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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.

 

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#ChristmasRecipes

3 Delicious Bonfire Recipes

It’s Bonfire Night again

A time when we meet to watch bonfires burn and fireworks light up the sky, while we are warmly wrapped in snuggly hats and gloves.

But the celebratory atmosphere is a far cry from the origins of 5 November.

Guy (Guido) Fawkes, from York, and fellow conspirators, rented out a house close to the Houses of Parliament and smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords. That was enough to completely destroy the building!

The plot began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle, warning him to avoid the House of Lords. The letter was made public and this led to a search of Westminster Palace in the early hours of 5 November.

Fawkes was the explosive expert, and it was he who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse. He was caught when a group of guards discovered him at the last moment.

Parliament declared 5 November a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.

 


 

Make your Bonfire Night a success with our 3 favourite recipes

Stay warm and stay safe!

 

Smoky Carrot Soup

Smoky Carrot Soup with Quinoa & Feta

 

Cheddar Muffins

Cheddar Muffins

 

Noisetté Coffee

Noisette Coffee

 

All recipes taken from the Dairy Diary.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

Time 3 hours
Per portion: 594 Kcal, 29g fat (13.8g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Diced stewing beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Plain flour 2 tbsp
  • Beef stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
  • Tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
  • Hot horseradish sauce 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Stilton or other strong blue cheese 110g (4oz), crumbled
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Milk 3–4 tbsp
  • Closed cup mushrooms 110g (4oz), wiped and sliced
  • Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef for a few minutes. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring, until the meat is browned and the onion softened.
  2. Stir in the flour, then mix in the stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring.
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish large enough to hold the stew and scone topping. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the flour, a little salt and pepper and butter into a mixing bowl and rub in the fat until you have fine crumbs. Stir in the cheese, then add nearly all the egg, keeping just enough back to glaze the top. Gradually stir in enough milk to mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead very lightly then roll out on a lightly floured surface until a little smaller than the top of the casserole dish.
  5. Remove the lid, stir in the mushrooms then cut the scone topping into eight pieces. Arrange on the meat in a single layer and brush with the remaining egg.
  6. Cook, uncovered, for 20–25 minutes until the topping is well risen and golden. Spoon onto warmed plates and serve with peas, if using.

Cook’s tip
For a richer sauce, you might like to add some red wine or beer in place of some of the stock.

 


 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookThis recipe is taken from our wonderful Fantastic Food for Less cookbook.

For more fantastic food, you can buy the book for just £5.99!!

Use the discount code DDPR and you’ll get free postage too!

Buy

 

 

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Top tips for reducing food waste part 4

Top tips for reducing food waste part 4 - Freeze!

Freeze!

Almost anything can be frozen – honestly, when I first learned about what you can put in your freezer I was amazed.

At present, in my freezer I have: leftover shepherd’s pie, leftover pea soup, 2 loaves of bread, a block of cheese (buy one get one free), petits pois, fish fingers, Smiles (don’t judge – my children love them), homemade cookie dough, minced beef, chicken breasts, ice lollies.

Okay, you’re not really interested in the contents of my freezer but I thought it would be useful to show the breadth of what can be frozen.

Here’s a speedy and hopefully useful summary of what can/can’t be frozen. With all of the following, ideally freeze when they are at their freshest.

Freeze

  • Raw fish and meat – but check that they haven’t been frozen previously
  • Cooked fish and meat
  • Vegetables
  • Cooked meals – I tend to avoid rice or pasta dishes as I never think that they reheat well
  • Herbs
  • Bread
  • Stocks and sauces
  • Pies and crumbles
  • Most fruit, raw or cooked. Strawberries and raspberries though tend to go a little soggy so I would avoid freezing.
  • Almost all biscuits, bakes and cakes (unfilled and without frostings)

Don’t freeze

  • Lower fat creams and cheeses
  • Eggs
  • Yogurts
  • Jams
  • Salad stuffs, which will go mushy

Always allow to cool, pack in a suitable container and label. I never defrost in the microwave but prefer to leave overnight in the fridge.

And remember to use
what’s in the freezer!

If it’s getting full, have a ‘cheap shop’ week and use up your freezer contents rather than buying more.

Ideal for freezing leftovers, this beef recipe is pure comfort food.

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

Time 3 hours
Per portion: 594 Kcal, 29g fat (13.8g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Diced stewing beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Plain flour 2 tbsp
  • Beef stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
  • Tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
  • Hot horseradish sauce 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Stilton or other strong blue cheese 110g (4oz), crumbled
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Milk 3–4 tbsp
  • Closed cup mushrooms 110g (4oz), wiped and sliced
  • Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef for a few minutes. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring, until the meat is browned and the onion softened.
  2. Stir in the flour, then mix in the stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring.
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish large enough to hold the stew and scone topping. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the flour, a little salt and pepper and butter into a mixing bowl and rub in the fat until you have fine crumbs. Stir in the cheese, then add nearly all the egg, keeping just enough back to glaze the top. Gradually stir in enough milk to mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead very lightly then roll out on a lightly floured surface until a little smaller than the top of the casserole dish.
  5. Remove the lid, stir in the mushrooms then cut the scone topping into eight pieces. Arrange on the meat in a single layer and brush with the remaining egg.
  6. Cook, uncovered, for 20–25 minutes until the topping is well risen and golden. Spoon onto warmed plates and serve with peas, if using.

Cook’s tip
For a richer sauce, you might like to add some red wine or beer in place of some of the stock.

 


 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookThis recipe is taken from our wonderful Fantastic Food for Less cookbook.

For more fantastic food, you can buy the book for just £5.99!!

Use the discount code DDPR and you’ll get free postage too!

Buy

 

#freeze

#lovefoodhatewaste

#reducefoodwaste

#tripletested

#Stilton

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