Adventures in dairy free baking
Yes, ok, so I kind of dropped off the face of the Earth again. Sorry about that. What I have learned so far this year is that being a working, studying, self employed on the side wife and mother of two boys in school is really busy work. I barely have time breathe sometimes, or so it feels anyway.
Recently we have switched our eldest boy onto an experimental dairy free diet, to see if it solves a few long running issues with his health. This seemed like a very daunting task at first (the kid would live off milk alone if I let him, I am sure of it), but over the last few days I have been finding some great recipes and replacements that he will eat without a second thought. People who know him will know this is nothing short of a miracle, he is like a 7 year old Michelin Star Food Critic.
So this week my husband had a birthday, and I went on the hunt for some dairy free cake recipes. I came across a great blog here, which I can tell you I will be reading A LOT over the coming weeks. I found a recipe for chocolate cake with zucchini in it, and I just HAD to give it a go. So before the kids got home from school, I set about picking zucchinis from the garden, and set to work in the kitchen. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive that a cake that did not have any butter, egg or milk in it could live up to the taste test, but as soon as I took it out of the oven, I knew it was going to be good.
It smelled amazing! So while I impatiently waited for it to cool I made the glaze and dribbled it over.
The best kind of chocolate is messy chocolate, am I right? All that was left now was to present it to the judges, who have all given it the thumbs up of approval… And they have no idea it’s chock full of home grown zucchini goodness.