Baking

Travel with your tastebuds

Cumberland Rum Nicky

One of my goals for 2020 was to travel to various cities and towns without stepping foot on an aeroplane

 

I wanted to explore the British Isles, discover regional food and learn about local traditions. Obviously, we weren’t able to do this, so I am hoping I can at least start my UK travels in 2021.

Top of my list is Cumbria – I have visited Bowness-on-Windermere and adored every second, I definitely want to return as soon as I can!

My passion to explore the UK was inspired by our popular cookbook Around Britain, which features this fabulous dessert.

Cumberland Rum Nicky is a classic dish from Cumberland in the Northwest of England and is packed full of dried fruit, ginger and rum.

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Emma Snow
Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

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Recipe of the Week: Lemon Meringue Cloud Cake

Lemon Meringue Cloud Cake

Recipes that bring a little joy are order of the day at the moment and this is certainly one of them.

When testing recipes prior to publication our tester baked this for a 90th birthday celebration and it went down a storm.

Lemon meringue, combined with cake – what’s not to love?

Lemon Meringue Cloud Cake

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Dairy Diary 2021 with stickersThis recipe is taken from the 2021 Dairy Diary.

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Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Based on the iconic Austrian flan; whose namesake is the pretty baroque city of Linz, this Christmassy dessert uses mincemeat rather than the traditional jam and is topped with an attractive pastry lattice.

Serve warm, with whipped cream – delicious.

 

Mince Pie Linzer Torte

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

 

 

 

Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Orange Panettone Buns

Chocolate Orange Panettone Buns

Many people took to baking during lockdowns this year, and it’s easy to see why

 

The slow, methodical process, with delicious results, is very therapeutic.

Add in the stress of getting everything ready for Christmas, and we all need something soothing to focus on.

Try these Chocolate Orange Panettone Buns from the 2021 Dairy Diary. Honestly, they are absolutely gorgeous; a really rewarding bake.

Treat yourself – you most definitely deserve it.

 

Chocolate Orange Panettone Buns

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Top Tips for the Perfect Christmas Cake

The perfect Christmas Cake

Making the Christmas cake is a precious part of the festive period; a tradition I always look forward to.

 

With Christmas music and the twinkle of fairy lights (yes I even have a tree in the kitchen!) in the background, stirring and decorating the cake is joyful.

I favour a slightly lighter cake and always use the classic Boiled Fruit Cake recipe, which our customers have been baking for decades.

I’ve heard many lovely stories about people using this recipe for weddings and special birthdays as well as Christmas.

Once the cake is cold, apply a thin layer of marzipan:
1. Sprinkle icing sugar onto a clean work surface and onto a rolling pin.
2. Roll out 300g (10oz) marzipan to about 3mm (1/8in) thick.
3. Brush the top of the cake with warm plum or apricot jam.
4. Place the cake upside down on the marzipan and push down slightly. Cut around the cake about 1cm (1/3in) larger than its top.
5. Turn the cake over and press the marzipan down all around the top.
6. Measure the height of the cake and re-roll the marzipan into a long strip to the same size.
7. Brush the sides of the cake with the jam and then roll the marzipan around the circumference, sticking it to the cake as you go.

And for the icing:
1. Whisk 2 egg whites in a mixing bowl until frothy and then beat in 450g (1lb) icing sugar, a little at a time. You can use an electric whisk for this at first but then use a wooden spoon or the icing sugar will cover you and the kitchen!
2. Beat in 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp glycerine.
3. Spread all over the cake; to the desired texture and allow to firm up.

For the decoration:
This is personal to you. I’ve added gingerbread stars (here’s a gorgeous recipe for these) and sugar snowflakes, a dusting of icing sugar and finished with a ribbon, but choose what you like most – you could use some wintry foliage, or dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks, or the classic cake decorations you have used for years.

With my mum I would decorate the cake with a snowy scene adorned with little pottery snowmen and figures on sledges – I think some were older than me! Mum tells me she still has them, so I’ve requested them for next year’s cake. Happy memories.

 

 

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

St Andrew’s Day: Nutty Fruit Cakes

Nutty Fruit Cake

To all our Scottish followers, happy St Andrew’s Day!

 

We hope you have a lovely day.

Find out a little bit more about this famous Saint’s Day here.

And if you’re looking for something new and rather delicious to bake today (with Scotch whisky of course) look no further than these cute cupcakes.

Gently spiced and packed full of fruit and chopped pecan nuts, these moist cakes are topped with a scrumptious chocolate whisky frosting.

Of course, you could always serve with a ‘wee dram’, it is St Andrew’s Day after all!

 

Nutty Fruit Cakes 

Apple & Pear Quinoa Porridge

 

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Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

 

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

 

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