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« on: September 25, 2008 01:06:25 PM »

My mother is lactose intolerant and misses out on a lot of the desserts that I like to make, i.e. flan, cheesecake, etc. Are there ways of substituting in other ingredients to make recipes that taste good? We've had limited luck with soy/tofu products because they sometimes have an overwhelming soy flavor.
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008 08:13:12 PM »

i've never actully tried it for baking an have no idea what the actual chemistry is like, but almond milk is like, four hundred times better than soy milk, at least in my family.  And it's lower in calories and sugar.  Dry the Alomnd Dream, make sure to distinguish between the unsweetened and regular.  Regular isn't cloying, but definately sweet, unsweetened tastes like... very barely nutty milk, to me at least
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2008 11:23:49 PM »

Check out the vegan/vegetarian board, you'll find lots of yummy desserts there! Also, I prefer to use oat milk instead of soy milk when I bake or cook, because as you say soy milk has a lot of flavor. I haven't tried rice milk or almond milk myself but I'm sure they'll work well too. Of course, you can also try lactose-free regular milk if you don't want to go completely vegan. It'll behave and taste exactly like regular milk, so you should be able to make all your regular desserts with it. Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 09:15:57 PM »

I didn't even know there was such a thing as lactose-free milk 0_0
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008 10:44:01 PM »

I didn't even know there was such a thing as lactose-free milk 0_0

Really? It's quite common over here, but maybe it's hard to find in the U.S... Try asking at a well-stocked supermarket? I googled "lactose-free milk" and found a couple of american brands that sell it. This one for example: http://www.horizonorganic.com/products/lactose-free.html. And here's an about.com page that talks about milk alternatives: http://foodallergies.about.com/od/dairy/tp/milkalternatives.htm.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2008 01:47:31 AM »

Lactose-free milk is available in at least the major centres in Canada, so I imagine it would be available in the US.  It might say something like "Lactaid Milk" on the jug.

You might also want to try coconut milk.  Very nice flavour.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008 04:07:36 PM »

Lactose free milk is pretty common in the US too (at least in NY). I've seen the brand Lactaid around and I actually like the taste of that over regular milk. For some reason it tastes sweeter to me. I also like rice milk and I've baked with it before. It has a lighter taste than soy.
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