Favorite non butter-based desserts?
- ipsedixit Dec 9, 2012 11:22 AM
What are your favorite desserts without (or with very very little) butter?
So, for example, a fruit tart would not count, but a pavlova would.
Similarly, a sponge cake or a meringue would be ok, but not a classic genoise.
I think mine would be, in no particular order, Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Mochi balls w/ Azuki beans, and Ice Cream.
In posing this question you have made me realize that there are very few desserts I like that don't have butter.
I am not a huge sweet eater to begin with (give me french fries over the finest chocolates) but when I do want something sweet it is usually something with caramel or something with a nice buttery crust or puff pastry.
Even cheese cake needs to have buttery crust or at least a salted caramel sauces….
So my answer is NONE!
Bread pudding does not have to be made with butter (in fact, I do it all the time), and it's probably better without it.
Bread pudding, at its core, is essentially some sort of bread or carbohydrate drenched in custard, and then baked in a water bath. And custard, traditionally, is just a combo of milk, eggs, and sugar.
Of course, you can dress up bread pudding in all sorts of fashion, with sauces and what-not, but bread pudding can absolutely be made without any butter (assuming you are using a bread that has no butter to begin with).
I rarely use butter in my bread pudding. Plenty of cream or half and half and eggs/egg yolks but never butter. There might be butter in the bread but I think quick breads like pumpkin bread are better in bread pudding w/out butter/oil.
Something along these lines:
Here's the recipe using leftover white bread. As I said, I substituted panettone (don't have the package, so not sure if it contained butter. I did cut the amount of sugar in half, since the panettone itself is sweet):
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding
2 slightly beaten eggs
2 1/4 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups day old white bread, cubed
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first six ingredients and mix together well. Add remaining ingredients and pour into an 8 or 9 inch square oven proof dish. Sprinkle top with an additional bit of sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place dish in a larger pan of hot water, about 1 inch deep - forming a water bath. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted between center and edge comes out clean.
Many desserts that use butter can be done w/ lard and often is better--eg pie crusts, tarts, even chinese almond cookies. I love the flakiness of chinese almond cookies w/ lard. I love "puff" pastry w/ adzuki beans. Happy mouth cookies:
It's debatable for me whether I prefer butter based or non-butter based desserts (ice cream, panna cotta, mochi, custard tarts, etc.)
Eton Mess with raspberries
Chocolate Pots de Creme