Monthly Archives: November 2016

Must-Have Christmas Bakes plus Win a Baking Set

Must-have Christmas bakes

Must-Have Christmas Bakes

 

It might be hectic, but this is my favourite time of year for baking.

I love the fact that you can call on friends you seldom see with a Christmas card and something scrumptious and catch-up on life’s latest events.

Get your pinny on folks and then
go spread some happiness!

Here are my favourite Christmas bakes – they’re all really easy to make but taste just fantastic.

 

Dainty Iced Gingerbread
Cute mini gingerbread, decorated with icing and tiny silver balls – the perfect gift when visiting friends.
recipe

Christmas Flapjacks
With pecan nuts, ginger and cherries, these flapjacks are really special. Pop in a tin, wrap in ribbon and give as a gift.
recipe

Mince Pies with Marzipan
A delicious twist on the ubiquitous mince pie, these little morsels topped with marzipan are perfect for the festive season.
recipe

Mincemeat Bakewell Squares
A delicious recipe with a crisp pastry base, succulent mincemeat and a fluffy sponge topping.
recipe

 

Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookAll these recipes are taken from our fabulous cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, which is packed with recipes that you (and all your friends!) will adore.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Win this really useful baking set

 

Win a Christmas Baking SetEnter our competition to win these fantastic prizes.

I REALLY wish I was allowed to enter this one. They make great additions to any baker’s stash.

Make baking a breeze with this fabulous Vonshef Baking set, which comprises:

  • Digital Jug Bowl Scale
  • 3-tier cooling rack
  • Fabulous 3-tier cupcake carrier

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Competition: Win an amazing Christmas baking set

Win a Christmas Baking Set

Win an amazing Christmas baking set

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win everything you need to creative gorgeous Christmas bakes that will wow your friends and family!

Make baking a breeze with this fabulous Vonshef Baking set, which comprises:

  • Digital Jug Bowl Scale
  • 3-tier cooling rack
  • Fabulous 3-tier cupcake carrier

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Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

Impress family and friends with these wonderful Christmas Mincemeat Cakes.

One of the inspirational weekly recipes in the 2017 Dairy Diary, Britain’s favourite diary since 1982!

Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

 


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5 simple steps to help you drink more water

 

5 tips to drink more water

5 simple steps to help you drink more water

Pretty much every morning I remind myself to drink more water and by the end of the day I’ve usually only managed to drink about 4 glasses.

We all know water is good for us. Amongst other things it’s great for your skin, helps ward off headaches caused by dehydration and even helps to counterbalance diuretic drinks such as tea and coffee, which make us need the loo more often.

I decided to be proactive and put a plan in place to make sure I do actually drink the recommended 1.5-2 litres water every day. This plan included drinking really cold filtered water, sometimes flavoured with fruit and setting my phone alarm to remind me to drink.

After following my plan of action
for a week, I can confirm that it
does really work.

I have had no headaches, my skin feels less tight and I do feel much better.

 


Here’s the plan:

  1. Buy a water filter jug for the fridge (and possibly one for your work fridge), so the water tastes fresh and cold.
  2. Use a tall glass or bottle to drink from to ensure you have access to more water even when you’re busy.
  3. Use the alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to drink and keep a tally chart of how many glasses you’ve had in your Dairy Diary.
  4. Add lemon or lime slices, or even some fresh mint to your water. It tastes delicious!
  5. Follow your tea or coffee with a glass of water.

 

 

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Here’s a taster recipe….. perfect for serving with a bowl of hot soup.

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf recipe

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Streaky bacon 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, chopped
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), softened
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or 16cm (6in) cake tin.
  2. Dry fry bacon in a frying pan for 2 minutes, then add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. In a jug mix milk with egg and herbs and season. Add to dry ingredients with bacon mixture and mix together. Spoon into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a rack.


 

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Recipe of the Week | Spanish Tapas Platter

Spanish Tapas Platter

Enjoy a relaxed evening with friends with this simple Spanish-inspired recipe.

Spanish Tapas Platter

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 553 per portion
Fat 33g (13.9g sat) per portion
Ingredients

  • Potatoes 275g (10oz), peeled and thinly sliced
  • Chorizo 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Red onion 1, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Paprika 1½ tsp
  • Eggs 6, beaten
  • Shelled raw prawns 180g/200g pack
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Serrano ham and/or Salchichon 175g (6oz)
  • Manchego cheese 75g (3oz), cubed
  • Olives 110g (4oz)
  • Chargrilled peppers and/or tomatoes 175g (6oz), drained

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes until just tender. Drain.
  2. In a frying pan fry chorizo with onion and 1 clove garlic for 5 minutes. Add potato. Mix 1 tsp paprika with eggs and season then pour onto potato. Cook for 10-15 minutes until just set.
  3. Fry prawns in butter with remaining garlic for 4 minutes or until cooked. Dust with paprika.
  4. Brown omelette under grill then cut into quarters. Place onto a board and serve with prawns and all remaining ingredients.

See the recipe on the Dairy Diary website

 


Dairy Diary 2017

This recipe is taken from the 2017 Dairy Diary, Britain’s best-loved and must trusted home diary, available to buy now.

Take a closer look.

 


“ Have been buying this for years. I use it to plan our menus and it has lots of useful information. This year is has a section on local folk lore. Good recipes too. Wouldn’t be without it.”
*****
Review by Eva, online.


 

Win a Tapas Maker Set

Win a VonShef Crepe & Tapas Maker Set

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win this fabulous Vonshef Crepe & Tapas Maker Set, bringing style and flavour to your next dinner party.

Whether you prefer Spanish or Greek-style dining, the joy of French pancakes, or fresh and fabulous teppanyaki, this compact appliance is designed for you to host with ease.

Good luck!

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Competition | Win a VonShef Crepe & Tapas Maker Set

Win a Tapas Maker Set

Win a VonShef Crepe & Tapas Maker Set

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a lovely evening with gorgeous food at a tiny tapas restaurant in Manchester.

Inspired by my experience at Evuna I decided to put on a Spanish evening for friends at home. With the help of lots of tealights, some cute crockery, a jug of sangria and the Spanish Tapas Platter recipe in the 2017 Dairy Diary, a very convivial evening was had by all.

And here’s the recipe. It’s really stress-free, so perfect for a casual evening at home (you may want to accompany with some good red or sangria, if you like!) AND you could wow your friends and family with this fabulous Vonshef Crepe & Tapas Maker Set if you enter our competition.  Good luck!

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Spanish Tapas Platter

Spanish Tapas Platter

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 553 per portion
Fat 33g (13.9g sat) per portion
Ingredients

  • Potatoes 275g (10oz), peeled and thinly sliced
  • Chorizo 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Red onion 1, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Paprika 1½ tsp
  • Eggs 6, beaten
  • Shelled raw prawns 180g/200g pack
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Serrano ham and/or Salchichon 175g (6oz)
  • Manchego cheese 75g (3oz), cubed
  • Olives 110g (4oz)
  • Chargrilled peppers and/or tomatoes 175g (6oz), drained

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes until just tender. Drain.
  2. In a frying pan fry chorizo with onion and 1 clove garlic for 5 minutes. Add potato. Mix 1 tsp paprika with eggs and season then pour onto potato. Cook for 10-15 minutes until just set.
  3. Fry prawns in butter with remaining garlic for 4 minutes or until cooked. Dust with paprika.
  4. Brown omelette under grill then cut into quarters. Place onto a board and serve with prawns and all remaining ingredients.

See the recipe on the Dairy Diary website

 


Dairy Diary 2017

This recipe is taken from the 2017 Dairy Diary, Britain’s best-loved and must trusted home diary, available to buy now.

Take a closer look.

 


“ Have been buying this for years. I use it to plan our menus and it has lots of useful information. This year is has a section on local folk lore. Good recipes too. Wouldn’t be without it.”
*****
Review by Eva, online.


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Recipe of the week: Oatie Melting Moments

Oatie Melting Moments

These cute little cookies take only a few minutes to prepare but taste just delicious! AND the mixture makes 24, so there are plenty to share with friends or workmates.

Oatie Melting Moments

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Vanilla extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Rolled oats 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
  4. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 


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