When you take the butter, milk, and cream out of many popular desserts, what are you left with? Often, not much. Our hearts go out to all those who can’t stomach dairy, and over time we’ve accumulated a decent buffet from which non dairy-eaters can take all they can. In truth, many of our desserts can be tweaked to eliminate the dairy. In cookies, butter can be replaced with trans fat-free shortening. Crisco makes one, and we have had good results with Spectrum. In quickbreads and muffins, oil is an easy substitute. As for milks, experiment with different kinds of dairy free choices. For example, coconut can be lovely in cakes, since it has a high fat content, but if you don’t want the taste of coconut, it’s out. Almond milk is so low in calories that you’ll have to add an extra tablespoon or so of fat to achieve good results.
These ten dishes require no tweaks; they’re dairy-free and yummy just the way they are.
Update! I’ve got a new eCookbook out dedicated to delicious dairy-free sweets. You can buy A Baker’s Dairy-Free Dozen: Desserts for Every Sweet Day of the Year by clicking here.
2. Carrot Cake