Easter Baking at Home

03 April, 2020

Not only a fun and rewarding activity to do as a family, baking can definitely be relaxing too. Just the thing to take a little break from our new, hectic schedules and as the Easter holidays are here again, now is the perfect time to get the kids involved and whip up a few treats to celebrate this special time.

Free from home lessons but faced with no fun places to go for the next couple of weeks, children are bound to feel a bit frustrated and need a creative outlet. Help them learn an important life skill and enjoy some bonding time together with this fantastic recipe for Easter Bunny’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes – a twist on the classic that’s ideal for smaller hands and tummies. Helped along by the delicious sweet flavours, the healthy fruit and veg even goes towards their five-a-day!

 

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What You’ll Need to Make 12 Tasty Cupcakes:

2 eggs
300g grated carrot
250g self-raising flour
200g soft brown sugar
150ml oil (vegetable or sunflower)
100g raisins
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp mixed spices
Bun cases

For the Icing:
300g icing sugar
150g softened butter
1-2 tbsp milk

Method:
1. Preheat your oven to 150°C.

2. Pour the oil into a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk until well-blended.

3. Add the grated carrot, raisins and brown sugar and mix well.

4. Sift in the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spices, and stir well to combine.

5. Put the bun cases into cupcake tins and evenly distribute the mixture between the cases with a spoon.

6. Pop the tray in the oven for 25-35 minutes. Keep checking them towards the end to make sure they don't burn. You can even put a skewer in to the middle to check, and it will come out clean if they’re cooked!

7. When fully cooked, place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool.

8. Whilst they’re cooling, place the butter, milk and icing sugar in a bowl and mix together well until you get a smooth butter cream mixture (this can take a while). You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you want coloured icing.

9. When the cupcakes are completely cooled, spread the icing on the top, and decorate with grated orange zest or fondant carrots (have a go at making these yourself if you want to practise your skills!)

 

Baking at Easter has been a popular tradition for centuries, to bring families together in celebration. And it’s fair to say that the humble Hot Cross Bun is a favourite with plenty of people (it’s definitely mine!) To spice things up a bit, I thought I’d give this seasonal classic a bit of a modern twist; the Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding is great for those who want to try something a little bit different.

 

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What You’ll Need to make Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding:
6 hot cross buns
3 eggs
60g of caster sugar
50g of butter, soft enough to spread
250ml of milk
150ml of double cream
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
1. Preheat your oven to 170°C and butter an ovenproof dish while it’s warming up.

2. Slice the hot cross buns in half, butter both sides of the bottom halves and then arrange in the dish.

3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and slowly pour half the mixture over the bottom halves, ensuring everything is well-covered.

4. Butter the top halves of the buns, place on top of the bottoms. Dot with a few bits of butter to make sure the tops don't get too dark.


5. Pour the rest of the mixture over the buns. Ideally leave to soak for about an hour but it’s fine if you don’t have the time.

6. Bake for about 45 minutes or until puffy and a rich dark brown colour.

 

For those who are hopeless at baking, or simply looking to relax with something a bit more restorative, don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you. Between ourselves, I’m more likely to be found with a cheeky tipple and enjoying something my partner has baked than in the kitchen myself – so I’ve included a recipe for a homemade Easter Buck’s Fizz. Perfect for a refreshing drink in the Spring sunshine!

 

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What You’ll Need to make Easter Buck's Fizz:

4oz Champagne, Prosecco or other sparkling wine.
1oz Carrot juice
1oz Orange juice
Carrot or orange for garnish

Method:
Simply pour them all into your favourite glass, decorate with the garnish, sit back and enjoy!

Enjoy, Charlotte x

 

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The Bella Perle Range... A Modern Classic.

11 September, 2017

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With the Bella Perle range finally recompleted – thanks to the arrival of the elusive Bella Perle breakfast bowls at last – we think it’s a perfect time to revisit our acclaimed range of award winning, elegant and beautiful glassware. Manufactured by one of the finest French glassware companies, with a stunning level of detail, this crystal clear range of incredible plates, bowls and more forms a stunning theme of gem-like beaded edging, superb quality and an impressive weight – durable enough for day to day use while maintaining the sheer beauty of a special occasion.

Acclaimed by celebrity chefs...Having been sighted with Nigella Lawson, Mary Berry, and across the national press – the Bella Perle range is Dibor’s finest pedigree.

The Bella Perle Range's unique beaded edging gifts an opulent, gem-like feeling of luxury and quality. Now that the kids are back to school, we’ve noticed a lot of you have started preparing for Christmas well in advance. Stockings are flying from our shelves – so perhaps it’s time to start looking into your festive tableware, too? With every bowl and plate you can set your table for the finest, opulent luxury without taking the risk of expensive breakages or busting the Christmas budget. It’s the finest way to give your dining table a unique, classical character, and sure to impress your guests. Even better, you can make enormous savings when buying in larger sets!

Of course, that’s not all. With its beautiful lines and jewelled design, this collection is ideal as a gift for family and friends, too. Perfect for a housewarming – and even better as a wedding gift – Bella Perle makes a great value, great quality purchase for your friends, too! With a cake stand and salad bowl also available, it’s little wonder it's reaching cupboards across Europe.

Fashionable, beautiful, and with a character all of its own, the Bella Perle range will bring true class to your table.We can’t promise it will stop family arguments, though…!

With Bella Perle, you can achieve a Christmas table to die for... provided the dinner is good, of course!

The Bella Perle Range - our finest, celebrity acclaimed classic. What could be better for a truly luxurious table?

Great Grilling Accessories from Dibor

18 August, 2017

It’s the middle of August – apparently! – And while our beautiful West Yorkshire Mill is still caught in rain showers, there are thousands up and down the country who are indulging the tradition of Barbecue Season in full vigour. The weekend is finally here, and many of you may still be completely unprepared. Our advice? Skip it this weekend, come to us, and get properly prepared! Thankfully, if there’s one thing we know at Dibor, it’s handy accessories for cooking – be it beautiful tableware or nifty tools – and we want to help your Barbecue be as good as it can possibly be.

The perfect way to cook a steak may be up for debate, and everyone’s grilling skills will always be questioned when they’re in charge of the Barbecue, but there’s nothing better than a set of tools to at least look the part! BBQ Tools Gift Set features an array of useful additions with ash wood handles – a glazing brush, fork, tongs, and a spatula. (Which even has a bottle opener built in!)

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All wrapped up in a durable canvas bag, this set of cooking utensils is bound to make life in front of the charcoal that little bit easier – we can’t promise it’ll improve the grill-cook’s skill, but it’ll add a little bit of professionalism!

Next you’ll need something for your napkins, condiments and dressings – and we can provide that too! This durable wooden crate features a strong, iron bottle opener built onto the side, and five compartments for bottles of sauces, dressing, packs of napkins and more.

With a durable wooden handle and a humorous ‘Barbecue Rules’ print, our BBQ Condiments Crate makes a fantastic gift, and can even be personalised with one of our exclusive, hand engraved leather tags, it’s a perfectly handy, tidy little addition to your Alfresco get togethers!

One of our favourites on offer is this fantastic Beer Bottle Holder! With its novel shape and strong wooden frame, this charming little gadget makes a great display to hold your beers while the food is cooking, and can be personalised too! It’s capable of holding six bottles of your favourite brew – perfect for the ale enthusiasts at your meet up.

Finally, there’s nothing more essential in the sun than a nice, cool cocktail – and we’ve got everything for a Mojito fuelled shindig! With napkins, a cool bag, a cocktail making kit and a wall mounted bottle opener on offer, this Bar Cubain Mojito Collection is an ideal way to kick off a colourful, sun-soaked celebration.

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And finally, because we want to make sure you impress guests with your cooking as much as your style, here's our resident BBQ expert's top tip...

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