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5 Favourite Easter Recipes

Easter gives us the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family and enjoy some quality time.

Try one or two of these delicious recipes – they’re sure to meet with your guests’ approval.

 

Baked Salmon recipe

Often informal gatherings are the best. Serve a couple of salads, some buttered new potatoes and this gorgeous salmon for an effortlessly delicious lunch.

Baked Salmon

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 465 per portion
Fat 35g (11g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Salmon fillets 4, each approx. 150g (5oz), skin removed
  • Lemon ½, juice only
  • Fresh dill 15g (½oz)
  • Butter 20g (¾oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cucumber ½, thinly sliced
  • White wine vinegar 2 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tsp
  • Chives 15g (½oz), finely snipped
  • Chopped watercress 2 tbsp, plus sprigs to garnish
  • Soft cheese 110g (4oz)
  • Light mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Steamed new potatoes to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with foil.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on the foil, drizzle with the lemon juice, sprinkle with a little torn dill, dot with the butter and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Enclose the salmon in the foil then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and is even in colour when pressed with a knife.
  4. Meanwhile, add the cucumber slices to a bowl with the vinegar, sugar and a little salt and pepper. Reserve a few more dill sprigs for garnish, chop the rest and add half to the cucumber and the remainder to a second bowl. Add half the chives to the cucumber and the rest to the second bowl. Gently toss the cucumber together and set aside.
  5. Add the chopped watercress, soft cheese and mayonnaise to the bowl of herbs and stir together until well mixed. Spoon into a serving bowl.
  6. Stir the cucumber once more then spoon onto a large shallow platter. Arrange the cooked salmon on top then garnish with the watercress sprigs. Serve with the sauce and new potatoes, if using.

Cook’s tips
Thick cut pieces of smoked cod loin could also be cooked in the same way in the foil then served with the sauce on a bed of stir-fried or microwaved spinach.

 

Lamb Crown Roast

This show-stopping lamb dish will be sure to impress on Easter Sunday.

Lamb Crown Roast

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 429 per portion
Fat 30g (13g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Racks of lamb 2, with 6–8 cutlets each
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Onion 1 large, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Celery 3 sticks, sliced
  • Dried apricots 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Dried cherries 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Pistachio nuts 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Fresh breadcrumbs 110g (4oz)
  • Chopped mint 3 tbsp
  • Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Steamed new potatoes and vegetables to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6.
  2. Bend the racks to form a crown, fat side inward, and secure with string.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and fry the onion, garlic and celery for about 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the chopped apricots, cherries, pistachios, breadcrumbs, mint, lemon zest and juice, egg and seasoning. Leave to cool slightly, then fill the crown centre.
  4. Weigh the filled crown, then transfer to a roasting tin, cover with foil and roast, allowing 15 minutes per 450g (1lb), plus 15 minutes. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before carving. Serve with new potatoes and a selection of vegetables, if you like.

Cook’s tip
To make gravy, transfer the lamb to a warm plate and keep hot. Pour off any fat to leave the juices then stir in 2 tbsp plain flour, cook briefly then stir in 300ml (½ pint) lamb stock, 150ml (¼ pint) dry white wine and 1 tsp Dijon mustard. Season, bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes then strain into a gravy boat and serve.

 

Strawberry Puffs recipe

A favourite of our Divisional Manager, this creamy pastries are a real treat.

Strawberry Puffs

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 40 minutes plus cooling
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Calories 356 per portion
Fat 25g (14g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 320g pack
  • Icing sugar 50g (2oz), plus 1 tbsp, plus extra to dust
  • Mascarpone 250g (9oz)
  • Fromage frais 200g (7oz)
  • Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
  • Strawberries 450g (1lb)
  • Caster sugar 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Roll out the pastry to about 36 x 23cm (14 x 9in), then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar. Cut into 16 equal-size rectangles. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and golden. Cut into two lengthways and leave to cool.
  3. Mix together the mascarpone, fromage frais, 50g (2oz) icing sugar and the lemon zest. Chop one third of the strawberries and stir into the mascarpone.
  4. Put the remaining strawberries in a food processor with the caster sugar and lemon juice and whizz to a purée, then sieve.
  5. Sandwich four pastries with three layers of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat to make eight puffs. Drizzle each serving plate with the strawberry coulis, add a strawberry puff, dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Cook’s tips
Vary the fruits depending on what’s in season; autumn blackberries with a little chopped fresh mint, or forced rhubarb mixed with frozen strawberries in early spring.

 

Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookAll of these recipes are taken from our iconic cookbook; Dairy Diary Favourites, which is available to buy here for just £8.25.

Use the code DDPR and you can get free P&P (a little Easter treat from us).

 

 

Simnel Cake recipe

A classic for Easter.

Simnel Cake

  • Servings: 11
  • Time: 30 mins prep, 2¼ hours cooking
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Calories 722 per portion
Fat 30g (13.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 250g (9oz), softened
  • Light muscovado sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 4
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Ground mixed spice 2 tsp
  • Ground almonds 50g (2oz)
  • Luxury dried mixed fruit 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest and 2 tbsp juice
  • White marzipan 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment.
    Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour along with each egg. Sift in the remaining flour, baking powder and spice and fold the almonds, dried fruit and lemon zest and juice into the mixture. Spoon half into the cake tin and smooth the surface level.
  2. Roll out one third of the marzipan until it’s a circle, just smaller than the cake tin, and lay it on top of the mixture in the tin. Spoon the remaining mixture over the top and level the surface.
  3. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 2–2¼ hours, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment if it starts to brown. When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool.
  4. Remove the cake from the tin and peel away the lining paper. Spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake. Place it on the cake and smooth down, taking care not to trap any air pockets underneath. Pinch around the edges.
  5. Divide the remaining marzipan into 11 pieces and roll each into a ball. Brush a little apricot glaze or jam onto the base of each and evenly space around the top of the cake. Place under a hot grill to brown the marzipan lightly. Remove from the grill and leave to cool before serving.

Cook’s tips
The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you have a choice of marzipan, choose white marzipan, which has a more natural flavour than golden marzipan.

 

 Chocolate Lolipos

Looking for something to make with little ones? These ‘sheepish’ chocolate lollies are great fun. 

 

Chocolate Lolipops

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 45 mins plus setting
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 231 per portion
Fat 12g (7.4g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • White chocolate 200g bar, chopped
  • Lollipop sticks 8
  • Giant chocolate buttons 10-11
  • White mini marshmallows 50g (2oz)
  • Black and pink gel food colour to decorate

Instructions

  1. 1 Using the base of a mug, draw eight circles on a sheet of baking paper. Turn over paper and weight each corner.
  2. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water.
  3. Spoon chocolate onto drawn circles. Place a lollipop stick onto each, turning once to coat. Place a button onto each circle near stick and snip remaining buttons into ear shapes and place one on each side of each button. Snip marshmallows in half with scissors and gently push into chocolate in concentric circles. Use gel to create eyes and mouth. Leave to set.

 

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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
  • Time: 60 mins
  • 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
  • Time: 60 mins
  • 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.

 

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

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