Non Dairy Desserts: Part One

If you are allergic to dairy you may think that chocolate milk, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and popsicles are gone forever. Well, I’m here to tell you to “chin up” there are many, many alternatives. Soy, rice, and almond come to the dairy lovers’ rescue.

CHOCOLATE MILKS

The company Taste the Dream™ has a sweet, thick, creamy texture and taste. Silk is your chocolate soy milk and Blue Diamond is the chocolate almond milk options. One good shake of the container, pour it into a glass, and you won’t even remember it is not cows’ milk.

HOMEMADE NON-DAIRY TREATS

You can still have milkshakes, sundaes, and pops.  Here’s how you do it within your very own kitchen.

photo courtesy of Flying Toaster

Take an ice cream maker and place it in the freezer overnight. Then, the next day, take rice or soy chocolate milk along with plain almond milk and whip it together in a large bowl. Now just a little FYI, it might not get as creamy and thick looking as dairy.

Pour the thickened mixture into the frozen ice cream maker and let machine do the rest of the stirring for you. Once it has a velvety consistency, put it in the freezer and leave it for at least two hours. Depending on how soft or hard you prefer your ice cream.

Now, here’s how you make chocolate ice popsicles. Take any shaped container, pour the “mock” chocolate milk in and place it in the freezer for approximately two hours. Then, you have an icicle. You can even make a vanilla, chocolate mixture pop by adding in vanilla rice or almond milk.

TOO GOOD TO WAIT FOR

I would try out any of these frozen treats even before the summer time rolled around. Believe me, they are that good!

And don’t forget to read Part Two!

“Put the Lime in the Coconut” Custard Pie Recipe

Another awesome recipe provided by The American Pie Council: “PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT” CUSTARD PIE
by Christine Fiedorowicz
2010 Custard Category
Serves 8-10

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
½ cup + 1TBSP shortening
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp water with 1 tsp vinegar

Filling:
1 14oz Can Condensed Milk
9oz cream of coconut
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs beaten

Topping:
4 oz Lime curd
½ cups shredded/flake coconut – sweetened

Put the Lime in the Coconut Pie. Photo courtesy of piecouncil.org

Directions:
Crust:
1. Mix flour and salt, cut shortening into flour mixture then add water/vinegar mixture.  Form into one disk and refrigerate.
2. Roll out into 9 in pie pan. Prebake crust at 425°F for 20 minutes.

Filling:
1. Blend eggs with rest of ingredients and pour into prebaked crust.
2. Bake at 300°F on bottom 3rd rack for about 1 hour

Let cool completely, spread lime curd over top and sprinkle toasted coconut over top. Chill in fridge for 2 hours.

Fruit Soup Recipe

In Scandinavian and Slavic countries, they make lovely creamy concoctions from fresh fruits. They make an excellent dessert, as they are both cold and sweet, but traditionally they were a first course, as a way to awakening the taste buds and giving the diners a preview of things to come.

Fruit soups are served in soup “plates”: shallow bowls that hold just about a cup, and generally have a wide flat edge.
This recipe goes back to Poland. It is made here with fresh peaches, but you can substitute tinned, if necessary. Fresh is definitely better.

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photo courtesy of ulterior epicure

Peach Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1. 2 pounds of fresh peaches or nectarines
2. 2 cups water
3. ¼ cup sugar
4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
5. the zest of one lemon
6. 1 teaspoon corn starch
7. 1 tablespoon cold water for garnish
8. sliced artisan bread with sunflower seeds
9. butter (to make croutons)
10. sour cream

Directions:

1. Peel, halve and pit the peaches. Reserve the pits (they give a lovely almond flavor. But do not eat them alone. They can be poisonous). Tie the pits in a piece of cheese cloth. They will be picked out later.

2. Put the peaches and the larger amount of water in a pot. Cook, partially covered, on a low boil for 20 minutes. Remove the cheesecloth with the pits and discard.

3. Using an immersion blender, puree the fruit, then add the sugar, lemon and zest. Return the the heat on medium to low, being careful not to allow it to scorch.

4. Mix the corn starch with a small amount of water. Add it gradually to the soup as it comes up to the boil. Once it is clear and thick, remove from the heat and cool. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

5. Just before serving, remove the crusts from two slices of artisan bread with sunflower seeds. Butter the bread liberally on both sides. Place the bread in a heavy skillet and fry on both sides, until it becomes crispy and golden. Cut the bread into small cubes.

6. Ladle into soup plates. In the center of each plate, put a large tablespoon full of sour cream. Use a toothpick to draw the sour cream out into pretty patterns. Place several of the croutons around the main dollop.

Tips:

  • You can do this same soup with apricots or cherries. It is not necessary to peel either of these fruits, but if you are using cherries, you may want to put the fruit through a food mill to remove the tougher skins.  Berries of most any variety may also be used.
  • You can also mix the  fruits up, like mango and peaches, or use different types of melons. Experiment, have fun with it.
  • If you do not have sufficient fresh fruit available, you can use canned fruit. Reserve the juice and use in place of the water and sugar. If using canned fruit in syrup, double the amount of lemon juice.
  • Just for fun, you can serve them in Margarita or martini glasses, and garnish with some fresh fruit.

Three Blind Mice Chocolate Cheese Pie Recipe

Award winning Recipe provided by the American Pie Council: 1st Place Crisco Classic Chocolate
Diane Selich, Vassar, MI

Crisco Pie Crust:
1 1/3 cup of flour
½ tsp salt
½  cup Crisco
3-4 TBS cold water

1. Combine flour and salt in a small mixing bowl.  Cut in Crisco forming a course mixture.  Add water a little at a time.  Work the dough into a ball.

2. Roll on floured board 1 and a half inches larger than your pie plate.  Pinch and trim the edges.

3. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.  Place foil in pie shell for 25 minutes, remove and bake another 5-8 minutes so the crust will be golden brown.  Cool before using.

Three Blind Mice Chocolate Cheese Pie
Three Blind Mice Chocolate Cheese Pie. photo courtesy of the American Pie Council
Brownie Layer
¼ cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg
¼ cup cocoa
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

1. In a small mixing bowl, blend the butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Add egg and beat together.  Combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture.  Spread in a greased pie plate.

2. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.  Cool and set aside.

Cheesecake Layer
4 ounces softened cream cheese
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup flour
1 tsp clear vanilla
1/3 cup whole milk

1. Blend cheese and sugar together.  Add milk and mix in the eggs.  Add sour cream, vanilla and flour.  Mix until smooth.

2. Pour into a greased pie plate and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

3. Cool- Remove from plate and place in the freezer to set before using.

Ganache
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Melt in a double boiler.  When chips are melted pour into and bowl and cool before using

2. In the baked pie shell, spread 4 tbs of ganache.  Add the brownie layer.  Spread 4 tbs of ganache over the brownie layer and add the cheesecake layer.  Set aside.

Chocolate Filling
2 cups of whole milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sifted cocoa
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter

1. On low heat place 1 cup of the milk with the sugar, vanilla and the butter.

2. In a mixing bowl add the other cup of milk with the egg, cornstarch and cocoa.  Whip until smooth.  Add slowly to the heated mixture stirring to prevent lumps.  Pour over the cheesecake layer.

3. Cool and top with 4 cups on whipped topping and chocolate curls.

Grilled Strawberry Sandwiches

Summertime means strawberries. Red, juicy, sweet with just a tiny bit of tartness, they are the queen of the May garden. We go to strawberry festivals, buy baskets of them at roadside stands, and even labor in the fields of the “pick your own” stands.

But once you have them, what do you do with them other than eat them with sugar, or pile them on a biscuit with whipped topping for strawberry shortcake? Sure, there are strawberry preserves to be made. Few of us do that any more. And there are chocolate covered strawberries. Those tend not to keep in the summer. What good are chocolate covered fruit when the chocolate runs off in the heat.

One thing you can do is Grilled Strawberry Sandwiches. Not exactly a sandwich, really, but they look like one, and they are easy to make.

Grilled Strawberry Sandwiches Recipe

To start, you have the option of buying a pound cake ready made, or you can make one, either from scratch or a mix. You can also make your own chocolate butter cream frosting, or buy it in a can. Buying is easier. Once you have that hurdle decided, you may proceed. Allow one “sandwich” for each serving.

photo courtesy of Dave Allen

Ingredients
You will need:

– Thinly sliced pound cake
– Strawberries, sliced
– Chocolate frosting
– Butter

Directions:
1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Put some butter in the pan.
2. Once it is melted, place the slices of cake in the butter, moving the slices around so they soak up any excess.
3. Watch the cake carefully, as the sugar content will make them burn easily. Once they are golden and crispy on the bottom, turn them onto plates.
4. Allow the cake to cool so you can handle them without burning your fingers. Cut each slice in half diagonally.
5. Spread chocolate frosting on each half. Arrange some sliced strawberries on top of the chocolate, piling them several layers thick.
6. Using two spoons, cut quenelles of chocolate frosting, and place one on top of each half. You may also place a quenelle of sour cream beside each half.

Serving options:
1. These can be served using ice cream in place of the frosting, or whipped topping can be spread on the bread, then topped with the berries, and chocolate syrup drizzled over them. Or you can make them, as above, and put a scoop of ice cream in between the two halves.

2. You can also serve these with ice cream and blackberries or raspberries. Chocolate doesn’t fare well with these two berries, but white chocolate does. Spread the grilled cake with ice cream, cover with berries, and drizzle it with white chocolate sauce.

No decent berries in season? No problem. Use tinned, drained peach slices. Peaches and chocolate go well together.

Use your imagination. Use what you have on hand. Use a spoon so you don’t miss any of the good stuff.

How to Make Your Own Baking Mix

You see about four or five different brands of baking mix in the stores. More if you count the pancake and waffle mixes. They are all pretty much the same: flour, leavening, shortening. Imagine if you could have this on hand all the time, and never have to think about going to the store to buy it? Imagine, too, if you could have it for about a quarter of the cost!

You will need one very large bowl to do this, and clean hands. No other tools are required other than some jars or bags for storage.

5 pounds of all purpose flour
– 2/3 cup baking powder
– 2 cups powdered (dry) milk
– 2 tbsp salt
– 2 pounds shortening. DO NOT USE BUTTER OR MARGERINE. Butter flavored shortening would work though.


Directions:

1. Mix together the dry ingredients.

2. Add the shortening, and begin to mix and squeeze with your hands until it is well mixed and the shortening pieces are no larger than peas. Do not over mix though, or it will turn into a giant wad.

3. Store in airtight jars or bags until needed. So long as it is kept at room temperature or below, it will pretty much keep forever. However, if you do not have air conditioning, it may be advisable to keep it in the refrigerator in summer.

This mix is good for almost everything! Here are some quick and easy recipes:

Biscuits

Ingredients

– 2 cups of your own baking mix (see above)
– 2/3 of a cup of water mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice
– 2 cups of Master Mix.

Directions: Knead lightly and cut out. Bake at 400°F / 205°C for about 20 minutes.

Cookies

For chocolate chip, use the following ingredients:

– 2 cups baking mix
– 2/3 cup brown sugar
– 1 cup chocolate chips
– 1 egg.

Directions:

1. Mix it up together and drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.

2. Bake at 350° / 176°C for 10 to 15 minutes.

The same standard goes for any other cookies. For sugar cookies, use granulated sugar. You can add half a cup of peanut butter, or use one cup Master Mix and one cup rolled oats for oatmeal cookies. Have fun with it.

Because this mix already contains milk, there is no need to add extra. You can make waffles, pancakes or dumplings by adding water and an egg.

Southern recipe for fruit dumplings

It is sort of like a cobbler, but made on top of the stove. This is a great dessert to make when Blackberries come in.

Ingredients:

– One quart of blackberries or strawberries; you can use fresh or canned fruit, depending on what you have at hand.
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 cups Master Mix
– 2/3 cup water
– 1 egg

Directions:

1. Put the berries and 1 cup of sugar in a large pot with a tight fitting lid place; alternatively, you can substitute a large can of sliced peaches in syrup for the berries and sugar.

2. Let set for about half an hour, or until the berries begin to make juice.

3. Turn the heat on low and allow them to cook. If there is insufficient juice to fully cover the fruit, add a little water. Once you are certain that they won’t burn, increase the heat no higher than medium and let it come barely to a boil.

4. Meanwhile, mix together:

– 2 cups Master Mix
– 2/3 cup water
– ½ cup sugar
– 1 egg

5. Once the fruit is boiling, drop the dumpling batter by spoonfuls over the top.

6. When all the dough is in the pot, put on the lid. Reduce the heat to medium low. Set the timer for 20 minutes and walk away.

7. After 20 minutes have elapsed, remove from the heat. Remove the lid and sprinkle a little sugar over the tops of the dumplings and put the lid back on.

8. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream. Yum!

How to Make Doughnuts at Home

Whether you crave a bit of sweetness or would like to enjoy an easy sweet treat project with your children, why don’t you consider making doughnuts? Homemade doughnuts are not only inexpensive and tasty to make, but also open the doors to many different possibilities. Below you will find a quick and easy recipe, as well as a handful of ways to sweeten your treats:

Super Easy Doughnuts

Ingredients

  • Tube of refrigerated biscuit dough
  • Powdered sugar
  • Oil

Directions

1. Open a tube of refrigerated biscuit dough (like Pillsbury) and separate. Lay the biscuits flat on a cookie sheet.

2. Cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit by using a small glass or cookie cutter. You can save the round doughnut centers to cook later as “doughnut holes.”

3. Heat oil in a pan over a medium high heat. Remember to use clean oil.

4. Add dough to the pan and cook – flipping over the doughnut when one side has become light brown in color. Allow the other side to cook. Do not overload the fryer – cook only three to four doughnuts at a time.

5. When doughnuts are a light golden brown color, remove from the pan – allowing excess oil to drip off.

6. If making sugar doughnuts, lightly press into a bowl filled with granulated sugar or powdered sugar. One of the easiest ways to coat a doughnut in sugar is to add a sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture to a paper lunch bag. Place a warm doughnut in the bag and shake.

Other ways to serve your homemade doughnuts is to:

  • Coat with melted chocolate (with or without sprinkles)
  • Dip in honey
  • Spread on a fruit glaze
  • Drizzle warm cake frosting or icing
  • Roll in chopped nuts after adding a glaze

Freeze Your Treats

Another advantage to making doughnuts at home is that they can be frozen for later enjoyment. For the best results, place unglazed donuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Thoroughly freeze, and then transfer to a Ziploc bag before returning to the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, heat the frozen doughnuts in an oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Ideas for Easy Peanut Butter Sweet Treats

From pie topped with whipped cream and chewy cookie bars, peanut butter is a popular flavor for many sweet treats. Depending on the recipe, you could wind up spending a great deal of time and money deciphering the instructions. If you like uncomplicated baking with easy-to-find ingredients, consider the following ideas that incorporate the likes of Jif, Skippy, or Peter Pan.

Peanut Butter Cake

A quick and easy way to make peanut butter cake is to use a package (around 18.25-ounces) of butter cake mix as your base. First, cream together ½ cup smooth peanut butter and ½ cup softened butter until they become light and fluffy. Add 4 large eggs (one at a time) – making sure to mix well after each addition. Add in the cake mix alternately with 2/3 cup of water. Stir the ingredients until they are combined.

Pour the batter into two prepared 9-inch round cake pans (greased and floured). Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 minutes on a wire rack. To further cool, turn out the pans onto the rack. Frost when completely cooled.

To make a peanut butter frosting, cream 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup softened butter until light and fluffy. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar. Slowly add in the milk until frosting is spreadable.

Ways to enhance a peanut butter cake recipe include:

  • Chocolate as an ingredient
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Chopped nuts as a topping

Peanut Butter Cookies

When you’re looking for an uncomplicated, traditional treat, peanut butter cookies are a favorite of all ages. To make about 2 dozen cookies, you will need 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature), 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

First, cream the butter for two minutes, and then add in the sugars. Cream the ingredients for 2 additional minutes. Mix in the peanut butter and egg. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt), and then stir into the creamed butter/sugar mixture. Wrap the dough in plastic and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into balls measuring 1 1/4 inches. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Use a fork to imprint the cookies with the signature crisscross pattern.  Bake the cookies until they turn light brown – about 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for one minute, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. If you prefer chewier cookies, bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Balls

Residents of Ohio know peanut butter balls all too well – nicknaming the treat “Buckeyes.” The recipe for this confection calls for basic ingredients to create quite a tempting treat. After mixing the ingredients together, you basically roll the treats into small balls, chill, and then dip in melted chocolate. Many say that the sweet treat resembles a homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. With a chocolate coating and creamy peanut butter filling, the texture of the candy slightly resembles fudge.

An example of ingredients used to make peanut butter balls includes 2 cups creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup unsalted butter (at room temperature), ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 2 to 2 ½ cups of confectioner’s sugar. The chocolate coating is usually made out of melted semisweet chocolate and shortening.