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Pretty Edible Christmas Gifts

Edible Christmas gifts from the Dairy Diary

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Pretty Edible Christmas Gifts

You won’t be surprised to hear that I give the Dairy Diary as a Christmas gift to many of my friends and relatives.

In addition to the diary, it’s lovely to give something homemade too, showing a little effort and thought. Though it adds an extra job to that list of ten thousand things – I’m sure all you mums out there can relate to that –it’s so pleasurable and rewarding it’s worth it.

This year, I have decided to
make these edible offerings –
all Dairy Diary recipes of course.

A few of each will be wrapped in cellophane, tied with a pretty ‘proper’ fabric ribbon, adorned with a gift tag and delivered to my loved ones.

And my gift to you?

In addition to all of these fabulous recipes, I have included these gorgeous printable gift tags. It’s much classier than my cut-out creations from last year’s Christmas cards! Click here to download the PDF file – Edible Christmas gift labels

 

Oaty Fudge Treats

Oaty Fudge Treats

Makes 36
Time 10 mins
Calories 110 per portion
Fat 3g of which 0.9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
Brown sugar 450g (1lb)
Butter 15g (½oz)
Salt pinch
Vanilla essence ½ tsp
Crunchy peanut butter 175g (6oz)
Porridge oats 110g (4oz)
No added sugar muesli 110g (4oz)
Glacè cherries 75g (3oz), chopped

1 Place milk, sugar, butter, salt and vanilla essence in a pan and bring up to boil, stirring. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.

2 Add peanut butter and stir, then add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Place spoonfuls of mixture into petit four cases and leave to set.

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Cherry Biscuits

Cherry Biscuits

Makes 12 biscuits
Time 40 mins
Calories 183 per biscuit
Fat 8.4g of which 5g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter 110g (4oz), softened
Caster sugar 75g (3oz), plus 1–2 tbsp for sprinkling
Egg 1, separated
Plain fl our 200g (7oz)
Ground ginger ½ tsp
Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
Dried cherries 75g (3oz)

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a baking sheet.

2 Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl and beat in egg yolk. Sift fl our, ginger and cinnamon into another bowl and gently stir into creamed mixture. Add cherries and shape the mixture into a ball of dough.

3 Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 5mm (¼in) thickness. Use an 8cm (3¼in) cutter to cut out about 12 biscuits. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, lightly beat egg white. Remove biscuits from oven and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden.

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Dainty Iced Gingerbread

Dainty Iced Gingerbread

Makes 18
Time 40 mins plus cooling
Calories 102
Fat 2g of which 1.5g is saturated

Plain flour 150g (5oz)
Ground ginger 1 tsp
Ground mixed spice ½ tsp
Butter 50g (2oz)
Soft light muscovado sugar 50g (2oz)
Milk 1 tbsp
Golden syrup 2 tbsp
Royal icing sugar 150g (5oz)
Edible silver sugar balls to decorate

1 Stir together flour, ginger and mixed spice in a mixing bowl.

2 Put butter, sugar, milk and syrup in a pan. Set over low heat and stir gently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 2 minutes. Tip in flour mixture. Mix well to make a dough. Leave until cool enough to handle, then gently knead to make a neat ball.

3 Preheat oven to 180ºC/Gas 4. Roll out dough on a floured surface and stamp out 18 hearts or stars, measuring 5-6cm (2in). Re-roll trimmings as necessary. Transfer to baking sheets lined with baking parchment and bake for 10-12 minutes.

4 Leave to firm, then transfer to a rack to cool. Mix icing sugar with enough water to make a smooth paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe dots and squiggles on biscuits. Decorate with silver balls. Leave to set.

 

Happy making and baking everyone!

 

 

 

The Romance of Steam Trains

Llangollen Steam Railway

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It’s all getting a little steamy

Steam trains have a certain romantic allure, especially if you sit in a carriage like this one depicted by one of my favourite artists, Eric Ravilious.

Eric ravilious trainI love to sit and watch the scenery go by whilst wondering what it would be like to go back in time and ride by steam during its heyday.

This year saw the 75th anniversary of the Mallard breaking the world speed record for steam on Stoke Bank just south of Grantham, Lincolnshire. And next year it is 100 years since the Flying Scotsman began its infamous Edinburgh to London route, clocking 100 mph – the first ever to achieve this speed. To commemorate this we have a feature on the joy of steam travel in the 2014 Dairy Diary, giving a brief history and lots of info on railway-related places to visit.

Llangollen in North Wales gets a mention
and quite rightly so, it’s fabulous!

Thomas-The-Tank-Engine-Llanglloen

I took the whole family to Llangollen railway last weekend for the fantastic Day Out with Thomas. The children got to ride on Daisy, Thomas and Douglas and well as enjoy Thomas-related crafts and face painting.

Face-Painting-with-Thomas-The-Tank-Engine

I’m not sure who was most excited, the children or their dad and grandad! It was a truly lovely family day out and we even got to enjoy the spectacle of a double rainbow sweeping over the river Dee.

Llangollen-Steam-Railway-Rainbow

For more information on where to ride a steam train visit www.heritagerailways.com or buy the 2014 Dairy Diary. It’s available now!

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Cherry Biscuits recipe

Cherry Biscuits recipe

Our picnic aboard Daisy include these scrummy Cherry Biscuits from the Dairy Diary.

Competition | Last chance to win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales

Win Heston Blumenthal Digital Scales

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Competition


Last chance to win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales

To celebrate the launch of the Dairy Diary 2014 we are giving you the chance to win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales.

These digital scales, from Heston Blumenthal’s Precision range by Salter take the guesswork out of measuring ingredients, by giving highly accurate and dependable readings, every time and feature the ‘Aquatronics’ liquid measure function.

The stainless steel 1.5L mixing / measuring bowl is capable of holding and reading up to 5kg of ingredients.

If you haven’t entered do so now!

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Dairy Diary 2014

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Dairy Diary 2014 available now.

We honestly think it’s the best 2014 diary available. We have refreshed the Dairy Diary design inside so it has a more modern, magaziney feel but it’s still uber user-friendly and Dairy Diaryesque.

You can order the Dairy Diary online or from your milkman.

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Happy Halloween Recipes

Happy Halloween

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Recipes for a Happy Halloween

Stroll around any supermarket and you will be literally attacked by Halloween merchandise – it’s everywhere!

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the whole Halloween thing – especially encouraging our children to dress up in hellish costumers and knock on strangers’ doors begging for sweets. However, it can be a great excuse to get crafting.

Halloween pumpkin carving

The most obvious thing to do, of course, is pumpkin carving.  A beautifully carved pumpkin can be really quite lovely.  I don’t know if we have the talent to produce something like this but we will certainly attempt a simple version.

And in the 2014 Dairy Diary, there’s a fab Pumpkin & Ginger Risotto recipe for using up leftover pumpkin flesh. Ideal for a romantic meal for two after the children are safely tucked up in bed!

And for the little ones to make? How about this fabulous recipe for Halloween Cake Pops? They are simple to make and look so pretty (although our talented food stylist Sara, may be a little more artistic than my children!)

Halloween recipes

There are many more super seasonal recipes in the 2014 Dairy Diary and it’s only a click away!


Dairy Diary SetWhy not treat yourself
to the Dairy Diary Set?

For just £9.25 you get:

  • Dairy Diary
  • Pocket diary
  • Coordinated pen
  • Notepad
  • Sticky notes.
  • Coloured page markers

Go on….you deserve it!

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Win Heston Blumenthal Digital ScalesDon’t forget to
enter to win
Heston Blumenthal
Orb Digital Scales

You can enter on the
Dairy Diary website  or
Dairy Diary Facebook page

Enter on both to double your chances!

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Competition | Win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales

Win Heston Blumenthal Digital Scales

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Competition


Win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales

To celebrate the launch of the Dairy Diary 2014 we are giving you the chance to win Heston Blumenthal Orb Digital Scales.

These digital scales, from Heston Blumenthal’s Precision range by Salter take the guesswork out of measuring ingredients, by giving highly accurate and dependable readings, every time and feature the ‘Aquatronics’ liquid measure function.

The stainless steel 1.5L mixing / measuring bowl is capable of holding and reading up to 5kg of ingredients.

Enter

 

 

Dairy Diary 2014

Dairy Diary 2014 available now.

We honestly think it’s the best 2014 diary available. We have refreshed the Dairy Diary design inside so it has a more modern, magaziney feel but it’s still uber user-friendly and Dairy Diaryesque.

You can order the Dairy Diary online or from your milkman.

buy bow

Us Brits have some quaint customs don’t we?

British  cheese rolling custom

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Us Brits have some quaint customs don’t we?

From rolling cheese down a hill to burning an effigy of the bloke who tried to blow up parliament, we can be quite eccentric with our celebrations.

Isn’t it fun though?

Children's-harvest-festival-trailerOn Sunday we went along to my son’s school harvest festival. It begins with all the children climbing aboard a trailer filled with hay bales and being pulled by a tractor around the village clutching their harvest offerings. Isaac absolutely loved it!

Of course, celebrating the harvest is an age-old custom dating back to pagan times.

The harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday nearest to the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox). Religious or not, it’s a lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday giving thanks for the food we eat and donating a little of what we have to those who really don’t have much at all.

For our harvest parcel, we baked a
gorgeous loaf of bread from the 2014 Dairy Diary.
It looked quite the pièce de résistance snuggled
in amongst the apples and carrots.

Irish Soda Bread recipe from Dairy Diary 2014

2014 diary recipe for Irish Soda Bread

2014 diary recipe for Irish Soda Bread

 

 

Dairy Diary 2014

The best 2014 diary

 

The Dairy Diary has been the best-selling home and kitchen diary since 1982. The 2014 diary features an A5 week-to-view diary with lots of writing space and a practical lie-flat format. Packed with recipes, information and cook’s tips, it’s essential for any busy home. It is now available for just £7.25 from the Dairy Diary website.

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