The Perfect Easter Bake!

Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices from the Dairy Diary

Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices

ANY excuse to get me in the kitchen baking, and as you can imagine I have been waiting for Easter to come around this year so that I can make the perfect Easter bake – Easter Lemon & White Chocolate Slices from the 2021 Dairy Diary – delicious.

I first fell in love with this recipe when we were on location at the photography shoot – lemon curd, white chocolate, shortbread and coconut all in a cheesecake… what’s not to like?!

I think I almost ate the whole lot as Emily
isn’t a huge fan of cheesecake… madness!

It’s not often we show the ‘behind the scenes’ of what we do at Dairy Diary, to be honest we often forget to take a quick snap of what’s going on due to how busy we are year-round (we’re not complaining, thank you for keeping us busy!)

Here is a photograph, mid-shoot at the wonderful Steve Lee’s studio in London, we were so disappointed not to be able to visit last year, though our waistlines certainly weren’t too sad about it.

Hopefully, we can visit again soon and make the most of all the delicious food cooked for us very soon for the 2023 diary photography!


Win Stunning MollyMac Table Linens

Our friends at MollyMac know a thing or two about setting a pretty spring table on which to show off your Easter bakes.

And they have kindly offered three stunning table linens for our competition.

Enter the competition here now.

Win MollyMac Table Linen

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.

Why DO the clocks change?

Why do the clocks go forward in the UK

It’s time to ‘spring forward’, as the popular saying goes…

 

Despite the awful weather we have had in the UK recently, now is the time things begin to pick up.

Beautiful flowers start to emerge from the soil, wonderful bird song is back and the evenings gradually get lighter – is it too early to clean up the BBQ?

As we enter British Summer Time (BST) the clocks will go forward one hour, which is great for morning people, not-so-great for people like myself that enjoys a lengthier sleep! However, I am very much looking forward to all the lovely things summer brings with it.

 

Why do the clocks change?

It’s always useful to remember the phrase ‘spring forward, fall back’ when it comes to the clocks change, but why do we change the time twice a year?

READ MORE

 

The clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March.

 

 


 

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.

An Adorable Easter Crochet Make

Easter Crochet Make

Easter is just around the corner, and if you love to crochet, we have an adorable Easter Crochet make for you to try!

Even if the art of crochet is completely new to you, it is so fun and rewarding once you have completed a fabulous set of bunny ears (more on that later) or even seeing a huge blanket-project starting to take shape.

With crochet, you can be as creative as you like, experimenting with different coloured yarns and for the more experienced ‘crocheter’, exploring beautiful patterns – let your visions become reality!

At the beginning of lockdown, I’m sure we all planned lots of things we wanted to get done, such as organise that incredibly messy cupboard, clean all your silver, or even gardening to make the most of your garden? However, sometimes we just want to sit in a quiet room, with a cup of tea and get crafting!

Crochet dlesarns & Neel

If you are a complete beginner, (like me) head to Top Crochet Patterns to learn how to crochet and watch their fantastic video lessons covering crochet tips, tricks and techniques.

Easter Crochet patternFor those among you who are well practised, or even just a bit beyond a beginner, give this easy Easter-themed crochet project a go.

They are perfect for making the annual Easter egg hunt magical and memorable for the children (or you can just pop them on and enjoy wearing them for a while!)

You can download the FREE pattern here.

 


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.

Birds to look out for in your garden part 2

The Blue Tit

Spring begins today, thank goodness

 

The beginning of warmer weather, lighter evenings and new flora and fauna.

Watching the high jinks of the irrepressible blue tit around the garden is always a delight.

Here’s the introduction from a fascinating article on the Blue Tit.

Blue Tits on branch

The Blue Tit

Watching the high jinks of the irrepressible blue tit around the garden, on the bird-table or in the woods is always a delight.

As the only resident blue-and-yellow bird in the garden, the blue tit is easy to spot as it flutters from bush to tree, visits the bird-table or flies in and out of a nest-box. Blue tits are fearless, entertaining gymnasts too, whether going topsy- turvy on a bird-feeder or dangling from a wispy twig.

Read the full article

 


FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDSFor more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season.

Available now for just £8.99

 


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.

Make the perfect boiled egg

How to make the perfect boiled egg

3 Ways to Boil an Egg

But which makes the perfect egg?

 

We often buy local farm eggs, which come in all sorts of random sizes, and it can be difficult to cook the perfect boiled egg.

I had heard Heston’s method mentioned on radio 4 recently, and so I decided to give it a try.

Heston Blumenthal suggests you just cover the eggs with cold water, bring to the boil, then take off the heat and leave with the lid on for 6 minutes.

It does work and I think it’s more reliable than other methods as I have now tried it several times and not once had gloopy white (eugh). The yolks are always soft too, but I do find the whites ever so slightly rubbery compared to more conventional methods.

 


 

The Dairy Book of Home CookeryThe Dairy Book of Home Cookery, which has a whole chapter on eggs, gives two methods for boiled egg:

 

Method One

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan of enough boiling water to cover them completely.
  2. Bring back to the boil and simmer gently for 5½ -7 minutes, depending on how set you like your eggs.

 

Method Two

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Time from when the water comes to the boil.

 

I grew up on the 3-minute egg method, but my husband favours method one (cooked for 7 minutes). It does mean that you don’t have to watch for the boil and dash over to the timer (useful when you’re frantically packing school lunchboxes) but often the yolk is a little too set for my liking.

My final choice would be method one I think – but I leave the water to boil rather than simmer – for 6½ minutes. It’s not completely fool-proof as egg size does make a difference, but most of the time it does result in the perfect soft-boiled egg.

 

Has anyone ever tried a boiled egg gadget?

I’ve seen them in Lakeland but never tried them.

 

Read more in the 

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.

Mothering Sunday Bake

Almond & Raspberry Celebration Cake

Tomorrow is Mothering Sunday and whilst we still cannot see loved ones, there is now light at the end of the tunnel

 

Brighter days will comeWhether it’s for a mum, a gran, an aunt, a neighbour or a friend, now’s a great time to bake for someone who needs a little cheer.

Leave a slice or two in a pretty box on a doorstep to brighten someone’s day and celebrate the fact that there are better times ahead.

 

Almond & Raspberry Celebration Cake

recipe

 

We have a collection of 5 Brilliant Spring Bakes online – lots of scrumptious goodies to bake and share (or just eat!)

Hang on in there folks!

Hugs from us at Dairy Diary.

 


 

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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