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3 Easy Recipes for Two

3 easy recipes for two on Valentines Day

Enjoy a romantic dinner at home with these delicious recipes.

The starter and main can be prepared in advance (cook the main while eating your starter) and the pud only takes 10 minutes to create.

Giving you more time to spend gazing into each other’s eyes!!

 Potted Shrimp

Potted Shrimps

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 minutes plus chilling mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 281 per portion
Fat 21g (14g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
  • Shrimps 150g (5oz), shelled weight
  • Ground nutmeg a pinch
  • Ground mace a pinch
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Brown bread or hot toast to serve

Instructions

  1. Gently melt the butter in a small saucepan over a very low heat. Simmer gently until a foam rises to the top then remove the foam with a spoon.
  2. Carefully pour the clarified butter from the top into a jug and discard the milky residue underneath.
  3. Melt half of the clarified butter and stir in the shrimps, nutmeg, mace and seasoning to taste. Spoon the mixture into two ramekin dishes and chill until the mixture has set.
  4. Melt the remaining clarified butter and spoon over the top of the shrimps. Chill once again until the mixture has set.
  5. Serve with toast or crusty brown bread, using the butter layer on top of the ramekins to spread on the toast first.

Cook’s tips
If you can’t find shrimps buy small prawns instead.
For special occasions, multiply the quantities by the number of people you are feeding and make the ramekins look pretty with sprigs of dill and a little caviar.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon Tricolore

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 726 per portion
Fat 61g (11g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Firm avocado 1 large
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes 2 large, thickly sliced
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp
  • Chopped basil 2 tbsp
  • Salmon fillets 2 x 150g (5oz)
  • Rocket leaves to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a baking dish with baking parchment.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and prise out the stone. Peel off the skin and then slice thickly. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Put the tomatoes in the dish and drizzle with half the oil. Season well.
  3. Mix the mayonnaise with the Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Lay the fish on top of the avocado and tomatoes and spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the fish. Then drizzle with the remaining oil.
  4. Bake the salmon in the oven for about 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until cooked through and tender. Drain and serve immediately with fresh rocket leaves.

Cook’s tips
Choose a slightly under-ripe avocado for this recipe – it will be easier to peel and slice; the flesh will soften slightly on baking.
If you don’t have garlic mayonnaise, mix ordinary mayo with 1 crushed garlic clove.

 Fruits with Chocolate Dip

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 255 per portion
Fat 11g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate 75g (3oz), broken into pieces
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Mixed fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 350g (12oz)

Instructions

  1. Put the chocolate and milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until it has melted, making sure it doesn’t overheat.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to make a smooth thick glossy sauce.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and pour the chocolate into a small pot. Serve immediately with the berries to dip into the chocolate sauce.

 


 

Just For One Or Two cookbookThese delicious recipes are taken from our sell-out cookbook (now on its second print run) Just for One or Two.

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Recipe of the week: Pigs in Blankets, perfect for Bonfire Night!

Pigs in Blankets

 

Wrap these gorgeous little morsels in napkins and enjoy whilst huddled around the bonfire.

Stay safe folks.

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 40-50 minutess
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.

 

 


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4 Brilliant Bonfire Snacks

 

Four brilliant bonfire snacks

 

One of the best things about our latest cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, is the bakes.

These best-loved tried-and-tested recipes have been cooked countless times across the land, and they are truly scrumptious.

The cookbook is crammed full of fabulous comfort food, which is just perfect for warming you up on Bonfire Night.

Here’s our selection for November 5th,
or indeed any autumnal evening when
you’re in need of a little comfort food.

Enjoy folks – I’m convinced you will!

 


Pigs in Blankets

 

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 40-50 minutess
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Perfect for outdoor feasts and teatime treats, these crisp wrapped sausages from the 2007 Diary are a popular choice with everyone.

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.


Savoury Muffins

 

Savoury Muffins

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 351 per portion
Fat 22g (11g sat) per portion

These fluffy muffins from 2007, flavoured with bacon and chives and served with a tomato butter, are perfect for elevenses when you fancy a savoury fix.

Ingredients

  • Rindless streaky bacon rashers 175g (6oz), chopped
  • Fine cornmeal 110g (4oz)
  • Plain flour 175g (6oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tbsp
  • Finely snipped chives 3 tbsp
  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2, beaten
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes 40g (1½oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a dry frying pan, gently fry the bacon until lightly browned and crisp. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.
  3. Sift the cornmeal, flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, mix in 2 tablespoons of chives and the bacon, then make a well in the centre.
  4. Melt 75g (3oz) of the butter, mix with the eggs and milk, then pour into the flour. Mix gently, then spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 15–20 minutes until well risen, lightly browned and springy to touch.
  5. Meanwhile, blend the remaining butter with the tomatoes and the remaining chives. Serve with the warm muffins.

Cook’s tips. Unlike other bakes, muffins need only the minimum of mixing to get a light fluffy texture. Too much stirring and they will be heavy.


Crunchy Peanut Brittle

 

Crunchy Peanut Brittle

  • Servings: makes 425g (15oz)
  • Time: 25 minutes plus cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 72 per portion (15g/½oz)
Fat 3g (0.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarian

Crunchy and utterly moreish, this nutty brittle from the 2014 Diary, is wonderful served with a hot cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Golden syrup 75g (3oz)
  • Unsalted peanuts 175g (6oz)
  • Unsalted butter 15g (½oz)

Instructions

  1. Oil a baking sheet and fill a jug with boiling water.
  2. Put the sugar and golden syrup into a heavy-based pan and add 125ml (4fl oz) cold water. Heat gently, stirring continuously, until the sugar has completely dissolved, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with hot water.
  3. Add the peanuts to the sugar syrup and bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 7–10 minutes until the mixture turns a rich golden caramel colour.
  4. Immediately remove from the heat and add the butter. Do not stir, but mix into the caramel by tilting the pan. Quickly pour onto the oiled baking sheet. Leave to cool and set hard.
  5. When cold, break into pieces and store in a jar or tin, interleaved with non-stick baking paper.

Cook’s tips. Always keep a watchful eye when boiling sugar syrup. It can feel as though it is taking ages then it will suddenly begin to change colour around the edges then quickly darken all over.


Auntie Lou's Bread Pudding

 

Auntie Lou’s Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 228 per portion
Fat 9.8g (5.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Moist and packed full of fruit, you can guarantee everyone will want a second square of this bread pud from the 2006 Diary.

Ingredients

  • White bread, crust removed 225g (8oz), 2–3 days old, torn into small pieces
  • Milk 375ml (13fl oz)
  • Oranges 2, grated zest of both, juice of 1
  • Mixed spice 1 tbsp
  • Raisins 175g (6oz)
  • Sultanas 150g (5oz)
  • Chopped mixed peel 50g (2oz)
  • Ready-to-eat dried prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Ready-to-eat dried apricots 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Glacé cherries 75g (3oz), quartered
  • Granulated sugar 25g (1oz) plus extra to sprinkle
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Butter 150g (5oz), melted
  • Black treacle 1–2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4.
  2. Grease a 23cm (9in) square shallow ovenproof dish.
  3. Soak the bread pieces in the milk in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Transfer to the baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 45–50 minutes until the pudding is lightly browned and set in the centre.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and serve hot. Or leave to cool, cover and chill. Serve cold, cut into squares.

Cook’s tips. Bread pudding is one of those bakes meant to use up the leftovers, so if you don’t have quite enough of one ingredient, mix and match with what you do have.

 


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is available to buy for just £8.25 and showcases 100 of the top Dairy Diary recipes from the past 35 years.

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Home-Cooked Harvest

4 Crowd-Pleasing Treats

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4 Crowd-Pleasing Treats

You know the story too well – harvest looms ahead and you scrabble around the cupboards looking for some tinned goods to donate to the local church/school/community group.

This year, why not break the mould and wrap something homemade and delicious to donate to the older members of your community. Or bake some delicious morsels to sell and raise money for a local charity?

Take inspiration from the brand new 2017 Dairy Diary and the recently released Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook. Here’s a selection of scrumptious bakes as a taster of what the books have to offer.


Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Streaky bacon 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, chopped
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), softened
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or 16cm (6in) cake tin.
  2. Dry fry bacon in a frying pan for 2 minutes, then add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. In a jug mix milk with egg and herbs and season. Add to dry ingredients with bacon mixture and mix together. Spoon into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a rack.


Coffee Battenburg

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: hour plus cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 633 per portion
Fat 28g (12g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 175g (6oz)
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Coffee essence 4 tsp
  • Milk 1 tbsp
  • Ginger marmalade 10 tbsp
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • Marzipan 450g (1lb)
  • Crystallised ginger 2 pieces, roughly chopped, to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm (8in) square cake tin. Line the tin with foil, making a pleat in the centre to the height of the tin (supported with cardboard) to divide in half; grease the foil.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and flour alternately until smooth. Transfer half the mixture to another bowl. Fold coffee essence into one half and milk into the other half.
  3. Spoon the coffee-flavoured mixture into one side of the tin and the plain mixture into the other side. Bake for 30–35 minutes until risen and firm to the touch, then turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  4. Trim the cakes to the same size and cut both in half lengthways. Spread the side of one brown piece of cake with marmalade and gently push together with a plain piece. Brush more marmalade on top of both and place the remaining brown piece on the plain piece and vice versa.
  5. Dust a sheet of non-stick baking paper with sifted icing sugar and roll out the marzipan until large enough to wrap around the cake. Spread the marzipan with marmalade and carefully roll around the cake, smoothing in place. Trim off excess marzipan then crimp along the edges. Decorate with crystallised ginger, if using.

Cook’s tips
For a traditional coloured Battenburg cake, colour half the cake mixture with a little pink food colouring then sandwich the strips of cake together with a little sieved strawberry jam before wrapping in marzipan.


Oatie Melting Moments

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Vanilla extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Rolled oats 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
  4. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Orange Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 50 minutes plus cooling mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 434 per portion
Fat 23g (14g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 225g (8oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 275g (10oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Oranges 1½ large, finely grated zest and juice
  • Marmalade 3 tbsp
  • Clotted cream 110g (4oz)
  • Icing sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Sugar flowers to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4 and grease two 20cm (8in) diameter sandwich tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy and then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in with the orange zest and half the juice.
  3. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Spread one cake with marmalade and then spoon over the cream. Top with the other cake.
  5. Make the icing by beating the remaining orange juice, a little at a time, into the icing sugar to give a thick spreadable icing. Spread over the cake and decorate with sugar flowers.

Cook’s tips
This cake has been sandwiched with clotted cream but 150ml (¼ pint) double cream could also be used. Whip until the cream forms soft swirls then spoon over the marmalade spread cake and top with the second cake or serve with just the marmalade filling if preferred.


 

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Recipe of the Week: Minted Pea Panna Cotta with Smoked Salmon

Minted Pea Panna Cotta with Smoked Salmon

Inviting friends for dinner? This is the most perfect starter.

Everyone will be asking for the recipe!

Minted Pea Panna Cotta with Smoked Salmon

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 mins plus chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 539 per portion
Fat 44g (25.6g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Frozen petits pois or fresh peas 250g (9oz) plus extra to garnish
  • Chicken stock 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Leaf gelatine 2 sheets
  • Double cream 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Mint leaves 12-15 plus extra to garnish
  • Smoked salmon 100g pack

Instructions

  1. Place petits pois and stock in a saucepan. Bring up to boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, soak gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water.
  3. Stir cream into peas, add mint leaves, then liquidise and pass through a sieve. Season to taste.
  4. Drain gelatine sheets and add to pea cream. Briefly heat gently until gelatine dissolves.
  5. Lightly oil two ramekin dishes and pour in pea cream. Allow to cool then chill for 4-6 hours.
  6. Run a knife around the inside of each ramekin and turn out onto plates. Serve with salmon garnished with mint and peas.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

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Recipe of the Week | Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

 

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

 

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 303 per portion
Fat 20g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Shortcrust pastry 150g (5oz)
  • Butter 15g (½oz)
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Small broccoli florets 75g (3oz)
  • Stilton 50g (2oz), crumbled

When ready to cook: serves 2

  • Egg 1
  • Milk 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roll out the pastry and use to line four 10cm (4in) diameter flan tins.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for 3–4 minutes until softened.
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Pour into a sieve, rinse under cold water and drain.
  4. Divide the onion, broccoli and Stilton between the four tins.

To serve now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C /425°F/Gas 7. Mix together 1 egg and 100ml (3½fl oz) milk. Pour into two tins, season and mix gently. Place on a baking tray. Bake for 20–30 minutes until set and golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tins. Serve warm.

To freeze:

  1. Wrap the assembled quiches in cling film and pack into a plastic container. Seal, label and use within 4 months.

To serve from the freezer:

  1. Unwrap two tins, and cook as above (adding egg and milk); there’s no need to defrost.

Cook’s tips
These can be cooked straight from the freezer, which is perfect for when you’re short of time. Simply add with the egg and milk before baking. If you have any egg and milk mixture left, mix with 1–2 tsp sugar and orange zest, pour into a ramekin and bake with the quiches for a scrumptious baked custard. If you don’t have individual flan tins you could use metal poachette rings set on a baking tray.

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

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