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Back to School with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins

Back to school with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins by Dairy Diary


Back to School with Scrumptious Lunchbox Muffins

Those brand new shoes are shiny and there’s that familiar scent of new stationery with a perfectly organised pencil case nestling in a pristine (for one day only!) school bag.

It must be back to school time!

Make their first day back at school even more memorable with a scrummy homemade muffin.

With fresh blackberries it should pass muster with even the most vehement lunchbox police.


Lunchbox Blackberry Muffins - a Dairy Diary recipes

Lunchbox Blackberry Muffins

Makes 12–14
Time 30 mins
Calories 225 Fat 9g of which 5.5g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Self-raising flour 300g (11oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Ground mixed spice ½ tsp, optional
Demerara sugar 200g (7oz)
Fresh blackberries 250g (9oz), very large ones halved
Full fat milk 300ml (½ pint)
Butter, 125g (4½oz), melted
Eggs 2 large, beaten

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6 and line a 12 or 14 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Stir together dry ingredients and sugar in a bowl, then add blackberries and mix.

2 Whisk together milk, melted butter and eggs. Gently fold liquid into dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix.

3 Divide batter between muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and golden. Serve warm or cold.

A Dairy Diary recipe.



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Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary | A St Patrick’s Day recipe that’s definitely worth the effort

Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary recipe


A St Patrick’s Day recipe that’s definitely worth the effort

As I am a breadmaker owner (and I don’t even use that, as my other half makes all the bread!), I have to confess that I haven’t baked much of the stuff since school.

However, I happened to be at the photography studio when this recipe was being shot and so I watched Sara, our food stylist, make it and it did look incredibly simple.

It tasted absolutely gorgeous too
and we enjoyed with a delicious
potato and leek soup
(DD recipe
of course). 

As today is St Patrick’s Day I thought it the perfect excuse to have a bash at Irish Soda bread. It worked and trust me it really is worth the effort.


Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary

Makes 1 loaf
Time 45 mins
Calories 140/slice Fat 2g of which 1.2g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Plain flour 450g (1lb)
Irish porridge oats with multi seeds 50g (2oz)
Salt 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
Butter or white fat 25g (1oz)
Finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 tbsp
Fresh cultured buttermilk 300ml pot
Whole milk 100ml (3½fl oz)

1 Preheat oven to 200ºC/Gas 6. Mix together flour, porridge oats, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Add butter or fat and rub in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in rosemary.

2 Add buttermilk and enough milk to make a soft but not sticky dough. Transfer to a greased and floured baking sheet and shape into an 18cm (7in) round. With a knife, score into four and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

3 Serve bread warm with a delicious soup (such as Creamy Leek & Potato Soup) or a selection of Irish cheeses and pickled onions.

Cook’s Tip
If can’t find oats with seeds, use plain Irish porridge oats instead.

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