Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mum’s Essential Tips

I have been browsing through one of our household tips books, researching features for the 2014 Dairy Diary and it got me thinking about the tips my mum has passed on to me.

It’s quite incredible how technology has advanced in the last 30 years or so and, as a consequence, the way we look after our homes has changed dramatically.

I think we have lost some
valuable skills and knowledge
through the generations.

There is some very simple advice Mum has passed on, such as, leaving the covers back each morning to air the bed and putting a pudding in the oven whilst the roast is cooking (to make the most of the energy used). We always used to have a good old-fashioned rice pudding or egg custard after our Sunday roast.

It’s about time I revived this tradition I think, especially in an age when being ‘green’ is so important. I even remember her using something called Economy Seven, where she would put the washing machine on during the night when electricity was cheaper. Does anyone else remember this?

Mum isn’t a keen cook, but she always baked with me as a child as she knew how much I loved it.

Most vividly, I remember making sweets, such as peppermint creams and coconut ice.

We used to give them as gifts. Such fond memories, thanks Mum!

In homage to those halcyon days, I am going to do my best to persuade my train loving, baking-reluctant little boy to make some of these cute little sweets with me at the weekend.

Coconut Ice recipeThis Coconut Ice recipe is taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery, a family heirloom in its own right! Many sons and daughters have been given one by their mum upon leaving home. Still full of those crucial basics we all love, with the addition of some new classics, the 2012 edition is available to buy online at the Dairy Diary website.

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Coconut Ice

They look wonderful and would make a super present.

Coconut Ice from The Dairy Book of Home CookeryMakes 50
Preparation 15 mins plus setting
Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 52 kcals
2g fat (1.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

75ml (2½fl oz) milk
450g (1lb) granulated sugar
15g (½oz) butter
110g (4oz) desiccated coconut
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pink food colouring

1 Pour milk and 75ml (2½fl oz) water into a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Add sugar and butter. Heat slowly, stirring, until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Bring to the boil. Cover pan and boil gently for 2 minutes.

2 Uncover and continue to boil steadily, stirring occasionally, for 7–10 minutes or until a little of the mixture, dropped into a cup of cold water, forms a soft ball when rolled gently between finger and thumb. Temperature on sugar thermometer, if using, should be 116°C (240°F). Remove from heat.

3 Add coconut and vanilla. Beat briskly until mixture is thick and creamy. Pour half into an 18cm (7in) square tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Quickly colour remainder pale pink with food colouring. Spread over white layer. Leave in the tin until firm and set. Cut into squares.

Recipe taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

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Facebook competition | Three days left to win a fabulous Breadmaker

Dairy Diary Facebook competition | Win a Breadmaker

Just a three days left to enter our Facebook sweepstake!

Fancy waking to the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread every morning?

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Behind the scenes of the Dairy Diary – meet the team

Once a month, I will give you a behind the scenes look at the Dairy Diary and meet the team.

We are a small group but each one of us very different…..this month Graham, our marketing and design guru.

What is your role within Dairy Diary?
I help Nick and Emily with the Dairy Diary and Dairy Cookbook marketing strategies, and design marketing materials such as leaflets, adverts and the website. In addition, I have designed the last five Dairy Cookbooks.

What’s the best thing about working on Dairy Diary?
It’s a privilege to work on a product that has such a long heritage and is loved by so many people.

What’s the worst thing about working on Dairy Diary?
Working with food images means that it is very difficult to forget about eating. And I snack far too much! (Note to self: lock fridge door)

Tell us something we don’t know about you
I have fallen in love with live music again and will be found at The Cambridge Rock Festival in August, camping for all four days and enjoying the fabulous rock music, great food (Tibetan, Caribbean, veggie, etc) and 70 real ales!

What are your favourite things in life?
Other than my wife, kids and new puppy? Well, I love the mountains; rock climbing, walking, skiing… anything which gets me into the mountains. The more remote the better.

What is your favourite Dairy Diary or Dairy Cookbook recipe?
It has to be Ginger and Banana Sponge Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce and served with real custard. It is so, so good; everything a pudding should be and then some.

Ginger and Banana Sponge Pudding
with Hot Toffee Sauce

If you ever need a recipe that is the
definition of comfort food – this is it!
Let it gently steam away while you
enjoy the wonderful aromas.

Recipe taken from The New Dairy Cookbook

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Ginger and Banana Sponge Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce

If you ever need a recipe that is the definition of comfort food – this is it! Let it gently steam away while you enjoy the wonderful aromas.

Serves 6
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter, 110g (40z) + extra for greasing
Light muscovado sugar, 11Og (4oz)
Eggs, 2, beaten
Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
Self-raising flour, 11Og (4oz) ~
Ground ginger, ½ teaspoon
Salt, pinch
Bananas, 2 medium
Milk, 2 tablespoons
Stem ginger in syrup, 4 pieces + 3 tablespoons of the syrup from the jar

Golden syrup, 4 tablespoons
Butter, 50g (2oz)

1 In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla extract.Sift in the flour, ground ginger and salt, then fold in lightly using a large metal spoon.

2 Using a fork or potato masher, mash the bananas thoroughly, then fold them into the creamed mixture with the milk.

3 Butter a 900ml (1½ pint) pudding basin. Slice the stem ginger and place it in the bottom of the basin with the 3 tablespoons of syrup from the jar. Spoon over the creamed mixture and level the surface. Cover the basin tightly with a piece of buttered foil.

4 Steam the pudding in a steamer or a large saucepan for 2 hours 15 minutes, making sure that the water does not boil dry, and topping up with boiling water as needed.

5 Allow the pudding to cool slightly whilst you make the sauce. Gently heat the syrup and butter together, then simmer for 1 minute. Remove the foil from the pudding, run a knife around the edge to loosen it, then invert onto a large plate. Serve with the sauce.

Cook’s tips
If cooking in a saucepan, the water needs to be about one-third of the way up the pudding basin.
To measure syrup, warm a metal spoon in boiling water or over a gas flame so that the syrup slides off easily.
Custard or single cream could be served with the pudding.

Recipe taken from The New Dairy Cookbook

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Competition | Win a Breadmaker for National Bread Week

Competition | Win a Russell Hobbs Breadmaker

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My other half is a baker and so I am spoilt with freshly baked bread on a regular basis.

Many people shy away from making their own bread, but it can be incredibly rewarding. I have to admit though, on days when time is short (frequently!) we do turn to our breadmaker. It’s so easy and the aroma and taste you get for so little effort is fantastic.

Obviously, to eat too much of anything is not good for you, but bread really does get a bad press. In reality, one slice has only around 85 calories and less than 1g of fat. It’s usually what we put on the bread that adds the calories!

This week is National Bread Week,
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Get baking for National Bread Week

Try these fabulous Sally Lunns or Traditional Bread Rolls, both from the Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

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