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Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Latte Trifles


If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary, it’s divine.

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped


  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.








Recipe of the Week | Coffee Sponge with Gingerbread Cream

Coffee Sponge with Gingerbread Cream

This beautiful cake is so easy you can make it every weekend – or decorate with edible flowers and bake for a birthday.

Coffee Sponge with Gingerbread Cream

  • Servings: 8-10 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Instant coffee 2 tsp 
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3 medium, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz), sifted
  • Double cream 600ml tub
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp
  • Blueberries, crystallised ginger and/or edible flowers to decorate (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4 and grease and base-line two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins. Mix coffee with 1 tbsp boiling water.
  2. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat in coffee and eggs, a little at a time. Fold in flour and then pour into tins.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until sponge springs back when lightly touched. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whip cream with syrup and icing sugar and use to sandwich cakes together. Spread remaining cream on top and decorate with blueberries, crystallised ginger and/or edible flowers, if wished. Chill until ready to serve.




Bank holiday bake – the best gingerbread you’ll ever taste

Gingerbread animals recipe


Bank holiday bake – the best gingerbread you’ll ever taste

Wow, I’m glad it’s a bank holiday! It’s been super-busy during the last couple of weeks, kicking off the books that will go on sale next year.

Each book requires meticulous planning to ensure that everyone shares the same vision and plays their part at the right time to fit in with the rest of the team. I need to ensure that recipes are ready for the editor and the testers and then I need to ensure that recipes are tested and edited before photography commences.

Food photography is a very expensive business as there are high studio costs as well as the cost of the photographer, food stylist, props stylist and prop hire, and so you don’t want to be shooting a recipe that doesn’t work properly!

I begin the whole process with a synopsis of the book, and then I create a schedule for the year, which shows everyone’s responsibilities, this is followed by written a brief for each member of the team.

It’s like a huge jigsaw puzzle,
which is why I am relishing
the extra day off this weekend!

I plan to relax and bake some gingerbread with the children.

This is my favourite gingerbread recipe. We like to use quirky cookie cutters, such as pigs and sheep and decorate with icing and other bits and bobs from the baking basket.

They taste really treacly, quite different from a shop-bought gingerbread man, but that’s one of the reasons they’re a family favourite.



Gingerbread Animals recipeGingerbread Animals

Makes 26
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 15 mins Per portion 268 kcals, 11g fat (6.6g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

110g (4oz) plain flour
50g (2oz) soft brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
50g (2oz) butter
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp black treacle
Currants to decorate

1 Place flour, sugar and ginger in a bowl and mix together. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients.

2 Put butter, milk and treacle into a small saucepan and heat gently until butter has melted. Remove from heat and cool for 2–3 minutes.

3 Pour butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to a soft ball.

4 Leave mixture to cool until firm to touch.

5 Roll out on a floured work surface until 0.5cm (¼in) thick. Cut out with a gingerbread man cutter. We use any animals cutters that the children choose and then decorate with icing (made with icing sugar and a couple of drops of water) and cake decorations.

6 Transfer to a greased baking sheet using a palette knife or fish slice. Allow room for them to spread.

7 Decorate with currants for eyes, nose and buttons.

8 Bake at 180°C (350°F) Mark 4 for 10–15 minutes.

9 Leave to cool for 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and leave until cold.


Dairy Book of Home CookeryCan you guess where this recipe is from?

Yes, of course, it’s one of those family classics from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Our family could not survive without this book!

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Gingerbread clowns

Makes 16
Time 55 mins
181 calories per clown
4G fat of which
1.8G is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 250g (9oz)
Ground ginger 1 tsp
Mixed spice 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
Dark soft brown sugar 50g (2oz)
Black treacle 50g (2oz)
Golden syrup 25g (1oz)
Egg 1, beaten
Ready-made royal icing 225g (8oz)
Smarties 2 tubes

1 Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line 2–3 baking trays with non-stick baking foil. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in centre.

2 Put butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup into a saucepan, stir over a moderate heat until melted, then pour into flour. Add egg and mix to a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface and roll out to 3mm (1⁄8in) thick.

3 Using a gingerbread man cutter, stamp out as many men as you can and place on baking trays. Re-knead trimmings and repeat until you have 16.

4 Re-roll trimmings as necessary, cut out 4 rounds with a plain 9cm (33⁄4in) round cutter. To make clown hats, cut each one into 4 triangles. Brush undersides lightly with water and place across heads.

5 Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm. Cool for 2–3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Decorate the clowns with royal icing and Smarties, as shown in photograph.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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National Cookie Day | Top 3 Cookie Recipes

Top 3 Cookie Recipes

To celebrate National Cookie Day (and why not?) I have chosen three recipes perfect for the festive period.

The iced biscuits are ideal for a cosy afternoon baking with children.

Happy cooking everyone!


Dainty Iced Gingerbread

This fabulous recipe is taken from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.

It features 100 of the top Dairy Diary recipes from the past 35 years.


Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

This is taken from Take a Box of Eggs cookbook, which celebrates to true versatility of the humble egg.

Discover the delight of cooking with eggs.


Rocky Road Cookies

A twist on a classic – these are taken from one of my all-time favourite cookbooks; Fantastic Food for Less.

There are SO many scrumptious recipes in it!


Cookbooks make fabulous Christmas gifts

There are loads of fabulous books on our website – take a look.

And as delivery is free over £20 you can stock up for Christmas – there’s something for everyone.





Best Bonfire Night Recipes

Our three favourite Bonfire Night recipes


Butternut Squash Velouté

Butternut Squash Velouté

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 362 per portion
Fat 31g (19g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Onions 2, peeled and sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Butternut squash 700g (1lb 9oz), peeled and cubed
  • Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Double cream 150ml pot
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to serve (optional)
  • Toasted sourdough bread to serve (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large pan and add onions and garlic. Cover with a lid and leave to sweat over a low heat for 10 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add squash and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash has softened.
  3. Pour in half the cream, season to taste and puree with a stick blender. Serve with a swirl of cream, sprinkled with nutmeg and with sourdough toast, if you like.



Extra Special Gooey Gingerbread

  • Servings: 18 bars
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 157 per portion
Fat 6g (3.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 110g (4oz)
  • Granulated sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Golden syrup 225g (8oz)
  • Marmalade 2 tbsp
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Ground ginger 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Eggs 2


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Butter a small roasting tin measuring about 18 x 28 x 4cm (7 x 11 x 1½in) and base line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and marmalade into a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Mix the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl, then stir into the cooled butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Beat the milk and eggs together, then stir into the ginger mixture. Pour into the prepared tin, level the surface and cook for about 25 minutes until the cake is well risen and golden. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed with your fingertips.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then take it out of the tin, peel off the paper and cut it into bars.

Cook’s tips
To store, wrap in foil and then keep in an airtight tub or tin.
It’s also delicious as a pudding with a splash of hot custard.


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 282 per portion
Fat 17g (7.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Milk chocolate 40g (1½oz), broken up
  • Smooth peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • Milk 350ml (12fl oz)
  • Whipped cream 2 tbsp, optional
  • Mini marshmallows and grated chocolate to serve, optional


  1. Place chocolate, peanut butter and milk in a pan. Heat gently, whisking, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and marshmallows and/or grated chocolate, if using.


Recipes taken from the Dairy Diary.


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