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Forget Blue Monday – make today a peach one!

Today is supposed to be the gloomiest day of the year.

But let’s not dwell on that.

Yes, we’re all trying to ‘be good’ after Christmas, but just for today why not bake a yummy treat and take it to work or to a neighbour or a friend?

Share a slice of this scrummy Peachy Lemon Cake and have a chat with someone who you think may need a little cheering up.

Some kind words (and cake), can make all the difference….

This recipe is taken from the 2018 Dairy Diary, which is still available to purchase here.

 

Peachy Lemon Cake

 

Peachy Lemon Cake

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 285 per portion
Fat 17g (10g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Golden caster sugar 150g (5oz) plus extra for sprinkling
  • Lemons 2, finely grated zest only
  • Eggs 3 large
  • Plain flour 150g (5oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Plain yogurt 4 tbsp
  • Peaches 3, stoned and each cut into 8 wedges
  • Plain yogurt or crème fraîche to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a 23cm (9in) cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs then sift in flour and baking powder. Gently stir in yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and scatter peach wedges randomly on top, pressing them in a little. Bake for 1 hour until risen and golden. 4 Cool in tin for 10 minutes then cool on a rack. Refrigerate. 5 Sprinkle with sugar and serve with yogurt or crème fraîche.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Frosty Top Lemon Loaf

This light and zesty cake has a gorgeous crunchy topping.

It’s absolutely gorgeous!

 

Frosty Lemon Cake

Frosty Top Lemon Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 136 per portion
Fat 6g (2.9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • Butter 50g (2oz), at room temperature
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Self-raising flour 75g (3oz)
  • Ground almonds 25g (1oz)
  • Egg 1 Lemon ½, grated zest only
  • For the topping
  • Lemon ½, juice only
  • Granulated sugar 50g (2oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, then strip line and grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin with non-stick baking paper or use silicone bakeware.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the cake ingredients until smoothly blended. Spread the mixture in the tin and bake for 35 minutes until just firm to the touch.
  3. For the topping, mix the lemon juice with the sugar and spoon it evenly over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Leave in the tin to cool for at least 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Slice for serving.

Cook’s tip
Leave out the lemon zest and topping but add 50g (2oz) dried fruit to the mixture and sprinkle the top with 25g (1oz) chopped hazelnuts before baking.

 


 

Recipe taken from the fabulous Cooking For One Or Two cookbook.

 

Recipe of the Week: Decadent Red Velvet Cake

This recipe needs specialist cake decorator’s food colouring, but wow is it worth it!

What a showstopper! And perfect for Mothering Sunday.

P.S. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward this evening.

 

 

Decadent Red Velvet Cake

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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Peek Behind the Scenes of the Dairy Diary

Dairy Diary photography

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Peek Behind the Scenes of the Dairy Diary

This week we have a special guest blogger writing for us.

Let me introduce to you Leah Figiel.

Emily & Leah

Emily & Leah

Hi, I’m Leah.

For my work experience; I booked a placement for two weeks working with the Dairy Diary. I wanted to see the ins and outs of publishing and what they expect – for it relates to something that I’d like to do as a future career.

On one day, I had the privilege to be involved in a food photoshoot for the Dairy Diary in London; working with photographer Steve Lee, food stylist Sara Lewis and assistant Doug (not forgetting the two ADORABLE dogs – Dusk and Gypsy!). They all did an exceptional job of capturing the yumminess of the recipes in the future Dairy Diary…

When we arrived at Topham Studios. Steve kindly explained to me clearly what he was photographing, and the importance of the equipment used to shoot the recipes. Emily and I then had a sneak-peek at all of the props that Olivia Wardle had artfully constructed. We went downstairs to the prop room to make some final adjustments for the shoot.

I had no clue of how much prep
was needed to just take pictures
of seven (delicious) dishes

My love for colour schemes and detailed, quirky items were expressed in this very emporium. Naturally, I could’ve spent hours in what seemed to be as an Aladdin’s Cave – but we had important work to do. To the studio we returned: armed with props to fully accentuate the magic of what Sara had crafted.

After hours of tweaking, photographing, fussing the dogs and ‘testing’ out each recipe to see just how tasty they were – seven recipes were ready.

My time at the studios taught me that presentation is key – and that you must always keep the consumers in mind. Although the work done in that day was very essential to the whole idea of the diary, which meant that we had to create each shot perfectly – I thoroughly enjoyed it, not even realising that a full day had been reserved for the project. Time flies when you’re having fun: doesn’t it?


 

And Leah’s favourite recipe from the Dairy Diary? Here it is:

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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Top 3 Easter Recipes of all Time

Woohoo it’s the lovely long Easter weekend coming up

Now is the perfect time to gather together, have a giggle and, of course, eat something rather delicious.

In preparation, I have been looking back through our diaries and cookbooks to find the three best Easter recipes. And here they are.

Enjoy everyone and happy Easter!

 


Lamb Apricot Stuffing

Roast Lamb with Apricots

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 499 per portion
Fat 24g (11.3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Leg of lamb 1.8kg (4lb), or shoulder, boned out
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Spinach leaves 110g (4oz)
  • Ready-to-eat dried apricots 175g (6oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Breadcrumbs 75g (3oz)
  • Chopped mint 2 tbsp fresh or 1–2 tsp dried
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Olive oil
  • Lamb or vegetable stock 300ml (1⁄2 pint)
  • Port 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
  • Cornflour or gravy granules
  • Mint sprigs to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Flatten the lamb as best you can, check for tough tendons or bones and remove them. Season well. Wash the spinach leaves and then put them in a large pan over a fairly high heat and let them wilt down for a minute. Cut out thick stalks. Arrange half the leaves to cover the inside of the lamb.
  2. To make the stuffing, in a bowl mix the chopped apricots, onion, breadcrumbs, mint and just enough egg to make a light stuffing. Spread the mixture over the spinach layer on the lamb then cover with the rest of the spinach leaves. Roll it up, securing with string.
  3. Put the stuffed lamb in a roasting tin, sprinkle with a little oil and seasoning. Cover with foil and cook for 90 minutes. Remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes to brown the meat. Leave to stand, wrapped in the foil, for 10 minutes before carving.
  4. Bring the lamb stock and port to the boil in a saucepan and reduce it by a third. Add any meat juices from the roasting tin without adding too much fat. Thicken with cornflour or gravy granules. Serve with roast potatoes and parsnips together with some green vegetables and mint sprigs to garnish.


Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding

Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 615 per portion
Fat 42g (23.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Hot cross buns 6 large, each sliced into 3 horizontally
  • Butter 50g (2oz), softened
  • Apricot jam 175g (6oz)
  • Double cream 300ml (½ pint)
  • Milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Golden caster sugar 2-3 tbsp
  • Eggs 4, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Spread each slice of bun with butter and jam. Sandwich buns together and cut in half along the diagonal.
  2. Butter a 1.7 litre (3 pint) ovenproof dish. Arrange bun triangles neatly in the dish.
  3. Pour cream, milk and sugar (if buns are very sweet, use 2 tbsp) into a large saucepan and bring slowly to scalding point, stirring often; do not allow to boil.
  4. Pour hot cream onto eggs in a slow and steady stream, whisking constantly. Strain and pour over buns. Leave to soak for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 190°C(170°fan)/375°F/Gas 5. Place pudding into a larger ovenproof dish containing enough water to come halfway up sides of dish and bake for
    35-40 minutes or until just set and golden. Serve warm.


 

Mocha Easter Cake

Mocha Easter Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 657 per portion
Fat 39g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 250g (9oz), cut into small pieces and softened
  • Caster sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 4 large, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 250g (9oz)
  • Baking powder ½ tsp
  • Coffee essence 2 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate 350g (12oz), broken into small pieces
  • Soured cream 284ml tub
  • Mini Easter eggs to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Grease and lightly flour a 20cm (8in) round cake tin. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put butter, caster sugar and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Sift in self-raising flour and baking powder, then beat well, until smooth. Spoon half the mixture into another bowl and add coffee essence. Stir well.
  3. Fill cake tin with alternate spoonfuls of both cake mixtures, then swirl a skewer through mixture to create a marbled effect.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes–1 hour, or until well risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Put chocolate into a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and stir until melted.
  6. Add soured cream and stir it in with a wire whisk. Using a palette knife, quickly spread and swirl warm icing over cake. Leave to set at room temperature and decorate with mini Easter eggs.


 

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