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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 30th Nov 15, 8:02 AM
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    Dairy-free goodies for Christmas
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    Dairy-free goodies for Christmas 30th Nov 15 at 8:02 AM
    Hi I was talking to my DGS Ben's girlfriend Katie yesterday and she is a lovely lass, but unfortunately has a great allergy to milk and dairy products .
    I was wondering if there are any recipes from you lovely folk on here who are perhaps in the same position that I could use to make some Christmas goodies for her.She loves mince pies and all the normal stuff we would eat but sadly can't eat as her allergy has become stronger over the past year or so. Any thought you wonderful people I'm sure there are others who are in the same boat

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    • Greyhound9
    • By Greyhound9 30th Nov 15, 8:18 AM
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    I recently found some dairy and gluten free mince pies in Waitrose. They're not cheap but very tasty. I don't know if they were from the free from section, but in a red box and a pack of 4. Otherwise you could make your own using jus roll pastry I think the shortcrust one in the fridge is dairy free (just check though). I'm vegan by the way. Many mince meats are dairy free too.
    • Justamum
    • By Justamum 30th Nov 15, 8:37 AM
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    As far as I know the Iceland mince pies in the blue box (12 in a box) are vegan. Most bought mincemeats are vegan. You can make pastry using Pure vegan margarine and Trex as a substitute for the lard if you want to make your own pastry, or buy Jusrol as Greyhound says.

    I've bought a Duchy Organics Christmas pudding this year as a treat this year which is vegan. Normally I get the Waitrose Cider and Sherry one. It's only DH and I who eat Christmas pudding (for some odd reason my children don't like dried fruit!) so I can't be bothered making one for two of us. There's also a Waitrose Cider and Rum Free From Christmas pudding which appears to be vegan.

    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 30th Nov 15, 8:41 AM
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    Morning JACKIE my youngest DD was dairy food allergic until she was 7 and I found the only way to ensure she stayed well was to read every ingredients label on every pre made product I bought, time consuming and you have to know all the 'dairy words' that manufacturers use to list dairy products.

    I don't know if you have a copy but the Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall 'LIGHT AND EASY' cookery book is completely dairy free and wheat free and has some very yummy recipes including coconut macaroons, ultra choc brownies, chocolate and nut spread, cherry chocolates, cashew cream, hazelnut chocolate cake, banoffee split, along with a full range ofbreakfasts, main meals, desserts and baking recipes. Your library might have a copy to borrow or you might find a copy in somewhere like The Wor*s. Hope that's some use, Lyn xxx.
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    • nuatha
    • By nuatha 30th Nov 15, 8:54 AM
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    As others have said, sweetmince is generally dairy free (I haven't come across one containing dairy in a while, except one luxury one a couple of years ago containing chocolate). The best ever mince pie pastry recipe floating around here is dairy free (and delicious).
    Mashed potatoes don't need butter and milk to be creamy (if you need to add some fat, then Vitalite works, tastes buttery but is diary free. Custard or brandy sauce can be made with soya milk (Birds Custard Powder is dairy free - not the instant) There are soya and nut cream substitutes - they tend to be pricey and an acquired taste, but if she already uses them get the brand she uses.

    General baking can be made diary free (Stork block margarine generally works well instead of butter) Stork or Trex make very acceptable buttercream substitutes (I was an adult before I realised that buttercream was supposedly made from butter).

    Are there any things in particular that you would like for Katie? I'm fairly sure we could come up with recipes (or even shop bought versions). Incidentally, on the later, at the other end of the scale from the puds mentioned, Sainsburys' Essentials Christmas Pud is vegan (and works beautifully with Swedish Glace, a vegan ice cream substitute)
    • Maitane
    • By Maitane 30th Nov 15, 10:19 AM
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    Hi Jackie,

    If these links are any good to you, there's quite a few good recipes. From my memory of the Daily posts and helping those new to meal planning, you're quite a skilled cook so shouldn't find any of these an issue:

    You will find that a lot of dairy free recipes are also gluten free. It's fairly common for Coeliacs to have problems with dairy as well as gluten. When I was diagnosed and told to avoid dairy until we were sure it was safe, we found that swapping fats was the bulk of the work.

    Where butter is used, try marg or even coconut oil. We found the Alpro soya cream (near the UHT milk) a real help and still use it now as it's great to have in the store cupboard and lasts a while.
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    • By THIRZAH 30th Nov 15, 11:44 AM
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    There's a gluten/dairy free/vegetarian cookbook by Ella Woodward-it's called "Deliciously Ella" . She also has a blog with the same name .
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 30th Nov 15, 11:52 AM
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    We use vitalite or Pure for fat in baking or you can use coconut oil which is solid or of course lard.
    For milk you can substitute soy milk or almond milk.
    Various lactose free items actually have whey in them and so are not dairy free at all, just lactose free(she couldn't have those).
    Custard can be made with substitute milks too.
    There are quite a lot of Dairy free chocolate bars if you want to add chocolate to things and ordinary cocoa powder has no dairy in.
    Some gravy powders have whey or milk in but not all. Its worth taking your reading glasses along when shopping and checking the labels.
    There are some good dairy free ice-cream recipes on instructables dot com.
    • jemb
    • By jemb 30th Nov 15, 1:26 PM
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    I'm lactose intolerant and most things are substitutable for me. We use vitalite for butter, and lactofree (although almond milk is meant to be good). Alpro do a cream which is ok too.
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    • AnniMag
    • By AnniMag 30th Nov 15, 1:38 PM
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    Hi Jackie I have been making this fruit cake since 2004 !It keeps for months and improves over time.You can vary the fruit and I use amaretto to soak the fruit.We keep it as a cut and come again cake and always have one on the go .It freezes as well
    • Justamum
    • By Justamum 30th Nov 15, 1:48 PM
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    Hi Jackie I have been making this fruit cake since 2004 !It keeps for months and improves over time.You can vary the fruit and I use amaretto to soak the fruit.We keep it as a cut and come again cake and always have one on the go .It freezes as well
    Originally posted by AnniMag
    That sounds lovely. I think I might make one this week.

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 30th Nov 15, 3:50 PM
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    Wow, just signed in and as usual am so pleased at the responses. I shall have a look for the HFW book in the works and maybe treat her to it for Christmas. She is such a sweet young lass, and adores my DGS Ben which makes her a pretty special young lady.

    I shall sort out a few of the recipes as well as she will be coming to our Christmas Day evening family 'do' at my eldest DDs house.

    She is flying off to South Africa on Boxing Night to visit her Grandpa and perhaps I'll be able to give her a cake to take with her perhaps as a present .

    DGS Ben will be a lost soul while she is away bless him,perhaps I shall teach him a few recipes for him to cook for her when she comes home. You certainly have given me lots of really useful answers
    Thank you chums
    JackieO xxx
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    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 30th Nov 15, 4:47 PM
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    Just to return to mince pies, many of the shop bought ones are dairy free, though don't make a feature of it, but it's easy to check now that items such as dairy are listed in bold by most manufacturers.

    So far I've found non dairy mince pies in Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons. For some reason all the pies at Tesco and Sainsbury seem to include dairy this year. I haven't bothered looking in M&S as they seem to shove dairy and butter in almost everything!
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 30th Nov 15, 5:01 PM
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    JACKIE I've just looked and Amaz*n have 49 new copies from 4.59p plus the postage, there are some on Fleabay but much more expensive than Ama..., Hope that helps, Lyn x.
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 30th Nov 15, 6:46 PM
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    Jackie - my son was dairy allergic and I made him many goodies using soya margarine and soya milk as substitutes for butter and milk. it often works best with 'all in one' recipes using soft margarine, for sponge cakes its especially good. oh and just one funny anecdote ----- I was telling my mum about making dairy free sponge cake and she asked what I used to substitute 'eggs'! when I stopped laughing, I asked why she thought eggs were 'dairy' - the answer - 'Because the milkman brings them'! rofl!
    apart from that:
    Turkish Delight is dairy free
    check the label because they can change recipes - After Eight mints were dairy free as were Jaffa Cakes.
    oh and as he couldn't eat ice cream - I substituted Sorbet. not too expensive and many supermarkets stock it and its dead simple to make anyway.
    Last edited by meritaten; 30-11-2015 at 6:56 PM.
    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 30th Nov 15, 7:57 PM
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    If you do need to substitute eggs and dairy in a cake, something like half tsp of bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp white vinegar, plus 1-2 tbsp soya milk would do the trick - that's for a cake using 170g of flour.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 30th Nov 15, 9:17 PM
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    Just add to the mince pie intelligence file: have noted in previous years that the Lidl ones (that come in lacks of 6 and 12) are vegan. Didn't think to check the Aldi ES for butter last year because I was too busy scoffing them!

    A teaspoon of crushed linseeds in a small quantity water can be used as an egg substitute (thickens after a few minutes to give the same texture). Crushing linseeds is hard work though, you have been warned!

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    • MarianChubb
    • By MarianChubb 2nd Dec 15, 6:50 PM
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    If you can do Facebook, have a look at the Vegan pages there - lots of ideas for dairy free goodies.

    Or, you could try the Vegan Society - there is a large recipe index, or Animal Aid under the Campaigns tab or Viva
    I can't post links 'cos I'm a newbie
    Hope you find something
    • AprilLady
    • By AprilLady 2nd Dec 15, 8:31 PM
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    A lot of recipes can just be altered by using dairy free milks or marg. You have to watch out for some margarines though as they often contain buttermilk. As others have said, Pure margarine or Vitalie work well in baking, and I often use coconut oil to bake with instead of butter.

    I've found a few good recipes by searching Pinterest, and these are quite good:
    Anzac biscuits (you don't have to make them gluten free) -

    Maple and Almond cookies (again, you don't need to make them gluten free and I've used a normal egg before) -

    and this Lemon Almond cake always works well for me -

    My friend made these for me once, you can adjust the spice as you like!

    Hope that helps! (I know these aren't particularly Christmassy recipes though!)
    • Maat
    • By Maat 2nd Dec 15, 9:12 PM
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    As well as Vitalite, you can find Pure margarines in supermarkets. Both brands are lovely. As well as soya milks, you can get oat, almond, hazelnut and rice milks. Oatly cream is gorgeous (find it in the ambient long life milks section usually along with the plant milks).

    As well as Jus-Rol pastry (all but the butter one are dairy-free) their Bake-it-Fresh croissants, cinnamon swirls, apple danishes and even pain au chocolat are all vegan (totally delicious, too, and dead easy to cook).

    If you're doing savoury stuff for a party, I can highly recommend the Jus-Rol vol au vent cases which you can use to make mushroom dainties. I use Oatly cream for this and very nice too. Linda McCartney's sausage rolls are dairy-free as well. Hummus is normally dairy-free and good with crudites. Tesco and Sainsburys both do potato wedges, although it's worth checking individual products to make sure which are the vegan ones.

    Co-op identifies its vegan products on the label but Sainsburys and Tesco do the same for most of theirs too. If in doubt, both of the latter two shops do lists of their vegan products. Sainsburys can be found here: ple%20avoiding%20Vegan%20Nov%202015.pdf

    and you can obtain the latest version (should be dated December 2015 and they're brought out every three months) from Tesco by emailing:

    Good luck
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