Monthly Archives: December 2010

Win Clever Cooking for One or Two

Win a copy of the fabulous Clever Cooking for One or Two Dairy Cookbook

Win a copy of Clever Cooking for One or TwoMouthwatering food for one or two that’s simple to prepare with no waste.

Soups, snacks, main courses, sweets, bakes and cakes – with plenty of hints and tips, they are a joy to prepare.

“Now that’s what I call Clever Cooking!”

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Happy Christmas everyone!

We all know that Christmas is the perfect time to get together with all the family.

Relax after your Christmas guests have goneEven those of us hopeless at keeping in touch usually manage a meet-up over the Christmas period.

However, once the influx of people has disappeared and just a few mince pie crumbs remain, it is lovely to relax, put your feet up and enjoy some tranquillity (and dubious TV programmes.)

Unless you have small children of course!

Clever Cooking

Our Clever Cooking for One or Two cookbook is the perfect antidote to the Christmas frivolities. Full of easy recipes for one or two, it will keep you satisfied with delicious food, without having to slave in the kitchen for hours or waste ever-more expensive ingredients.

This delicious Cranberry & Muesli Muffin recipe from the book is just perfect for using up the leftover cranberry sauce.

Make your own Cranberry Sauce

If you need a simple recipe try our Cranberry Sauce (a world away from the stuff found in a jar). It’s taken from our new edition Dairy Book of Home Cookery – so hot off the press, it doesn’t go on sale until next summer!

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Cranberry Sauce

Simple and quick to make. Why buy it in a jar?

Cranberries Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing
Serves 6
Preparation 3 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 121 kcals, 0g fat (0g saturated)

For duck, goose, game, turkey and lamb.

Granulated sugar 175g (6oz)
Cranberries 225g (8oz)

1 Put 300ml (½ pint) water and sugar into a saucepan. Heat slowly until sugar dissolves.

2 Add cranberries. Cook fairly quickly for 2-3 minutes or until skins pop open.

3 Reduce heat. Simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Recipe taken from new edition Dairy Book of Home Cookery

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Cranberry & Muesli Muffins

Serve these delicious muffins for breakfast or tea – best eaten on the day they are baked

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes
Calories per muffin 303 Kcal
Fat per muffin 11g
of which saturated 6g
Makes 4 muffins
Suitable for vegetarians + freezing

Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
Mixed spice ½ tsp
Salt a pinch
Caster sugar 50g (2oz)
Unsweetened muesli 40g (1½oz)
Egg 1, beaten
Butter 40g (1½oz), melted
Whole milk 2 tbsp
Cranberry sauce 4 tbsp

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line a deep cup muffin tin with 4 paper muffin cases. Sift the flour, spice and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and muesli, reserving some muesli for sprinkling.

2 Make a well in the centre and gradually blend in the egg, melted butter and milk to form a thick batter. Fold the cranberry sauce into the batter.

3 Divide the mixture between the muffin cases (they should be quite full), sprinkle over the remaining muesli and bake in the oven for 30–35 minutes until risen and lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm split with butter and jam.

Recipe taken from Clever Cooking for One or Two Dairy Cookbook

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Christmas Cooking with Children

I loved Kirstie and Phil’s Christmas program last week and have been feeling truly inspired to make things.

If only I wasn’t so exhausted (carrying twins) I would!

The Christmas cards and decorations may not be homemade this year, but I will certainly make an effort to do some cooking with my little boy (especially as he has received some very impressive train cookie cutters for his birthday).

Children of all ages love baking and it is a great way to spend some quality time together (and enjoy eating the results too!)

Why not give these Cranberry & Cinnamon Cookies a try? The recipe comes from our fantastic new cookbook Good Food, Fast, which is on sale now.

Win a set of Cookie CuttersWin a set of Cookie Cutters

We have a fun set of cookie cutters to give away. Perfect for creating tasty treats with children.

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Cranberry and Cinnamon Cookies

A rich shortbread lightly spiced with cinnamon with a contrasting tang from the dried cranberries.

Cranberry & Cinnamon CookiesTime 25 minutes
Calories per cookie 134 Kcal
Fat per cookie 10g
of which saturated 6.2g
Makes 15 cookies
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 250g (9oz)
Ground cinnamon 1 tspSalt a pinch
Unsalted butter 175g (6oz)
Light soft brown sugar 75g (3oz)
Dried cranberries 150g (5oz)

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and grease a baking sheet.

2 To make the dough, sift the flour, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Add the butter, cut into pieces, and rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar to the bowl and continue to work the mixture until it starts to bind together. Add the dried cranberries and work the mixture to form a dough.

3 Roll the dough into a sausage shape about 7cm (2¾in) diameter and cut into slices about 1cm (½in) thick and place them on the baking sheets.

4 Bake the cookies in the centre of the oven for 15–20 minutes, until they are starting to turn light golden in colour. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve the biscuits warm or cold.

If you are unable to find any dried cranberries, use raisins or sultanas in their place.

Recipe taken from Good Food , Fast: Dairy Cookbook

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