3 Fabulous Christmas Treats

Treat your guests to something really scrumptious this Christmas!

These fab recipes are taken from our brand new cookbook, Cook it Slowly! and 2018 Dairy Diary.

But make sure you tell them where you found the recipe!


Apricot & Date Flapjack Squares

Apricot & Date Flapjack Squares

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 180 per portion
Fat 8g (4g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Dried ready-to-eat apricots 250g (9oz), chopped
  • Dried pitted dates 150g (5oz), chopped
  • Orange 1 large, finely grated zest and juice
  • Fresh orange juice 150–200ml (5–7fl oz)
  • Butter 200g (7oz)
  • Porridge oats 250g (9oz)
  • White spelt flour or plain flour 150g (5oz)
  • Light muscovado sugar 110g (4oz), plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling


  1. Put the apricots, dates and orange zest in a saucepan. Mix the orange juices to make the quantity up to 300ml (½ pint) and pour into the pan. Cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has softened and absorbed almost all of the juice. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a 27 x 18cm (11 x 7in) traybake tin with baking paper.
  3. Roughly slice the butter into a food processor, add 150g (5oz) of the oats, all of the flour and the sugar. Pulse until the mixture starts to clump together. Take out 225g (8oz) of mixture and set aside for the topping. Pulse the mixture left in the machine until it comes together in bigger clumps. Tip into the tin then spread it out and press into the tin firmly. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the tin from the oven and spread the apricot mixture over the base.
  5. Mix the remaining oats into the reserved crumbly mixture and spread over to cover the fruit. Press the topping down using the back of a spoon or your hand. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Cool in the tin, then slide the flapjack out onto a board and cut into squares.

Cook’s tips

You can use fresh dates for this recipe but dried dates are less expensive. If you prefer, make this with more dates than apricots. Add other dried fruits like cranberries or blueberries if you have them. Use apple juice or any other juice you have to hand instead of orange juice for cooking the fruit. To spread the dough in the tin, use the back of a spoon or your fingers, dipped in flour to stop it sticking.

Recipe taken from Cook it Slowly!


Lemon Drizzle Mince Pies

Lemon Drizzle Mince Pies

  • Servings: 34-36
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 112 per portion
Fat 3g (2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Plain flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 110g (4oz), cut into chunks
  • Icing sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Good mincemeat 650g (1lb 7oz)
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest and 2 tbsp juice


  1. Put flour, butter and 25g (1oz) icing sugar into a food processor. Whizz to crumbs. Add egg yolk and 2 tablespoons cold water. Whizz until it clumps together. Knead lightly, wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Roll out half the pastry thinly. Cut out rounds using a 7cm (2¾in) fluted cutter. Line patty tins then re-roll trimmings. Put 1 rounded teaspoon mincemeat into each case and bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack. Roll out remaining pastry for more pies.
  3. Sift remaining sugar into a bowl; add lemon juice to make a runny icing. Drizzle over pies and sprinkle with zest. Leave to set.

A Dairy Diary recipe.


Sweet Sherry Cake

Sweet Sherry Cake

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 200 per portion
Fat 8g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Unsalted butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Golden caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 medium
  • Self-raising flour 200g (7oz)
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • Sweet sherry 175ml (6fl oz)
  • Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Butter and base line a 20cm (8in) round spring-form cake tin then dust it with flour.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding 2 tablespoons of the flour with each egg.
  3. On the slow setting of the mixer, add the vanilla extract and sherry, then the rest of the flour with the bicarbonate of soda. Mix until just combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 40–45 minutes until well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Cook’s tip

Pedro Ximénez, a dark, syrupy-sweet sherry, is perfect for this recipe, but oloroso or your favourite sweet or medium sherry will be fine.

Recipe taken from Cook it Slowly!


Dairy Diaries are available now!

Dairy Diary 2018


I’m really sorry but Cook it Slowly has proved SO popular that we’re currently out of stock.

We ARE reprinting right now and they should be in our warehouse ready for you to order next week.






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