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Oct 7, 2005 10:31 AM

non-dairy dessert ideas?

  • m

Hi everyone,

I've got friends coming for dinner this weekend, one of whom is lactose intolerant. I have some kosher cookbooks that will have pareve desserts in them, but since I haven't tried them before I don't want to test them on my unsuspecting guests.

Does anyone have any dairy-free dessert recipes that they know and love?


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  1. Sorry for the ignorant question - but does that mean no eggs?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Eggs are okay. Butter, milk, cream, anything that has milk in the product, not okay.

      1. re: theSauce

        I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth.....IF someone is allergic to dairy then they should not be eating any of simply using lactose free milk it will not only not solve the problem but may make the individual extremely to the so called NON DAIRY creamers and whipped toppings, if you look closely THEY DO CONTAIN milk products...the easiest way to solve this problem is to look for products that say PAREVE or PARVE...difficult to know which spelling a company will use but basically if the item is listed as kosher and has that parve notation, it then has absolutely no trace of any dairy in it. And dairy refers to the inclusion of any milk product or derivative of it not just the fact that an item is located in the dairy case at a super market. Try going to any of the kosher recipe web sites as there are many with some really terrific ideas. We have dealt with this problem for many years now since my son has ulcerative colitis and is totally allergic to any dairy products. I hope this information helps you...

    2. strawberry shortcake with cool whip (non-dairy whipped topping)

      mixed Fruit in meringue cups and drizzled with chocolate syrup (if chocolate is OK)

      1. Why not make an apple/pear/berry (alone or in combination) crisp?

        Sorry, no exact recipe, but I'm sure you can replace the butter by a neutral oil or even non-dairy margarine (yes, regular margarine contains dairy). I would also be tempted to replace the butter by apple sauce, which, on top of making your crisp dairy free, would also make it very low fat :-)

        Another idea would be an angel food cake with a berry sauce.

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        1. re: Louise

          Also, you can often use ghee instead of regular butter because the lactose has been almost entirely removed with the milk solids through prolonged clarification (it's a longer process than mere clarification, and the lack of milk solids is one reason it does not go rancid when stored for a long time at room temperature). But I'd check with the person first, just in case they have an extreme sensitivity that most people don't have.

        2. i think your best bet is to simply make something that wouldn't have any dairy in it anyway.

          for example, chocolate sorbet with berries tastes incredibly rich and delicious

          try searching on epicurious for dairy-free desserts!


          1. There are a world of fruit pies and cobblers, crisps etc. out there that are non-dairy. Use vegetable shortening ( Crisco makes on that has no trans fats now)you can offer choices of toppings, non dairy Cool Whip or whipped cream for those without the problem. Also if you wanted to make something like pumpkin you might substitute Land O Lakes Dairy Ease made for lactose intolerant people for milk in a dish. My mother has been using it for years in cooking and for drinking and on cereal. She says she can'ttell the difference.