3 must-try festive recipes from Dairy Diary

3 must-try festive recipes from Dairy Diary

While your roast may be the centrepiece of your Christmas celebrations, it’s often the little things that make festive feasting extra special. Our friends at Dairy Diary are here to bring a touch of magic to your Christmas banquets with a selection of delicious side dish recipes.

Narrowing it down to just three recipes was no easy feat, but these fruity punch, snowy festive fir trees, and balsamic honey roasted sprouts recipes cover both sweet and savoury preferences and offer a unique twist to classic Christmas dishes!

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Read on for the full recipes and order everything you need to make it a Christmas to remember from our Best of Local collection here.


Fruity punch

Get your taste buds tingling with this tantalising homemade fruit punch. With grape and cranberry juices, cinnamon, mixed spice, cranberry and blood orange tea bags, clementine and cranberries, this punch packs some of the most festive ingredients. It’s best served warm in a large punch bowl for your guests to help themselves to!



  • Red Grape drink 750ml bottle
  • Cranberry juice 300ml (½ pint)
  • Cinnamon stick 1, halved
  • Ground mixed spice ½ tsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tbsp or to taste
  • Cranberry and blood orange tea 2 tea bags
  • Clementine or satsuma 1, peeled and segmented
  • Cranberries 50g (2oz)



  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and slowly warm through, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Bring up to boil, then simmer very gently for 5 minutes, to soften cranberries.
  3. Carefully remove tea bags. Pour into heatproof glasses and serve warm.


Snowy festive fir trees

Dairy Diary has pulled out all the stops to bring you these mince pies with a twist. These fir tree-shaped treats are perfect for getting crafty with little and big ones alike in the run up to Christmas – just make sure you leave one out for Santa!



  • Ready-rolled puff pastry sheet 320g pack
  • Milk 2 tsp
  • Mincemeat 275g (10oz)
  • Flaked almonds 2 tbsp
  • Icing sugar 75g (3oz), plus extra for dusting
  • Lemon juice 2 tsp



  1. Unroll pastry and cut in half lengthways. Cut 9 triangles per step, each 7cm (3in) across bottom and about 12cm (5in) at sides. Reserve trimmings. Arrange triangles on 2 baking trays lined with baking paper. Score a line around triangles to make a thing border. Cut small squares out of leftover pastry and press onto base of each triangle for a trunk. Brush border and trunk with milk. Chill. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6.
  2. Spoon a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat on each triangle. Carefully spread inside border. Scatter almonds over. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp and golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  3. Mix 75g (3oz) icing sugar with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon water. Drizzle icing at pointed end of trees and a little further down to look like snow. When set, dust with icing sugar.


Cook’s Tips

Prepare one tray of trees and bake them while you prepare the other tray. If the mincemeat slides off trees while baking, quickly pile it back on as soon as you take them out of the oven. These will keep for three days in an airtight container.

Balsamic honey roasted sprouts

Take your Brussels sprouts to the next level with this gorgeous glazed balsamic and honey roasted sprouts recipe. Apple and honey combine with red onion, pancetta, sage leaves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a delicious blend of sweet and savoury when tossed with the sprouts. Order sprouts and other fresh essential Christmas veg here.



  • Brussels sprouts 450g (1lb), trimmed
  • Eating apples 2, cored and cut into thick wedges
  • Red onion 1, peeled and thickly sliced
  • Pancetta or thick smoked bacon 110g (4oz), thickly sliced
  • Fresh sage leaves 8
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp
  • Runny honey 1 tbsp
  • Roast meat and vegetables to serve (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add sprouts and cook for 1 minute. Drain and rise under cold running water to cool. Drain again. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in apples, onion, pancetta or bacon and sage. Shake oil, vinegar and honey in a jar to combine, then pour over the bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Spread mixture over the lined tray, season and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for a further 20 minutes until tender. Discard sage and serve immediately to accompany roast meats and other vegetables, if you like.


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Have these recipes got you excited for festive feasting? With a range packed full of delightful treats, we’ll be delivering Christmas food right up until Christmas Eve, in line with your usual delivery. Book your Christmas delivery today to secure a slot and let us bring all the joy and magic of Christmas straight to your door, without the hassle. 

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