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Recipe of the week: Oatie Melting Moments

Oatie Melting Moments

These cute little cookies take only a few minutes to prepare but taste just delicious! AND the mixture makes 24, so there are plenty to share with friends or workmates.

Oatie Melting Moments

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


  • 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)


  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.


Dairy Diary 2017This recipe is taken from the 2017 Dairy Diary, which is Britain’s best-loved, 5-starred diary.

“The best diary around.
I buy one every year.”
Mrs Bell

“A treat every year. Recipe ideas.
Lots of room to put events and
little stickers that stand out
on the page.”
Mrs Audley

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The Diary of the Future!

Dairy Diary 2017 - the diary of the future

Adults in the UK spend an average of 2 hours, 26 minutes each day on a mobile device.

Whether it’s browsing the internet, planning the weekly shop, or accessing a calendar, we are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology.

But is this obsession with all things digital really necessary? Technology is a wonderful thing (hence why we’re using it right now) but does it need to replace everything?

Imagine a diary which is on all the time, never needs charging,
can be scrolled through in seconds, and enables you to add and
delete entries faster than you can say ‘Where’s the diary app?’

Take a look at this brand new device here.

You guessed it. It’s a real life paper diary.

One with delicious recipes, fab features, a handy pocket and even date stickers. 

Yes, of course, it’s the Dairy Diary!

The 2017 Dairy Diary allows you to do all of the above and much more, making it as relevant today as the first edition was in the pre-digital age 35 years ago.

From delicious and easy to follow recipes to inspirational ideas for activity holidays and handy hints and tips on topics as diverse as gardening and home budgeting, the Dairy Diary is a vital source of information which the whole family can access in an instant.

For more information, or to order your copy (what are you waiting for?) visit our website or ask your milkman – you can even order in a non-digital way if you wish!


Fancy a taster? This mild chicken curry is a winner with all the family.


Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 417 per portion
Fat 17g (?8.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Dessert apple 1, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Butternut squash 150g (5oz), peeled and diced
  • Curry paste 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Ground ginger ½ tsp
  • Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Mango chutney 1 tbsp
  • Cooked chicken 175-225g (6-8oz), cut into chunks
  • Cooked basmati rice, naan bread and flaked almonds to serve, optional


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion, apple, squash and curry paste. Cover and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Pour milk into pan, then add mango chutney and cooked chicken. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve curry on a bed of rice sprinkled with almonds and with naan bread, if using.





Recipe of the Week: Decadent Red Velvet Cake

Decadent Red Velvet Cake

What a beautiful bake! A must-try and must-taste recipe from the 2017 Dairy Diary.

The Dairy Diary is unique, practical and pretty – the perfect choice for planning your busy life.

And with sales of over 30 million, Dairy Diary has been Britain’s favourite home diary since 1982!

Click here to buy your copy and enjoy recipes year-round.


Decadent Red Velvet Cake

Decadent Red Velvet Cake

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 500 per portion
Fat 29g (18g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Unsalted butter 475g (1lb 1oz)
  • Caster sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 3 large, separated
  • Vanilla extract 2 tsp
  • White wine vinegar 1 tsp
  • Specialist cake decorator’s red food colouring paste 1 tsp
  • Cocoa powder 1½ tbsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • Self-raising flour 275g (10oz)
  • Buttermilk 284ml pot
  • Icing sugar 425g (15oz)
  • Full fat soft cheese 180g tub


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a round deep 20cm (8in) tin.
  2. In a large bowl cream together 250g (9oz) butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla, vinegar and colouring. Sift in cocoa, bicarbonate and half the flour, then mix in half the buttermilk.
  3. Mix in remaining flour and buttermilk. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites until foamy then fold into cake mixture.
  4. Spoon into tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin until cold.
  5. Level top and cut in half horizontally, reserving crumbs. Beat together icing sugar, remaining butter and cheese. Use to sandwich cake together and spread around sides and top. Sprinkle with cake crumbs.

The iconic 2017 Dairy Diary is available to buy for just £7.99 from the milkman or online here.

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Win a Beautiful Bouquet & Bottle of Bubbly!

Win Flowers & Champagne

Win a Beautiful Bouquet & Bottle of Bubbly!

 To celebrate our 35th anniversary and the launch of our brand new 2017 Dairy Diary and Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook, we have a fabulous competition to win a bouquet and bottle of bubbly.

This delightful gift set combines a stunning Quartz bouquet with a fresh & lively bottle of Pierson Whitaker Premier Cru Champagne. Wow.

For your chance to win click here.


Good luck everyone!


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