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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Pudding

 

Christmas Pudding

Stir-Up Sunday & the Christmas Pudding Recipe from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery

As tomorrow is Stir-Up Sunday; the traditional day on which to make your Christmas Pud, I’m sharing our favourite recipe.

It’s taken from our iconic cookbook – the Dairy Book of Home Cookery, which has been a kitchen bible since the 60s and is still one of our best-sellers today.

RECIPE

 


 

 

Dairy Book of Home Cookery

 

The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

If your copy is getting a little tatty, or you want to order a copy for someone for a Christmas treat visit our website.

You won’t regret it – it’s the cookbook everyone needs!

 


 

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The reverse advent calendar… why you should try it!

Reverse Advent Box

Advent calendar with a difference that makes a difference

Feeling guilty after a moment of extravagance on an M&S beauty advent calendar for myself, I stumbled across this fantastic initiative; the reverse advent calendar.

 


The Reverse Advent Calendar

Rather than getting a treat each day, you make a donation suitable for your local food bank instead. And you can start this calendar right now, by each day placing a food or hygiene product in a box for the next 25 days. You then deliver the box to your local food bank.

The donations should be tinned
or packet foods with a reasonable
shelf-life and/or toiletries and
household items.

Where to take your donation
Visit www.trusselltrust.org to find out where your local food bank is based. There are often drop-off points in supermarkets too.

We began our family box on Saturday. I hope you can spare a few items too.

No-one should go hungry, and especially not at Christmas.

 


 

 

Dairy Diary 2018 now available

 

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Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Latte Trifles

gingerbread-latte-trifle

If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary, it’s divine.

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

 

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10 Christmas traditions old and new

Make Christmas even more magical with 10 traditions old and new

When it comes to tradition, it’s lovely to echo previous generations but it can also be really special to create your own, new, rituals.

Here, I share my favourite traditions for a really magical Christmas.

 

Christmas traditions

1 Take an evening drive to see the festive lights in your locality. Towns and villages often adorn the streets with lights and some people really go to town with their own houses. Pretty or gaudy, it’s always great fun. If you have little children it’s especially exciting to don dressing gowns and venture out after dark.

2 Decorate with what you have. There’s no need to spend a fortune on shop-bought creations, making your own (and re-discovering funny little child-made decs from years gone by) is so special. We love to create simple paper chains and I adorn a very cheap wreath with fir cones and conkers collected in autumn, and with orange slices dried in the oven. A simple ribbon finishes the look and the result looks much more expensive that it actually is!

 

Christmas traditions

3 Help others. A gift that means a lot to someone is your time. Make a voucher for an evening of babysitting for a young family, or a home-cooked meal for an elderly neighbour. Think about what may make a difference to someone you know.

4 Only use cash to pay for Christmas. Don’t get into debt; set up a monthly standing order to go into a savings account and use only this money for food and presents.

 

Christmas traditions

5 Recycle the previous year’s Christmas cards. Make into tags by cutting out with pinking shears, punching with a hole and threading with ribbon.

6 Hang stockings on Christmas Eve and fill with inexpensive treats. Until very recently my parents still gave me stocking! But now my own children use the same threadbare reindeer sock. Opening these tiny gifts, collected throughout the year, is my favourite part of the big day.

 

Christmas traditions

7 Dress up! Put on your favourite dress, wear some glamorous jewellery and do your hair.

8 Eat what you love! Just because it’s ‘traditional’, you don’t HAVE to eat it. After all, Christmas is about enjoying yourself. If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding like us then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary (see below), it’s divine.

 

Christmas traditions

9 Enjoy time together. Play board games or do crafts together, and swap stories, this family time is precious.

10 Write proper thank you notes and send them in the post. It’s so much nicer than a text.

 

 


 

gingerbread-latte-trifle

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

Dairy Diary 2017The Dairy Diary is still available to purchase –
and makes the perfect gift!

Click here to find out more.

 

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Competitions | Last chance to enter!

Win an M&S Giftcard worth £350

Don’t miss your last chance to win an M&S Giftcard loaded with £350!

Dairy Diary is offering you the chance to win an M&S Giftcard worth £350!

The giftcard can used at M&S stores and online too.

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Win this Christmas Cheese Set

To win this must-have cheese set you have to enter today!

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win this cheeseboard, platters and knives set for Christmas!

Non-Stick Cheese Knife Set
Round Slate Cheese Board
6 Mini Slate Platters

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Gifts from £7.99!

Last minute presents? You can still order for Christmas!

 

Yes, you can still delight family and friends with our selection of must-have gifts starting at just £7.99!

But hurry, the last day for ordering with Christmas delivery is Sunday 18 December.

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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

Not just for mince pies, here mincemeat is mixed with cake mixture and baked in a muffin tin to make these adorable little cakes – ideal for everyone, young and old.

Click here to read the recipe.

Christmas Mincemeat Cakes recipe

 


 

Dairy Diary 2017

This recipe is one of the weekly recipes that feature in the 2017 Dairy Diary.

Britain’s best-loved diary is both practical and pretty, and is the perfect choice for planning your busy life.

  • Clear week-to-view A5 2017 diary
  • Easy-to-prepare inspirational recipes
  • Essential kitchen and home information
  • Budgeting, conversions, addresses, etc.

Great value at just £7.99

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