Dairy Cookbooks

50 years of  the Dairy Book of Home Cookery!

Dairy Book of Home Cookery fans

We’re celebrating 50 years of making memories


Dairy Book of Home CookeryOur best-selling cookbook – the Dairy Book of Home Cookery – is one of the most-loved cookbooks of all time. Many people have grown up with it, raising their families cooking from it, and passing it on to children and grandchildren.

Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner are both big fans of The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Since it’s publication, we have been sent a huge number of stories associated with this cherished book.


Here are just a few:

‘I still use my Nana’s cookbook (which is considerably older than me!) for all my staple recipes – not only did she teach me to cook, she was my best friend, and this treasured book was left to me when she passed away.’

‘I first started making the Family Fruit Cake with my grandmother as a child. It’s an easy recipe and uses my favourite ingredient – lemon curd – which she made from scratch.’

‘It has the best tasting Victoria Sponge ever!’

‘I remember making Coconut Ice for my Dad, with my Mum, in the 1970s. I still make it for him. Happy Days.’

‘I learned how to make perfect meringues using my first dairy cookbook nearly 40 years ago.’

‘My copy of the book dates to 1983 when our first child was born and it remains one of my go to recipe books.I still use lots of the recipes. The cherry and coconut cake recipe is simple to follow, but always makes a wonderfully moreish moist cake, a favourite with the family and friends, it is also a great reliable cake to bake for charity sales.’

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryHave you seen the Dairy Book of Home Cookery 50th anniversary edition? We think many readers will want to replace their old copies with this lovely new edition.

It has 50 new recipes too! Click here to find out more



And for me – I have many fond memories, but my favourite is a little more recent.

Eight years ago I created a Cheese Soufflé for a vllog whilst heavily pregnant with twins – I could barely reach the mixing bowl!

Click here for the recipe – it is completely delicious!


Cheese Soufflé


Cheese Souffle from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery











Recipe of the Week: Christmas Pudding


Christmas Pudding

Stir-Up Sunday & the Christmas Pudding Recipe from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery

As tomorrow is Stir-Up Sunday; the traditional day on which to make your Christmas Pud, I’m sharing our favourite recipe.

It’s taken from our iconic cookbook – the Dairy Book of Home Cookery, which has been a kitchen bible since the 60s and is still one of our best-sellers today.





Dairy Book of Home Cookery


The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

If your copy is getting a little tatty, or you want to order a copy for someone for a Christmas treat visit our website.

You won’t regret it – it’s the cookbook everyone needs!




#Christmas Pudding


Recipe of the Week: Christmas Flapjacks

Christmas Flapjacks

Christmas Flapjacks

These moreish treats are really simple to make and taste simply delicious.

And because they’re packed
with oats they’re perfect for
keeping you fuller for longer.

Wrap in foil and take with you on a long walk or wrap in cello with a pretty ribbon and give as a gift.

Click for the recipe.

Christmas Flapjack recipe


Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookThis recipe is from Dairy Diary Favourites, the brilliant new cookbook which celebrates 35 delicious years of Dairy Diary recipes.

Find out more.






Recipe of the Week: Pear & Ginger Trifle

Pear & Ginger Trifle

A delicious twist on a classic trifle, this combination of ginger cake and pear with custard and cream from the brand new Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook is wonderful.

Pear & Ginger Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 437 per portion
Fat 30g (16g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Pears 450g (1lb), peeled, cored and sliced
  • Cider 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Soft brown sugar 50g (2oz)
  • Jamaica ginger cake ½ loaf, sliced
  • Custard 450ml (¾ pint), cooled
  • Double cream 250ml (9fl oz), whipped
  • Orange and lime 1 of each, grated zest to decorate (optional)


  1. Put the pears in a pan with the cider and sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the pears are soft, then leave to cool.
  2. Arrange the ginger cake in a glass serving dish and pour the pears and cider over the top. Top with cooled custard and leave to set.
  3. Spoon whipped cream around the edge of the custard and sprinkle with orange and lime zest, if using. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Cook’s tip
For a Jamaican rum trifle, arrange the ginger cake in the base of the dish, drizzle with 4 tbsp dark rum, then top with 4 slices fresh pineapple, diced. Pour over the custard and top with cream and zest as above.

Dairy Diary Favourites Cookbook

This is taken from our fantastic new cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites.

To find out more click here.

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Top Ten Children’s Books Plus a Fab Recipe Perfect for Making with Little Ones

Top Ten Children’s Books

Top Ten Children’s Books

It was Children’s Book Day on Saturday so we took some time out from rushing around to sit on the carpet and talk about stories. I asked my three children – whose ages range from 5 to 8 – to choose their favourites. Here’s the Davenport Top Ten:

The Blue Balloon Mick Inkpen
It’s a silly and simple story – like many of Mick Inkpen’s books – but it resonated with each of our children when they were little. They love the fold out pages and the sense of fun that the author so cleverly creates.

Cockatoos Quentin Blake
Ever since I was a small child engrossed in Roald Dahl books I have loved Quentin Blake. Author and Illustrator of this book, he has filled it with his cheeky wit. And it’s great for putting on an absurd posh voice!

Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
As I read my original 1970s copy to my children I have to change a few words here and there – PC it isn’t (e.g. the girls always have to help in the kitchen but the boys don’t). But the magic in this book is unrivalled in anything else I have come across for young children and all my children love it as much as I did.

The BFG Roald Dahl
Both Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant are such wonderful characters you can’t help but love this book. Roald Dahl was a genius of storytelling and I think this one is his best. Though apparently the Queen has the same voice as a witch from another story (sorry about that!)

Mr Stink David Walliams
David Walliams has a fantastic ability to write modern day stories with old fashioned fun and adventure. In each of his books the morals are always spot on and his characters are hilarious. My son and I love Raj who appears in every book he writes.

Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian
Heartbreaking and heartwarming, this was my favourite book when I was young. It’s a moving and compelling tale, which reveals the complexities and terrible consequences of war through a child’s eyes.

The Harry Potter series J. K. Rowling
Ok, I have to confess that this one is my choice. My children are just too wussy to read Harry Potter yet as they get scared after about page 3. J. K. Rowling’s series of epic adventures are just unquestionably brilliant. I’m going to get the audio books for the car and hope that Stephen Fry’s dulcet tones will persuade my children to listen.

Mog and the V.E.T Judith Kerr
Having owned a very grumpy cat (who once ended up on the vet’s head!) this story particularly resonates with us. Mog’s escapades always make us all giggle.

Why the Whales Came Michael Morpurgo
Erie and disquieting, this multifaceted tale of two children who befriend a loner on their island is a real page turner. It was our first Michael Morpurgo book and we loved it.

The Smartest Giant in Town Julie Donaldson
There’s something about the rhythm of rhyme that intrigues children. Even when my little ones are distracted Julia Donaldson’s soothing stories encourage them to listen. In this book, there are so many funny characters it gives us parents a great opportunity for a cavalcade of silly voices!

And after all that reading,
surely it’s time for a treat?  
These cookies are easy and
fun to make with your little
(or not so little) ones.

Take A Box Of Eggs cookbook

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 225 per portion
Fat 12.2g (7.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 200g (7oz), softened
  • Soft light brown sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 300g (11oz)
  • White chocolate 200g (7oz), chopped
  • Dried cranberries 75g packet


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas 5 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Beat the butter with the sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and flour and mix well. Work the chopped chocolate and cranberries into the mixture.
  2. Drop generous dessertspoonfuls of the mix onto the prepared baking sheet and cook in batches for 10–15 minutes until the cookies are golden, but still soft. Leave to cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cook’s tip
This is one of those wonderful recipes that is great to get children interested in baking as it doesn’t involve the use of an electric mixer – just keep an eye on where the white chocolate ends up!


Take a Box of EggsTake A Box Of Eggs

Discover the delight of cooking with eggs; nature’s own convenience food. This recipe is taken from Take a Box of Eggs, which features 100 easy, irresistible recipes in an attractive yet straightforward style.

Buy now for just £7.49.








Recipe of the Week: Apricots in Buttermilk Custard

Apricots in Buttermilk Custard

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 347 per portion
Fat 1g (1g sat) per portion


  • Butter for greasing
  • Apricots 5, halved and pitted
  • Caster sugar 2 tsp, plus 2 tbsp
  • Cornflour 2 tsp
  • Buttermilk 284ml pot
  • Vanilla extract about ½ tsp
  • Toasted flaked almonds 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly butter two 300ml (½ pint) gratin dishes. Lay the apricot halves in the base of each dish, cut-side up. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the sugar and then bake for 15–20 minutes until softened.
  2. Whisk the cornflour into the buttermilk with the remaining sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the dishes around the fruit.
  3. Put the dishes into a roasting tin and pour enough boiling water into the tin to come halfway up the sides of the dishes.
  4. Reduce the heat to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3 and bake for 20–25 minutes until the custard is just set but still has a slight wobble. Sprinkle with almonds and icing sugar, if you like, and serve warm or chilled.


Just For One Or Two cookbookThis recipe is taken from our fabulous new cookbook Just For One Or Two.

Cooking for one or two? You will find lots of inspiration with recipes for all occasions and a super selection of main courses, desserts and bakes you’ll cook again and again.

If you want to eat delicious food this is for you!






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