold the third in half. Stick this on top of another to create a 3D effect.

3 Draw ‘strings’ onto the tags using a black pen.

4 Stick on other buttons/embellishments to create more baubles ‘hanging’ from the string.





Recipe of the Week: Gooey Pud with Salted Caramel Sauce

Gooey Pud with Salted Caramel Sauce

Gooey Pud with Salted Caramel Sauce

This decadent pud can be made in advance, so you can leave it to cook while you enjoy time with loved ones.

Serves 10-12
Preparation 20 minutes
Cooking 45-50 minutes
Per portion: 348 Kcal, 21g fat (13g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing






Cook it Slowly! cookbook

The recipe is from Cook it Slowly! cookbook; our sell-out cookbook, which will be back in stock in January.

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