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Bread Sauce With Alternative Milk

Asked by Sonsie. Answered on 12th December 2016

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I want to make Nigella's bread sauce for Christmas lunch, but one of my family members has a dairy intolerance. I tried using unsweetened soya milk but it didn't seem right. Can you suggest anything?

My Mother's Bread Sauce
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My Mother's Bread Sauce
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's My Mother's Bread Sauce (from NIGELLA CHRISTMAS) is made with whole milk that is infused with spices and then enriched with a little cream. Unfortunately we have not tried this recipe with a non-dairy milk, and it will never be exactly the same with a substitute, but you would need to use a milk that has a fairly rich taste. Soy milk and rice milk tend to have an underlying sweetness so may not be ideal and you should also ensure that you like the taste of the milk before you use it in the sauce. Cashew nut or almond milk have less sweetness, though are still sweeter than regular milk, and cashew nut milk has the least "nutty" flavour. Some people with lactose intolerance can have buffalo milk, so it may be worth exploring this as an option though we appreciate it is difficult to find. Goat milk can also be an alternative, if you are able to use this, as it has a fat content similar to regular cow's milk. Any alternative should also be unsweetened and unflavoured.

If you don't find an acceptable alternative then you can always serve lashings of Redder Than red Cranberry sauce instead. A slightly different and spicy alternative would be to serve some Chilli Jam or even Jumbo Chilli Sauce and these can also be served with leftover turkey or some ham on Boxing Day or beyond. For extra ideas try browsing Nigella's Christmas menu suggestions.

Bara Brith

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