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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
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 228 per portion
Fat 9.8g (5.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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4 Brilliant Bonfire Snacks

 

Four brilliant bonfire snacks

 

One of the best things about our latest cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, is the bakes.

These best-loved tried-and-tested recipes have been cooked countless times across the land, and they are truly scrumptious.

The cookbook is crammed full of fabulous comfort food, which is just perfect for warming you up on Bonfire Night.

Here’s our selection for November 5th,
or indeed any autumnal evening when
you’re in need of a little comfort food.

Enjoy folks – I’m convinced you will!

 


Pigs in Blankets

 

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Perfect for outdoor feasts and teatime treats, these crisp wrapped sausages from the 2007 Diary are a popular choice with everyone.

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.


Savoury Muffins

 

Savoury Muffins

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 351 per portion
Fat 22g (11g sat) per portion

These fluffy muffins from 2007, flavoured with bacon and chives and served with a tomato butter, are perfect for elevenses when you fancy a savoury fix.

Ingredients

  • Rindless streaky bacon rashers 175g (6oz), chopped
  • Fine cornmeal 110g (4oz)
  • Plain flour 175g (6oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tbsp
  • Finely snipped chives 3 tbsp
  • Butter 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2, beaten
  • Milk 225ml (8fl oz)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes 40g (1½oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a dry frying pan, gently fry the bacon until lightly browned and crisp. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.
  3. Sift the cornmeal, flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, mix in 2 tablespoons of chives and the bacon, then make a well in the centre.
  4. Melt 75g (3oz) of the butter, mix with the eggs and milk, then pour into the flour. Mix gently, then spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 15–20 minutes until well risen, lightly browned and springy to touch.
  5. Meanwhile, blend the remaining butter with the tomatoes and the remaining chives. Serve with the warm muffins.

Cook’s tips. Unlike other bakes, muffins need only the minimum of mixing to get a light fluffy texture. Too much stirring and they will be heavy.


Crunchy Peanut Brittle

 

Crunchy Peanut Brittle

  • Servings: makes 425g (15oz)
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 72 per portion (15g/½oz)
Fat 3g (0.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarian

Crunchy and utterly moreish, this nutty brittle from the 2014 Diary, is wonderful served with a hot cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Golden syrup 75g (3oz)
  • Unsalted peanuts 175g (6oz)
  • Unsalted butter 15g (½oz)

Instructions

  1. Oil a baking sheet and fill a jug with boiling water.
  2. Put the sugar and golden syrup into a heavy-based pan and add 125ml (4fl oz) cold water. Heat gently, stirring continuously, until the sugar has completely dissolved, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with hot water.
  3. Add the peanuts to the sugar syrup and bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 7–10 minutes until the mixture turns a rich golden caramel colour.
  4. Immediately remove from the heat and add the butter. Do not stir, but mix into the caramel by tilting the pan. Quickly pour onto the oiled baking sheet. Leave to cool and set hard.
  5. When cold, break into pieces and store in a jar or tin, interleaved with non-stick baking paper.

Cook’s tips. Always keep a watchful eye when boiling sugar syrup. It can feel as though it is taking ages then it will suddenly begin to change colour around the edges then quickly darken all over.


Auntie Lou's Bread Pudding

 

Auntie Lou’s Bread Pudding

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

Moist and packed full of fruit, you can guarantee everyone will want a second square of this bread pud from the 2006 Diary.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Granulated sugar 25g (1oz) plus extra to sprinkle
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Butter 150g (5oz), melted
  • Black treacle 1–2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4.
  2. Grease a 23cm (9in) square shallow ovenproof dish.
  3. Soak the bread pieces in the milk in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients 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.

Cook’s tips. Bread pudding is one of those bakes meant to use up the leftovers, so if you don’t have quite enough of one ingredient, mix and match with what you do have.

 


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Celebrate St George’s Day

Celebrate St George's Day with this marvellous bread pudding recipe.

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Celebrate St George’s Day with this

clever Bread Pudding Recipe

When I commission a home economist to write recipes for the Dairy Diary they first supply me with a recipe ideas list. And oh what a treat!

This is one of my favourite elements of my job – choosing a final recipe selection from this list.

It’s never a good idea to read
through it before lunch though,
as it makes me ravenous.

I plan the recipes according to the season and to reflect any special events. That is why St George’s Day Bread Pudding caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect for this week in 2014.

However, I also felt a little baffled by its title. How was a bread pud related to St George’s Day? Obviously bread pudding is a very traditional recipe and it does originate here but that was the only link to St George I could discern. That is until I saw the pic (above).

How clever is that? It looks like lots of little St George’s Cross flags. And you won’t believe just how divine it tastes too. It’s actually ended up more like a bread and butter pudding, but who cares about that…..just enjoy it. I have and I will be enjoying it again this week to celebrate St George’s Day.

St George’s Day Bread Pudding

Mum’s bread pudding

A pair of blackbirds frequent our garden – enticed in by the ground feed and crumbled bread I put out for them no doubt.

They nested in the shrubs at the bottom of my neighbour’s garden earlier in the year and I think they may have another brood.

Haven’t seen the female for a few days, but then I haven’t seen the male popping into the bushes, beak full of tasty morsels, either! Maybe it’s just wishful thinking – hope the local moggies haven’t got her!

The birds do like the bread and it is a bit special – baked on the premises by an Italian baker about five minutes’ walk away.

How lucky is that! It’s wonderful fresh, so I tend to get a large loaf every two days (makes good toast on the second day), which means there’s often some left. I have been giving it to the birds but I’m wondering about making some bread pudding.

Bread pudding

Cherry Bread PuddingMy mother had the world’s best recipe, which she wrote down for me centuries ago and I now can’t find.

I haven’t thrown it away so it’s here somewhere and one day I’ll find it! Meantime I was flicking through my copy of Just One Pot and came across a recipe for Cherry Bread Puddings.

From the picture they look fantastic, so I’ll give them a go. Who knows, they man run my mum’s a close second!

Have a good week

Marion
Dairy Diary Team

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Spiced bread pudding

Looking for a healthy snack? Try this tasty twist on the traditional bread pudding.

Spiced bread Pudding

Spiced bread Pudding

Preparation time 25 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes
Makes 16 squares
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Wholemeal sliced bread 300g (11oz), cut into 2.5cm (1in) squares
Semi-skimmed milk 300ml (½pint)
Egg 1, beaten
Low fat margarine 75g (3oz)
Raisins 110g (4oz)
Sultanas 50g (2oz)
Brown sugar 110g (4oz)
Ground cinnamon 1 tbsp
Grated nutmeg 1 tbsp

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Grease a rectangular sandwich tin that measures approximately 23 x 20cm (9 x 8in).

2 Place the bread and milk in a large bowl and mix together. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then add all of the remaining ingredients and mix well. Press into the sandwich tin.

3 Bake for 30–35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool and then, when cool, turn out and cut into squares.

Cook’s tip
Replace the sultanas with other dried fruits, if you prefer – try blueberries, cranberries or cherries.

Recipe taken from the Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook

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