Monthly Archives: October 2016

4 Brilliant Bonfire Snacks

 

Four brilliant bonfire snacks

 

One of the best things about our latest cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, is the bakes.

These best-loved tried-and-tested recipes have been cooked countless times across the land, and they are truly scrumptious.

The cookbook is crammed full of fabulous comfort food, which is just perfect for warming you up on Bonfire Night.

Here’s our selection for November 5th,
or indeed any autumnal evening when
you’re in need of a little comfort food.

Enjoy folks – I’m convinced you will!

 


Pigs in Blankets

 

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Perfect for outdoor feasts and teatime treats, these crisp wrapped sausages from the 2007 Diary are a popular choice with everyone.

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.


Savoury Muffins

 

Savoury Muffins

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 351 per portion
Fat 22g (11g sat) per portion

These fluffy muffins from 2007, flavoured with bacon and chives and served with a tomato butter, are perfect for elevenses when you fancy a savoury fix.

Ingredients

  • Rindless streaky bacon rashers 175g (6oz), chopped
  • Fine cornmeal 110g (4oz)
  • Plain flour 175g (6oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tbsp
  • Finely snipped chives 3 tbsp
  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2, beaten
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes 40g (1½oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a dry frying pan, gently fry the bacon until lightly browned and crisp. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.
  3. Sift the cornmeal, flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, mix in 2 tablespoons of chives and the bacon, then make a well in the centre.
  4. Melt 75g (3oz) of the butter, mix with the eggs and milk, then pour into the flour. Mix gently, then spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 15–20 minutes until well risen, lightly browned and springy to touch.
  5. Meanwhile, blend the remaining butter with the tomatoes and the remaining chives. Serve with the warm muffins.

Cook’s tips. Unlike other bakes, muffins need only the minimum of mixing to get a light fluffy texture. Too much stirring and they will be heavy.


Crunchy Peanut Brittle

 

Crunchy Peanut Brittle

  • Servings: makes 425g (15oz)
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 72 per portion (15g/½oz)
Fat 3g (0.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarian

Crunchy and utterly moreish, this nutty brittle from the 2014 Diary, is wonderful served with a hot cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Golden syrup 75g (3oz)
  • Unsalted peanuts 175g (6oz)
  • Unsalted butter 15g (½oz)

Instructions

  1. Oil a baking sheet and fill a jug with boiling water.
  2. Put the sugar and golden syrup into a heavy-based pan and add 125ml (4fl oz) cold water. Heat gently, stirring continuously, until the sugar has completely dissolved, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with hot water.
  3. Add the peanuts to the sugar syrup and bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 7–10 minutes until the mixture turns a rich golden caramel colour.
  4. Immediately remove from the heat and add the butter. Do not stir, but mix into the caramel by tilting the pan. Quickly pour onto the oiled baking sheet. Leave to cool and set hard.
  5. When cold, break into pieces and store in a jar or tin, interleaved with non-stick baking paper.

Cook’s tips. Always keep a watchful eye when boiling sugar syrup. It can feel as though it is taking ages then it will suddenly begin to change colour around the edges then quickly darken all over.


Auntie Lou's Bread Pudding

 

Auntie Lou’s Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 228 per portion
Fat 9.8g (5.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Moist and packed full of fruit, you can guarantee everyone will want a second square of this bread pud from the 2006 Diary.

Ingredients

  • White bread, crust removed 225g (8oz), 2–3 days old, torn into small pieces
  • Milk 375ml (13fl oz)
  • Oranges 2, grated zest of both, juice of 1
  • Mixed spice 1 tbsp
  • Raisins 175g (6oz)
  • Sultanas 150g (5oz)
  • Chopped mixed peel 50g (2oz)
  • Ready-to-eat dried prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Ready-to-eat dried apricots 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Glacé cherries 75g (3oz), quartered
  • Granulated sugar 25g (1oz) plus extra to sprinkle
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Butter 150g (5oz), melted
  • Black treacle 1–2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4.
  2. Grease a 23cm (9in) square shallow ovenproof dish.
  3. Soak the bread pieces in the milk in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Transfer to the baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 45–50 minutes until the pudding is lightly browned and set in the centre.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and serve hot. Or leave to cool, cover and chill. Serve cold, cut into squares.

Cook’s tips. Bread pudding is one of those bakes meant to use up the leftovers, so if you don’t have quite enough of one ingredient, mix and match with what you do have.

 


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How to get an extra hour in bed!

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

How to get an extra hour in bed!

Don’t forget to put your clocks back an hour tonight folks, and enjoy an extra hour in bed!

Or, if you’re awake early and have an extra hour to fill why not make these scrumptious streusel muffins.

Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

 


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: makes 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 288 per portion
Fat 12g (7.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 large, beaten
  • Milk 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Pumpkin 275g (10oz), peeled, deseeded and grated
  • Raisins 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 50g (2oz)
  • Demerara sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Melt 110g (4oz) butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then stir in caster sugar. Make a well in centre and pour in eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir until just combined, then fold in pumpkin and raisins. Spoon into muffin cases.
  3. In a separate bowl rub remaining butter into self-raising flour then stir in demerara sugar. Sprinkle over batter in cases then bake for 30-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave in muffin tin for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.


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THE must-do recipe for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

Halloween Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Halloween is looming and my quest to find inexpensive costumes and then the inevitable sweet rationing will soon begin.

Whilst I’m not a big fan of the whole event, I do have three children so I need to enter into the spirit.

I love face painting and in
our house anything goes;
it doesn’t need to be scary.

In fact last year one of my little ones randomly chose ‘blue otter’, which baffled the neighbours!

I do love pumpkin carving. Choosing a few random sized pumpkins and carving something wacky is great fun and you can’t beat the glow of candlelight for atmosphere. (Just be careful folks, those Halloween costumes can be VERY flammable.)

And what to do with the leftover pumpkin?

Dairy Diary has the perfect recipe – it tastes SO good and it easy enough to make with the children.

 

 


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: makes 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 288 per portion
Fat 12g (7.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 large, beaten
  • Milk 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Pumpkin 275g (10oz), peeled, deseeded and grated
  • Raisins 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 50g (2oz)
  • Demerara sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Melt 110g (4oz) butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then stir in caster sugar. Make a well in centre and pour in eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir until just combined, then fold in pumpkin and raisins. Spoon into muffin cases.
  3. In a separate bowl rub remaining butter into self-raising flour then stir in demerara sugar. Sprinkle over batter in cases then bake for 30-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave in muffin tin for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.


 

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Recipe of the Week | Easy Chicken Curry

A taster from the 2017 Dairy Diary

This mild chicken curry is a winner with all the family.

 

Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 417 per portion
Fat 17g (?8.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Dessert apple 1, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Butternut squash 150g (5oz), peeled and diced
  • Curry paste 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Ground ginger ½ tsp
  • Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Mango chutney 1 tbsp
  • Cooked chicken 175-225g (6-8oz), cut into chunks
  • Cooked basmati rice, naan bread and flaked almonds to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion, apple, squash and curry paste. Cover and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Pour milk into pan, then add mango chutney and cooked chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve curry on a bed of rice sprinkled with almonds and with naan bread, if using.


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The Diary of the Future!

Dairy Diary 2017 - the diary of the future

Adults in the UK spend an average of 2 hours, 26 minutes each day on a mobile device.

Whether it’s browsing the internet, planning the weekly shop, or accessing a calendar, we are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology.

But is this obsession with all things digital really necessary? Technology is a wonderful thing (hence why we’re using it right now) but does it need to replace everything?

Imagine a diary which is on all the time, never needs charging,
can be scrolled through in seconds, and enables you to add and
delete entries faster than you can say ‘Where’s the diary app?’

Take a look at this brand new device here.

You guessed it. It’s a real life paper diary.

One with delicious recipes, fab features, a handy pocket and even date stickers. 

Yes, of course, it’s the Dairy Diary!

The 2017 Dairy Diary allows you to do all of the above and much more, making it as relevant today as the first edition was in the pre-digital age 35 years ago.

From delicious and easy to follow recipes to inspirational ideas for activity holidays and handy hints and tips on topics as diverse as gardening and home budgeting, the Dairy Diary is a vital source of information which the whole family can access in an instant.


For more information, or to order your copy (what are you waiting for?) visit our website or ask your milkman – you can even order in a non-digital way if you wish!


 

Fancy a taster? This mild chicken curry is a winner with all the family.

 

Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 417 per portion
Fat 17g (?8.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Dessert apple 1, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Butternut squash 150g (5oz), peeled and diced
  • Curry paste 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Ground ginger ½ tsp
  • Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Mango chutney 1 tbsp
  • Cooked chicken 175-225g (6-8oz), cut into chunks
  • Cooked basmati rice, naan bread and flaked almonds to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion, apple, squash and curry paste. Cover and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Pour milk into pan, then add mango chutney and cooked chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve curry on a bed of rice sprinkled with almonds and with naan bread, if using.

 


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Competition! Win a Gourmet Gadgetry Chocolate Fountain plus Chocolate Mint Biscuit Bars Recipe

Win a Chocolate Fountain

Win a Gourmet Gadgetry Chocolate Fountain

Dairy Diary and Lakeland are offering you the chance to win the chocoholic’s ultimate dream – just imagine liquid chocolate gently cascading down the tiers of this fountain of sheer indulgence.

Certain to be a real show-stopper at any party.

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Deliciously retro, these biscuit bars will go down a storm.

Taken from the fabulous 2017 Dairy Diary, which is on sale now! Click here.

 

Chocolate Mint Biscuit Bars

Chocolate Mint Biscuit Bars

  • Servings: Makes 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 321 per portion
Fat 14g (8.7g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Plain flour 175g (6oz)
  • Icing sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Peppermint extract ½ tspDark chocolate 175g (6oz), chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4 and grease a tin or dish 25cm x 17cm (10in x 7in). Cream butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy. Mix in flour and knead to a smooth dough. Press into tin, prick all over with a fork then bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool in tin.
  2. In a bowl, mix icing sugar with 1-2 tbsp water and peppermint extract then spread over shortbread base. Leave to set.
  3. Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Spread over icing and leave in tin to cool. When set, cut into bars.

This recipe is taken from the 2017 Dairy Diary. To find out more click here.

 


 

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