Pudding

Syllabub Trifles is our Recipe of the Week

Syllabub Trifles

Trifles are possibly the most popular recipes on our blog

Retro? Who cares when everyone loves them!

As a prepare-in-advance dessert, they are perfect for serving to family and friends.

This Syllabub Trifles recipe is a twist on the traditional trifle, having a syllabub topping which is utterly delicious.

RECIPE

Don’t forget to check out more delicious trifles…


Recipe of the Week: Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Celebrate World Chocolate Day tomorrow with this gorgeous chocolate sponge pudding

 

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

And the best bit (apart from the taste)? It can be cooked in the microwave in just 4 minutes!

RECIPE

 

 

 

 


 

Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 450 BC

The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree.

It was believed to be an aphrodisiac and to give the drinker strength.

Today, such drinks are also known as “Chilate” and are made by locals in the South of Mexico. After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people.

The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, and entered the English language from the Spanish language.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Can’t imagine life without chocolate? You’re lucky you weren’t born before the 16th century.

Before then, chocolate existed as a bitter, foamy drink in Mesoamerica.

So how did we get from a bitter beverage to the chocolate bars of today?

Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate in this informative and entertaining video, The History of Chocolate.

 

The history of chocolate

 

 

 

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#historyofchocolate

 

Recipe of the Week: Black Forest Trifle

Black Forest Tridle

Trifle recipes remain one of the most popular on the Dairy Diary blog and this delectable version will be no exception.

With chocolate muffins, chocolate custard, black cherries and cream, what’s not to love?

 

Black Forest Trifle 

RECIPE

 


 

Did you know?

The first recognisably modern trifle appeared in the fifth (1755) edition of Hannah Glasse’s, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy. She didn’t suddenly invent the recipe. It had been around since Elizabethan times, usually known as “fool”. After Hannah, though, the name stuck – and the layered construction of the trifle stuck.

 


 

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New Quick After-Work Cookbook

Quick After-Work Cookbook

I’m delighted to introduce you to our brilliant new cookbook; Quick After-Work.

Honestly, since we have had first samples printed, everyone who has worked on it has been clamouring for a copy.

Not only are they speedy – each can all be on the table in half an hour or less – but the recipes are REALLY delicious.

We got so many high scores for taste from our testers – and every single recipe is tested three times; first by the writer, then an ordinary cook and then by the food stylist at the photo shoot (who also tweaks ingredients if there are issues raised by our home cooks).

 

Here’s a taster of what to expect from the book:

Quick After-Work recipes


Mexican Chicken Burger

Salted Caramel Fondue & Grilled Pineapple

 

Every recipe has straightforward instructions, cook’s tips and a colour photograph. And the book is wiro-bound so that it lies flat on your kitchen worktop.

At £8.99 it’s a complete bargain.

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

#TripleTested

#QuickRecipes

Shrove Tuesday and THE perfect pancake recipe

 

I wonder, over the past 50 years, how many people have eaten pancakes made using the Dairy Book of Home Cookery recipe?

How many children scampered home from school eager for tea, excited it was Pancake Day, to be greeted by a perfect pancake booked from this iconic book?.

I still remember the excitement –
the one day you were allowed
a sweet treat for tea!

Pancakes were always perfect using this failsafe recipe (and they still are!)

Why not try it tonight?

 

Pancakes

Makes 8   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 20 mins
Per portion 94 kcals, 4g fat (1.9g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

110g (4oz) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
300ml (½ pint) milk
Melted butter or vegetable oil for frying

Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Break in egg.

Gradually add half the milk, beating to form a smooth batter.

Pour in remaining milk and beat until quite smooth. 

Lightly brush base of a 20cm (8in) non-stick frying pan with melted butter or oil. Stand over a medium heat.

When frying pan and fat are hot, pour in 3 tbsp of batter, tilting pan to cover base.

Cook until pancake moves freely, turn and cook until golden.

Repeat with remaining batter.

 

Variation

 

Chilli Pancakes

Serves 4   Preparation 20 mins   Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 453 kcals, 14g fat (4.8g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
400g can red kidney beans, rinsed
415g can baked beans
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chilli powder
225g (8oz) frozen green beans
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
8 freshly cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) Red Leicester cheese, grated

Place onion, garlic, kidney and baked beans, tomatoes and chilli in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add green beans and pepper, cook for a further 5 minutes or until mixture is thick.

Divide filling between pancakes and fold into triangles.

Place in a baking dish in one layer. Sprinkle with cheese and grill until melted.

 

Crêpes Suzette

Serves 4   Preparation 5 mins   Cooking 10 mins
Per portion 378 kcals, 19g fat (8.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians

8 cooked pancakes (see left)
50g (2oz) butter
25g (1oz) caster sugar
½ tsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp grated orange rind
4 tbsp Cointreau, Curaçao or Grand Marnier
2 tbsp brandy

Fold pancakes into fan shapes.

Melt butter in a frying pan. Add sugar, lemon and orange rind and liqueur.

Bring to the boil. Add pancakes.

Heat through, turning twice.

Warm brandy and pour into frying pan. Set alcohol alight and allow it to flame.

Serve pancakes as soon as flames have subsided.

 


 

Dairy Book of Home CookeryThe iconic cookbooks latest 50th-anniversary edition is still available to buy.

 

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