Baking without dairy may seem like an insurmountable challenge to many, but it’s not as difficult as it may first seem. Whether you have a dairy intolerance or are simply looking to lower your dairy intake, there’s certainly no need to compromise on taste or texture, and bakers around the country have found a whole host of healthy ingredients to replace butter or cow’s milk to produce some truly mouth-watering results.
To increase awareness of all these tasty bakes, our friends at Pure Dairy Free have launched an exciting challenge to find the best dairy-free bakers in the UK. The overall winner will receive a fantastic baking kit worth over £1000 with goodies from Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Pure Dairy Free, top recipe books by your favourite chefs and lots more.
Many people are choosing to incorporate some dairy-free cooking into their everyday lives, even if they don’t have an allergy or intolerance. It’s true that dairy products are a good source of vitamins and minerals, most notably calcium, but these can easily be sourced through other aspects of a healthy diet. Nuts and pulses, as well as many fruits and vegetables, contain calcium, while your daily intake of vitamin D can be found in just 15 minutes of sunshine (if the British weather allows!).
Dairy products can also be quite high in fat, particularly saturates, which have been linked to quite a few health issues. When cooking or baking, you could choose lower fat versions of butter and cream available, and a lot of recipes can easily be adapted to use substitutes such as soya or nut milks and dairy-free spreads.