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Top 3 Easter Recipes of all Time

Woohoo it’s the lovely long Easter weekend coming up

Now is the perfect time to gather together, have a giggle and, of course, eat something rather delicious.

In preparation, I have been looking back through our diaries and cookbooks to find the three best Easter recipes. And here they are.

Enjoy everyone and happy Easter!

 


Lamb Apricot Stuffing

Roast Lamb with Apricots

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 2 hrs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 499 per portion
Fat 24g (11.3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Leg of lamb 1.8kg (4lb), or shoulder, boned out
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Spinach leaves 110g (4oz)
  • Ready-to-eat dried apricots 175g (6oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Breadcrumbs 75g (3oz)
  • Chopped mint 2 tbsp fresh or 1–2 tsp dried
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Olive oil
  • Lamb or vegetable stock 300ml (1⁄2 pint)
  • Port 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
  • Cornflour or gravy granules
  • Mint sprigs to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Flatten the lamb as best you can, check for tough tendons or bones and remove them. Season well. Wash the spinach leaves and then put them in a large pan over a fairly high heat and let them wilt down for a minute. Cut out thick stalks. Arrange half the leaves to cover the inside of the lamb.
  2. To make the stuffing, in a bowl mix the chopped apricots, onion, breadcrumbs, mint and just enough egg to make a light stuffing. Spread the mixture over the spinach layer on the lamb then cover with the rest of the spinach leaves. Roll it up, securing with string.
  3. Put the stuffed lamb in a roasting tin, sprinkle with a little oil and seasoning. Cover with foil and cook for 90 minutes. Remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes to brown the meat. Leave to stand, wrapped in the foil, for 10 minutes before carving.
  4. Bring the lamb stock and port to the boil in a saucepan and reduce it by a third. Add any meat juices from the roasting tin without adding too much fat. Thicken with cornflour or gravy granules. Serve with roast potatoes and parsnips together with some green vegetables and mint sprigs to garnish.


Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding

Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 615 per portion
Fat 42g (23.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Hot cross buns 6 large, each sliced into 3 horizontally
  • Butter 50g (2oz), softened
  • Apricot jam 175g (6oz)
  • Double cream 300ml (½ pint)
  • Milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Golden caster sugar 2-3 tbsp
  • Eggs 4, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Spread each slice of bun with butter and jam. Sandwich buns together and cut in half along the diagonal.
  2. Butter a 1.7 litre (3 pint) ovenproof dish. Arrange bun triangles neatly in the dish.
  3. Pour cream, milk and sugar (if buns are very sweet, use 2 tbsp) into a large saucepan and bring slowly to scalding point, stirring often; do not allow to boil.
  4. Pour hot cream onto eggs in a slow and steady stream, whisking constantly. Strain and pour over buns. Leave to soak for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 190°C(170°fan)/375°F/Gas 5. Place pudding into a larger ovenproof dish containing enough water to come halfway up sides of dish and bake for
    35-40 minutes or until just set and golden. Serve warm.


 

Mocha Easter Cake

Mocha Easter Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Time: 1 hr 35 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 657 per portion
Fat 39g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 250g (9oz), cut into small pieces and softened
  • Caster sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 4 large, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 250g (9oz)
  • Baking powder ½ tsp
  • Coffee essence 2 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate 350g (12oz), broken into small pieces
  • Soured cream 284ml tub
  • Mini Easter eggs to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Grease and lightly flour a 20cm (8in) round cake tin. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put butter, caster sugar and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Sift in self-raising flour and baking powder, then beat well, until smooth. Spoon half the mixture into another bowl and add coffee essence. Stir well.
  3. Fill cake tin with alternate spoonfuls of both cake mixtures, then swirl a skewer through mixture to create a marbled effect.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes–1 hour, or until well risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Put chocolate into a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and stir until melted.
  6. Add soured cream and stir it in with a wire whisk. Using a palette knife, quickly spread and swirl warm icing over cake. Leave to set at room temperature and decorate with mini Easter eggs.


 

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Just For One Or Two cookbook back in stock plus a special Valentine’s Day menu

Hot off the press!
Our sell-out cookbook is now back in stock!

Just For One Or Two cookbookJust for One or Two is one of the fastest selling cookbooks we have ever published. Selling out well before Christmas, it proved to be a real favourite with our customers.

After many requests we have reprinted, and it’s now back in stock and available to order online here <link> or by calling 01425 463390.

Not only is it perfect for single and couples,
it’s also a great ‘date night’ cookbook for families
who have young children and find it difficult to
escape for a meal out.

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A very special (but super-easy) Valentine’s Day menu.

For romantics out there here’s a gorgeous menu of recipes from the book to cook for (or with) your other half on Valentine’s Day.

Mushrooms with Goat’s Cheese

Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce & Potato Wedges

Crêpes with Brandy Marmalade Sauce

Have fun!

And don’t forget to look out for our competition to win a fabulous Breville Crêpe Maker. Coming very soon.


 

Mushrooms with Goat's Cheese

Mushrooms with Goat’s Cheese

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 185 per portion
Fat 12g (7g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Large flat mushroom 2, wiped
  • Shallot 2, peeled and finely chopped
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 30g (½oz)
  • Butter 30g (½oz), melted
  • Chopped thyme 2 tsp, plus leaves to garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Goat’s cheese 50g round slice
  • Salad leaves to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms. Chop the stalks finely and then mix with the shallots, breadcrumbs, melted butter, thyme and seasoning.
  2. Pack the mixture into the mushrooms. Place on a baking sheet and cook in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the cheese on the mushrooms and sprinkle with a few extra thyme leaves. Return to the oven for a further 10–15 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt and turn golden. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with black pepper and serve immediately with a few salad leaves if liked.

Cook’s tips

Mushrooms don’t need peeling; just wipe with a clean, damp cloth or small mushroom brush to remove any dirt.

This recipe is ideal fo using up any leftover cheese; instead of goat’s cheese use any sliced soft cheese or grated hard cheese of your choice.

You could use a pinch of dried thyme instead of fresh.

You could also add a little lemon zest to the stuffing mixture if you like.

 


 

Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce & Potato Wedges

Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce & Potato Wedges

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 75 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 747 per portion
Fat 62g (30g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Olive oil 2 tbsp plus 3 tsp
  • Potatoes 2, peeled and cut into wedges
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and finely chopped
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • Whole black peppercorns 2 tsp, lightly crushed
  • Beef stock 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Double cream 150ml pot
  • Beef rump steaks 2
  • Mixed salad 50g packet, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Pour 2 tablespoons oil into a roasting tin and place in the oven to heat up.
  2. Meanwhile, put the potatoes in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain well and rough up the edges by shaking in the pan.
  3. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and carefully add the wedges. Season with salt and pepper. Using a long handled spoon, coat the potato wedges in the oil and spread out in the tin.
  4. Return the tin to the oven and cook for 45–50 minutes until crisp, turning after 20 minutes.
  5. To make the sauce, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until softened, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the peppercorns and 4 tablespoons of the beef stock. Simmer until almost all the liquid has evaporated, then add the leftover stock with the cream and bring to the boil. Simmer until reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally. Season to taste.
  7. For the steaks, preheat a griddle until hot. Brush 1 teaspoon oil onto both sides of the steaks, then cook according to taste. Usually, for rare cook for 2 minutes on each side, for medium cook for 3–4 minutes on each side, and for well done cook for 4–6 minutes on each side. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
  8. Serve the steaks with the potato wedges, salad and the peppercorn sauce.

 


 

Crêpes with Brandy Marmalade Sauce

Crêpes with Brandy Marmalade Sauce

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 514 per portion
Fat 20g (3g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Plain flour 50g (2oz)
  • Caster sugar 25g (1oz)
  • Egg 1
  • Semi-skimmed milk 60ml (2fl oz)
  • Sunflower oil 3–4 tbsp
  • Marmalade 3 tbsp
  • Brandy 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Put the flour, sugar and egg into a bowl and mix. Then mix the milk with 60ml (2fl oz) of water in a jug and gradually whisk it into the sweetened flour and egg, together with 2 tablespoons oil, to make a smooth batter.
  2. Put the marmalade in a small saucepan with the brandy. Bring to the boil, stirring, until the marmalade melts, then boil for a few minutes to make a syrup. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand.
  3. Pour a little oil into the base of a small non-stick frying pan. When hot, pour away the excess oil. Add 2 tablespoons of the crêpe mixture to the pan and tilt the pan until the base is covered. Cook for 1–2 minutes until the base is lightly browned.
  4. Turn the crêpe over with a knife and cook the other side. Slide it from the pan and keep warm. Repeat until all the batter has been used.
  5. Arrange the crêpes on warmed plates and spoon the marmalade sauce over them. Serve immediately.

Cook’s tips
If you don’t have brandy, simply add 2 tbsp water instead.
You could serve the crêpes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like.


 

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Recipe of the Week | Turmeric Pickled Cauliflower

Turmeric Pickled Cauliflower

Try this fabulous pickle as a side dish with your favourite meat or cheese or as a guilt-free snack.

Turmeric Pickled Cauliflower

  • Servings: 2-3 jars
  • Time: 15 mins plus cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 34 per portion
Fat 0.4g (0.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • White/Chinese rice wine vinegar 300ml (½ pint)
  • Caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • Salt 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Crushed dried chillies 1 tsp
  • Cauliflower 1 small, broken into florets
  • Clean jars 1 large or 2 small

Instructions

  1. Pour vinegar into a saucepan with 200ml (7fl oz) water. Add sugar and salt and bring up to boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add turmeric, mustard seeds and crushed chillies to liquid.
  3. Pack cauliflower into clean jars, pour in liquid and leave to cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 weeks.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

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Recipe of the week: Pear & Ginger Sorbet

Pear & Ginger Sorbet

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 mins plus freezing
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 142 per portion
Fat 0.1g (0g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for frezezing

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Canned pears in natural juice 2 x 420g cans
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, drained
  • Lemon 1, zest only
  • Amaretti biscuits to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Put sugar in a small pan with 150ml (¼ pint) of juice from pears. Bring up to boil and then boil for 5 minutes. Leave to cool slightly.
  2. Place pears, stem ginger and lemon zest in a food processor. Add cooled sugar syrup and purée until smooth.
  3. Spoon into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2 hours. Mash with a fork and return to freezer. Repeat until softly frozen (about 6 hours).
  4. Serve with Amaretti biscuits, if using.

A Dairy Diary recipe

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Dairy Diary 2016 OUT NOW!

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I am SO excited, today’s the big day!

After eighteen months of planning, the 2016 Dairy Diary officially launches today!!

And I can honestly say that I’m thrilled with it. I LOVE the front cover with its riot of gorgeous colours, and the contents are better than ever.

Dairy Diary 2016 with lots of writing space

And I particularly love the recipe shots that our food photographer, Steve, took outside in his garden last summer.

I know many of you will be very familiar with the Dairy Diary (you have permission to skip to the end!) but for those who are new to it, the Dairy Diary is an A5 week-to-view diary, clearly laid out with lots of writing space plus easy-to-follow triple-tested recipes.

With concealed wiro- binding it lies flat for writing and reference and also features a page-marker ribbon and handy pocket for notes and cards.

Dairy Diary 2016 weekly recipes

It contains a wealth of practical information from conversions and budgets to laundry tips and useful addresses. There’s also fascinating articles on subjects such as gardening, walking for health and British waterways.

Included in each Dairy Diary is a sheet
of memorable dates stickers for marking
appointments and occasions.

The first edition of the Dairy Diary was in 1982 and since then more than 30 million copies have been sold, making it Britain’s favourite home diary.

Dairy Diary 2016 laundry help

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And here’s my favourite recipe from this edition (note the lovely shot in Steve’s garden).

Pear & Ginger Sorbet

Pear & Ginger Sorbet

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 mins plus freezing
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 142 per portion
Fat 0.1g (0g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for frezezing

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Canned pears in natural juice 2 x 420g cans
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, drained
  • Lemon 1, zest only
  • Amaretti biscuits to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. Put sugar in a small pan with 150ml (¼ pint) of juice from pears. Bring up to boil and then boil for 5 minutes. Leave to cool slightly.
  2. Place pears, stem ginger and lemon zest in a food processor. Add cooled sugar syrup and purée until smooth.
  3. Spoon into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2 hours. Mash with a fork and return to freezer. Repeat until softly frozen (about 6 hours).
  4. Serve with Amaretti biscuits, if using.

A Dairy Diary recipe

 


 

 

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Recipe of the week: Raspberry Mango Stilton Salad

Raspberry Mango Stilton Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 279 per portion
Fat 21g (7.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Raspberry vinegar 6 tbsp
  • Olive oil 4 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Raspberries 250g (9oz)
  • Mango 1 peeled, stoned and cubed
  • Stilton cheese 110g (4oz), cubed
  • Salad leaves 150g bag

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, pour the raspberry vinegar and olive oil into a bowl and add the mustard, sugar and seasoning. Whisk the dressing to mix together the ingredients.
  2. Add half the raspberries to the bowl and use a fork to mash them slightly into the dressing. Stir the mango and cheese into the dressing.
  3. Divide the salad leaves between four plates. Spoon over the mango and cheese and scatter over the remaining raspberries, drizzling over any remaining dressing
  4. Serve immediately with some crusty bread to mop up the dressing.

 

Cook’s tip

If possible, choose a bag of salad that contains some shredded beetroot as the deep red colour looks good with the red raspberries and orange mango.

 

Recipe taken from Just One Pot.

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