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Apricot Bakewell Tarts

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 45 minutes plus chilling mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 546 per portion
Fat 26g (8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Plain flour 50g (2oz)
  • Caster sugar 2 tsp plus 25g (1oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), diced
  • Strawberry or raspberry jam 4 tsp
  • Dried ready-to-eat apricots 40g (1½oz), sliced
  • Egg 1
  • Almond extract a few drops
  • Ground almonds 3 tbsp
  • Skimmed milk 2 tbsp
  • Flaked almonds 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Cream or ice cream to serve (optional)


  1. Place the flour and 2 teaspoons sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter to make fine crumbs. Stir in 2-3 teaspoons cold water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface and then cut in half and roll each half out thinly. Use to line two 10cm (4in) diameter tart tins. Trim the tops and chill for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Spread the jam over the base of the tarts and then sprinkle with the apricots.
  3. Separate the egg into two medium-sized bowls. Whisk the white until stiff and moist peaks form. Add the remaining sugar and almond extract to the egg yolk and whisk until it is thick and pale. Fold in the ground almonds and milk, then gently fold in the egg white.
  4. Pour the mixture over the apricots, sprinkle with the flaked almonds, if using, and bake for 15–20 minutes until golden and just set. Check after 10 minutes and cover with foil if necessary to stop over-browning.
  5. Leave to cool for 15 minutes, remove from the tins and dust with icing sugar. Serve with fresh cream or ice cream if you like.

Cook’s tips
You could use other types of dried ready-to-eat fruits. Choose your favourite.
If you don’t have individual tart tins, you could use poachette rings set on a baking tray.


A Just for One or Two  recipe.



Recipe of the Week: Double Lemon Puddings

Double Lemon Puddings

A light lemon sponge with a secret sauce, these lovely little puds are from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook, which is available to order online now.


Double Lemon Puddings

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 539 per portion
Fat 27g (15g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Lemon curd 5 tbsp
  • Lemons 2, grated zest and juice
  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2, lightly beaten
  • Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Lightly grease four 175ml (6fl oz) ramekins.
  2. Beat together the lemon curd and half the lemon juice and spoon into the ramekins.
  3. Put half the lemon zest and the rest of the lemon juice with the butter, caster sugar, eggs and flour into a mixing bowl or food processor and mix well. Divide the mixture among the ramekins (do not fill right to the top as the mixture will rise) and bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Leave for a few minutes before serving, as the lemon curd will be very hot! Serve with a dusting of icing sugar and the remaining lemon zest.

Cook’s tip. Lemon puddle pudding but made with the easiest sauce ever – what could be simpler than stirring extra lemon juice into lemon curd?


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How to impress with a seriously easy but delicious breakfast

As I am newly married I thought I had better up my game a bit and be a good wife! So yesterday I pulled out all the stops and made breakfast in bed – quite a feat when my better-half usually gets up before 7am!

Bleary-eyed, I fumbled through my trusty Dairy Diary, donned my apron (looking very glamorous over my M&S pjs) and rustled up these rather fabulous Danish Pastries (sshhh he’ll never know how easy they are to make!)

They really are a very easy treat
for a weekend breakfast, I can
highly recommend them!



Easy Peasy Danish Pastries

Easy Peasy Danish Pastries

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 272 per portion
Fat 16g (6.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 375g packet
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Apple sauce 8 tsp
  • Marzipan 110g (4oz)
  • Apricot jam 2 tbsp, warmed
  • Toasted flaked almonds 2 tbsp


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Unroll pastry and cut into eight squares. Brush each with egg and place 1 tsp apple sauce in centre. Roll marzipan into a sausage shape about 5cm (2in) long and cut into eight. Place each piece onto apple sauce. Fold up corners of pastry to meet in middle. Brush with egg and place on tray.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Brush with jam and sprinkle with almonds. Serve warm.


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School Sports Day Essentials

School Sports Day Essentials

Many of us parents and grandparents will soon be dashing off to see our beloved offspring attempting to race (with varying degrees of success!) in their school sports day.

None of my children have any competitive spirit whatsoever, so it’s a little like watching a comedy. Last year one of my twins even returned to help collect others’ beanbags before she decided to amble across the finish line!

It’s an enjoyable but lengthy afternoon
(often/hopefully in the sun), so it’s important
to take plenty of water to drink.

Many schools put on a bake sale as a fundraising initiative, so you may also want to take along something homemade. Avoid chocolatey cakes as they will melt in the heat. And don’t take anything containing nuts, which are often not permissible in school because of allergies. Perhaps opt for something moist, which will survive the afternoon.

One of my favourites is this bread pudding from the Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.


Auntie Lou Breadpudding

Auntie Lou’s Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 228 per portion
Fat 9.8g (5.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • White bread, crust removed 225g (8oz), 2–3 days old, torn into small pieces
  • Milk 375ml (13fl oz)
  • Oranges 2, grated zest of both, juice of 1
  • Mixed spice 1 tbsp
  • Raisins 175g (6oz)
  • Sultanas 150g (5oz)
  • Chopped mixed peel 50g (2oz)
  • Ready-to-eat dried prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Ready-to-eat dried apricots 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Glacé cherries 75g (3oz), quartered
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Butter 150g (5oz), melted
  • Black treacle 1–2 tbsp
  • Granulated sugar to sprinkle


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 23cm (9in) square shallow ovenproof dish.
  2. Soak the bread with the milk in a large bowl for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the sugar and mix well.
  4. Transfer to the baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 45–50 minutes until the pudding is lightly browned and set in the centre.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and serve hot. Or leave to cool, cover and chill. Serve cold, cut into squares.

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How to make Embroidery Biscuits

How to make embroidery biscuits

Embroidery Biscuits

These exquisite biscuits, iced with pastel-coloured sugarpaste and decorated with delicate royal icing ‘embroidery’, will be the stars of any tea party.

They wouldn’t look out-of-place in an upmarket patisserie window and they are surprisingly simple to make.


  • For vanilla biscuits
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Eggs 2, at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • Plain flour 400g (14oz)
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • For royal icing
  • Icing sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Egg white 1 large
  • Lemon juice ¼ tsp

To decorate

  • Sugarpaste in different pastel colours (about 15g/½oz for each biscuit)
  • Apricot jam warmed
  • Sugar pearls and tiny sugarpaste roses optional


  1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy. Then gradually beat in eggs followed by vanilla extract.
  2. Sift in flour and salt and stir until evenly mixed. Bring the mixture together with your hands to make a soft dough, then flatten it into a disc and wrap in cling film. Chill for at least 1 hour until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180˚C/160˚fan/Gas 4 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm (¼in) thick and stamp out rounds using a 6.5cm (2½in) plain cutter, gathering up and re-rolling trimmings to make about 30 biscuits in total. Place onto baking sheets, leaving a little space between each, so they have room to spread.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until their edges are just turning gold – don’t worry if the biscuits are still soft in the middle, they will firm up as they cool. Transfer to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before decorating.


  1. Sieve icing sugar into a bowl, add egg white and whisk, using an electric mixer on a slow speed, for about 5 minutes until icing is standing in stiff peaks. Stir in lemon juice.
  2. To prevent a crust from forming, press a sheet of cling film over the surface and cover the bowl with a damp cloth.



  1. Working with one colour at a time, knead paste until smooth; on a non-stick surface using a non-stick rolling pin, roll out to 3mm (less than ¼in) thick.
  2. Stamp out rounds of sugarpaste using the same cutter as for the biscuits. Brush a thin layer of jam onto each biscuit and place sugarpaste on top. Gently rub the top and edges to smooth out any marks.
  3. Lightly press a large flower cutter into the paste to emboss it with the outline. Press a smaller flower cutter in the centre. Set aside for about 1 hour at room temperature to firm up.


  1. Spoon royal icing into a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle; then pipe a squiggly line of icing over the imprint of the large flower. Pipe a small section at a time to avoid the icing starting to dry.
  2. Using a dampened, fine paintbrush, drag icing towards the centre in short strokes to achieve a feathered effect. Clean the paintbrush frequently.
  3. Once the larger flower is complete, repeat for the inner section. Set aside for at least 2 hours to allow the icing to dry. Then, with a dab of royal icing, attach a small sugarpaste rose in the centre. Use a dry brush to remove any icing that oozes out from under the rose.


  1. As well as roses, add sugar pearls for a more elaborate design; or use sugar pearls on their own if you like.
  2. If sugarpaste doesn’t entirely cover a biscuit, ice a border.


  • If biscuit dough is difficult to roll out, roll it between two sheets of cling film or baking parchment.
  • Unless the dough is really sticky, it’s best not to knead in more flour as this will make it dry, and your baked biscuits will be tough and chewy rather than crisp.

A Dairy Diary recipe.




Recipe of the Week | Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 368 per portion
Fat 25g (11g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Macadamia nuts 125g (4½oz)
  • Light brown sugar 50g (2oz)
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Eggs 2
  • Almond extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz), sifted
  • Raspberries 200g (7oz)
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Demerara sugar 1 heaped tbsp


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
  2. Whizz macadamia nuts in a food processor until finely ground.
  3. Beat together brown sugar, caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs and almond extract then fold in flour and nuts. When combined, gently fold in raspberries and milk.
  4. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes (you may need to cover with foil). Remove from oven, scatter with demerara sugar and return to oven for 5 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin.


A Dairy Diary recipe.





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