Things are hectic at home with the school/nursery run and feeding a very hungry peachick on demand.. however I have managed a few baking sessions even if the recipes are not up here yet!
I figured I would post a few of my top dairy free cooking tips for my anniversary post along with a couple of photos of what we have been baking in the last couple of weeks!
1. Replace butter in baking recipes with either dairy free spread (same quantities) or vegetable oil (half the quantity).
2. Add calories & calcium wherever possible - dried fruit, nuts, seeds & oats in cakes, muffins, biscuits and bread all help and add extra flavour! Another advantage of adding lots of dried fruit is being able to add just a little less sugar in recipes if you want to.
3. Replace milk with oat milk but beware that it gets very runny when warm but will thicken as it cools so sauces may look a little runnier than you expect them. You probably don't need any extra cornflour to thicken they should do it as they cool down.
4. Oat milk, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract whisked together in a saucepan over gentle heat is an amazing hot chocolate!
5. Replace cheese on cottage pies/lasagnes etc with either stuffing mix or herby breadcrumbs(if you have a bit of time on your hands!). Blitz a couple of pieces of bread with some fresh or dried herbs and drizzle in olive oil until coated but not clumping together (couple of spoonfuls usually enough!) The breadcrumbs will freeze very well as does the crumble topping.
AND FINALLY... Experiment!
So I wanted to say thank you to all of you who have followed my little blog over the last year and I hope I have helped all of you with dairy/soya free little ones. Keep reading and let me know how the recipes work for you and if you have any requests!
Here are a few pics of what I've been baking recently.... (the chilli & mint chocolate fudge cake, vanilla & chocolate swirl biscuits and veggie spaghetti bake never got photographed as the camera battery was dead :( sorry! - I promise I will struggle and make them all again just for you lot!)
|My first ever attempt at a fatless sponge - Mint chocolate Swiss Roll|
You'd think i would have tried recipes without butter in before
but no... It never crossed my mind just to leave the dairy out!
|Ginger nut biscuits!|