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Dairy Diary Favourites – was £8.25, now £4.12

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Recipe of the week: Pigs in Blankets, perfect for Bonfire Night!

Pigs in Blankets

 

Wrap these gorgeous little morsels in napkins and enjoy whilst huddled around the bonfire.

Stay safe folks.

Pigs in Blankets

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

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.

 

 


Dairy Diary Favourites cookbookDairy Diary Favourites

is available to buy for just £8.25 and showcases 100 of the top Dairy Diary recipes from the past 35 years.

But get in quick – they’re selling like hotcakes.

READ MORE

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week | Ham & Cheese Soufflé

Ham & Cheese Soufflé from Dairy Diary Favourites

This totally scrumptious soufflé from our new cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, is surprisingly easy to prepare.

Ham & Cheese Soufflé

  • Servings: 4 as a starter
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 560 per portion
Fat 38g (20g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz), plus extra for greasing
  • Fresh breadcrumbs 25g (1oz)
  • Plain flour 25g (1oz)
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sweet or hot paprika ½ tsp
  • Eggs 4 large, separated
  • Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz), grated, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Parmesan 25g (1oz), grated, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Snipped chives 3 tbsp
  • Ham 150g (5oz), cut into thin strips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Grease a 1-1.2 litre (1½-2 pint) soufflé dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the base and sides. Wrap the sides of the dish in double thickness non-stick baking paper to stand 4cm (1½in) above the top of the dish (tie with string).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour then the milk. Bring to the boil, whisking continuously. Season and add the paprika. Allow to cool a little then beat in the egg yolks. Fold in the cheeses, chives and ham.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then gently fold into the sauce. Pour the soufflé mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle with extra cheese.
  4. Place the dish on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes until well risen, golden brown and feels firm but springy to the touch. Serve immediately (remove the paper at the table).

Cook’s tip.
A soufflé always looks spectacular when taken out of the oven but they quickly lose volume so get your diners sitting at the table before you take it out of the oven. Adding a paper collar around the edge of the dish helps keep the height and stops the soufflé mixture over-spilling the dish during cooking.

 

Dairy Diary Favourites cookbookRecipe taken from the new Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook.

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Celebrating 35 years of fantastic customers!

Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook

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Celebrating 35 years of fantastic customers!

As a child, daily I watched my parents go out to work in jobs they hated. They rarely moaned but I knew they were unhappy in their work and just did what needed to be done to pay the bills.

I thought that this was what life was like as an adult and I didn’t particularly relish the prospect. So, when I found a job I loved (this one!) it came as a very pleasant surprise.

One of the main reasons that I love my job is
the support and loyalty we receive from our
customers. It is a delight to work on a product
that is enjoyed and cherished by so many.

I attended a conference last week held by one of our dairy customers and it talked about how much trust customers have in their milkman. It made me think about our consumers and the trust we have too. It’s a big responsibility to create a book that’s loved and trusted but year-after-year we are inundated with letters and phone calls of praise.

One of our customers even shared with us her love of diary keeping (and the Dairy Diary) in a Radio 4 Listening project. It’s a sad listen as Rachel has suffered devastating tragedy but she continues to document her daily life.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kf5zq

We also received a letter from a loyal purchaser who has had every single edition of the Dairy Diary since its inception but has never written in a single one as she loves them too much! She charmingly referred to them as her ‘old friends’.


 

Plus my family favourite recipe

Dairy Diary is 35 years old this year and we celebrate this with our new cookbook; Dairy Diary Favourites. It features 100 much-loved recipes, including at least one from every single edition.

I’ve struggled to choose my favourite as there are so many but this is one that is always a winner with my family – and it’s easier than you think!

 

Ham & Cheese Soufflé from Dairy Diary Favourites

Ham & Cheese Soufflé

  • Servings: 4 as a starter
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 560 per portion
Fat 38g (20g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz), plus extra for greasing
  • Fresh breadcrumbs 25g (1oz)
  • Plain flour 25g (1oz)
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sweet or hot paprika ½ tsp
  • Eggs 4 large, separated
  • Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz), grated, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Parmesan 25g (1oz), grated, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Snipped chives 3 tbsp
  • Ham 150g (5oz), cut into thin strips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5. Grease a 1-1.2 litre (1½-2 pint) soufflé dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the base and sides. Wrap the sides of the dish in double thickness non-stick baking paper to stand 4cm (1½in) above the top of the dish (tie with string).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour then the milk. Bring to the boil, whisking continuously. Season and add the paprika. Allow to cool a little then beat in the egg yolks. Fold in the cheeses, chives and ham.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then gently fold into the sauce. Pour the soufflé mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle with extra cheese.
  4. Place the dish on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes until well risen, golden brown and feels firm but springy to the touch. Serve immediately (remove the paper at the table).

Cook’s tip.
A soufflé always looks spectacular when taken out of the oven but they quickly lose volume so get your diners sitting at the table before you take it out of the oven. Adding a paper collar around the edge of the dish helps keep the height and stops the soufflé mixture over-spilling the dish during cooking.

 

To find out more about Dairy Diary Favourites, click here.

#delicious

#souffle

#dairydiaryfavourites

Home-Cooked Harvest

4 Crowd-Pleasing Treats

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4 Crowd-Pleasing Treats

You know the story too well – harvest looms ahead and you scrabble around the cupboards looking for some tinned goods to donate to the local church/school/community group.

This year, why not break the mould and wrap something homemade and delicious to donate to the older members of your community. Or bake some delicious morsels to sell and raise money for a local charity?

Take inspiration from the brand new 2017 Dairy Diary and the recently released Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook. Here’s a selection of scrumptious bakes as a taster of what the books have to offer.


Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Streaky bacon 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, chopped
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), softened
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or 16cm (6in) cake tin.
  2. Dry fry bacon in a frying pan for 2 minutes, then add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. In a jug mix milk with egg and herbs and season. Add to dry ingredients with bacon mixture and mix together. Spoon into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a rack.


Coffee Battenburg

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 633 per portion
Fat 28g (12g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 175g (6oz)
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Coffee essence 4 tsp
  • Milk 1 tbsp
  • Ginger marmalade 10 tbsp
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • Marzipan 450g (1lb)
  • Crystallised ginger 2 pieces, roughly chopped, to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm (8in) square cake tin. Line the tin with foil, making a pleat in the centre to the height of the tin (supported with cardboard) to divide in half; grease the foil.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and flour alternately until smooth. Transfer half the mixture to another bowl. Fold coffee essence into one half and milk into the other half.
  3. Spoon the coffee-flavoured mixture into one side of the tin and the plain mixture into the other side. Bake for 30–35 minutes until risen and firm to the touch, then turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  4. Trim the cakes to the same size and cut both in half lengthways. Spread the side of one brown piece of cake with marmalade and gently push together with a plain piece. Brush more marmalade on top of both and place the remaining brown piece on the plain piece and vice versa.
  5. Dust a sheet of non-stick baking paper with sifted icing sugar and roll out the marzipan until large enough to wrap around the cake. Spread the marzipan with marmalade and carefully roll around the cake, smoothing in place. Trim off excess marzipan then crimp along the edges. Decorate with crystallised ginger, if using.

Cook’s tips
For a traditional coloured Battenburg cake, colour half the cake mixture with a little pink food colouring then sandwich the strips of cake together with a little sieved strawberry jam before wrapping in marzipan.


Oatie Melting Moments

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Vanilla extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Rolled oats 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
  4. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Orange Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 434 per portion
Fat 23g (14g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 225g (8oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 275g (10oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Oranges 1½ large, finely grated zest and juice
  • Marmalade 3 tbsp
  • Clotted cream 110g (4oz)
  • Icing sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Sugar flowers to decorate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4 and grease two 20cm (8in) diameter sandwich tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy and then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in with the orange zest and half the juice.
  3. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Spread one cake with marmalade and then spoon over the cream. Top with the other cake.
  5. Make the icing by beating the remaining orange juice, a little at a time, into the icing sugar to give a thick spreadable icing. Spread over the cake and decorate with sugar flowers.

Cook’s tips
This cake has been sandwiched with clotted cream but 150ml (¼ pint) double cream could also be used. Whip until the cream forms soft swirls then spoon over the marmalade spread cake and top with the second cake or serve with just the marmalade filling if preferred.


 

The legendary Dairy Diary is priced at just £7.99 and Dairy Diary Favourites cookbook £8.25 – to find out more and/or to order your copy click here.

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Competition | Win one of 10 Dairy Diary & Cookbook packages

Win one of 10 Dairy Diary & Cookbook packages

Win one of 10 Dairy Diary & Cookbook packages

Dairy Diary is offering you the chance to win one of 10 Dairy Diary and Just For One Or Two cookbook packages.

Enter


 

Dairy Diary 2016

Dairy Diary 2016 with lots of writing spaceBritain’s best-selling home diary provides day-to-day inspiration and practical information at your fingertips and all faster to access than any mobile device!

  • Clear week-to-view 2016 diary
  • Easy-to-prepare inspirational recipes
  • Essential kitchen and home information
  • Budgeting, conversions, addresses,
  • and lots more…

That’s why it’s Britain’s favourite.


 

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