The L-Plate Vegetarian
Well it’s pretty much plain sailing from now on, or is
it…? You might think that with your main course out
of the way the pudding is
the easiest bit, after all how many desserts can you think
of which contain meat?! Of course you’re right, but some
innocent looking puddings, cakes, biscuits and yoghurts etc
contain animal fats and/or gelatine.
Having said that, there are many more delicious veggie desserts
out there to tickle your tastebuds, just be a little careful:
look for the vegetarian symbol or check ingredients labels.
Most supermarkets will say on the packaging whether their products
are suitable for vegetarians but if they don’t, check
for animal fat in cakes, gateaux and biscuits, as well as for
gelatine in cheese cakes, mousses, trifles and yoghurts. Don’t
worry though, you can still enjoy all of the above as many
manufacturers use vegetarian alternatives to animal fat and
Creme de la Creme
To state the obvious, cream is made from cow’s milk.
Try a non-dairy alternative to single cream for example Sainsburys
Just Pour from their Free From range. Health food shops have
a wider range
including Granose Soya Cream and Provamel’s Soya Dream,
now available in Tesco and Asda – naughty but nice.
Cakes: we found that many of the cakes made by Mr Kipling;
Lyons were suitable for vegetarians: amongst
others try Almond Slices; Treacle Lattice Tart; Deep Filled
Bramley Apple Pies by Mr Kipling; Rich Chocolate
Roll or Milk Chocolate Mini Rolls. All supermarkets will
stock their own brand cakes suitable for veggies, Asda has
a particularly good range including: Bakewell Tart; Double
Chocolate Muffins and the luxurious Lemon Drizzle Cake. Morningstar
Farms produce the delicious Organic Carrot Cake and Organic
Banana Loaf Cake. Zedz Foodshave both sweet and savoury treats
in their wheat, gluten and dairy-free selection of muffins,
such as banana, coconut & date flavourand apricot & ginger.
Biscuits: again, many of the main biscuit manufacturers cater
for us veggies so the range is enormous, but here are a few
tasters: McVities Home Wheat (milk and plain chocolate!), Penguins
and Hobnobs; Burtons Mini Jammie Dodgers; Fox’s Crunch
Creams; Chocolate Viennese; Raspberry Jam and The Favourite
Selection – lots of different types of biscuits in one
pack! Doves Farm do a
delicious and organic selection including Ginger Jazz and Lemon
Zest Cookies. You can also get loads of supermarket own brand
biscuits. Co-op range is particularly good and includes Lemon
Puffs, Stem Ginger Shortbread and Cherry Bakewell Luxury Cookies.
Ice Cream: there are lots of different ice creams available
in loads of different flavours, just to give you an idea of
the variety of them, Tesco do a wide range from Raspberry,
Toffee Ripple, Cherrylicious, Creamy Caramella, Valencia Orange,
Coffee, Brandy and Chocolatino to Organic Chocolate Chip and
Organic Vanilla. Most of the other supermarkets make their
own brand ice creams: Sainsbury Indulgence; Somerfield Real
Dairy and So Good and all tub ice creams made by Marks & Spencer.
Swedish Glace make an organic non-dairy ice cream so it is
suitable for vegans as well; this comes in Raspberry; Strawberry;
Chocolate; Vanilla or Mocha & Chocolate Ripple flavours.
Tofutti ice cream is truly delicious and also vegan. You won’t
believe that it’s made from soya because it’s so
naughtily creamy. Try the chocolate flavour – it’s
hard to beat. Find all of these in health food shops and some
supermarkets. Don’t forget to look out for sorbets too.
Yoghurt: all supermarkets produce their own brand yoghurts
and most are suitable for vegetarians, but watch out for very
low fat, thick or custard-style yoghurts, as gelatine is often
used to give them their thicker texture. Original Ski yoghurt
is fine, but for a completely dairy-free option, try Provamel
Yofu (from Tesco and health food shops), it’s available
in Summer Fruits, Natural, Peach & Mango, Red Cherry and
many other delicious flavours. Some of the Yofu range is organic
and all of it is suitable for vegans.
Cold Desserts: we found loads, ranging from individual servings
to puds big enough for the whole family! Cheese cake fans should
look out for McVities Devonshire Cheese Cake in Blackcurrant
flavour, Waitrose New York Cheesecake and Asda Chocolate Praline
Baked Cheesecake. Alternatively, head for Marks & Spencer
for their Raspberry, Lemon or Toffee Cheesecakes. You get two,
so you can either share with a friend or save one for later!
Other Marks and Spencer’s cold desserts include: Champagne & Strawberry
Souffle, Zesty Lemon Meringue and Chocolate Layer Gateaux.
Or try Somerfield Profiteroles or Asda Cappucino & Walnut
Gateaux and Summer Fruit Meringue Roulade. And better still,
Sainsburys fabulous Free From Toffee & Walnut Iced Dessert
made from soya not dairy.
Hot Puds: there is now a lot of choice if you are a fan of
the traditional English pud! Head to Asda for Jam Roly Poly;
Lemon Curd Roly Poly and Spiced Apple Strudel. Marks & Spencer
also have a good range including clotted Cream Rice Pudding
and Sticky Toffee or Lemon Sponge Pudding! Co-op have three
tinned sponge puddings; Chocolate, Golden Syrup or Mixed Fruit
and all are equally good served with ice cream or custard.
Also try the Heinz tinned sponge pudding range, they are absolutely
gorgeous! And for the perfect custard to pour lovingly over
them try Provamel’s egg-free custard – available
in supermarkets. If you prefer something a little lighter look
for the Waitrose range of ‘French Style Tarts’:
choose from Apricot, Lemon, Apple or Pear, they’re all
Next Section: Drink And Be Merry!
| Don’t forget that fruit is the simplest, most healthy
dessert of them all! Be exotic and treat yourself to mangoes,
papaya squeezed with fresh lime juice or black cherries for
a change. And don’t forget good ol’ English strawberries/
raspberries and cream. Yum!