It has been a while since I started this mini-series, documenting our journey up the milk ladder. Lily was born with a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy but she reached the stage where she was able to tolerate small amounts. We are sharing our journey in the hopes that it will help you too.
We left off having completed the first stage (hurrah!) of the ladder, which is being able to eat a malted biscuit. She is now able to tolerate those absolutely fine which means we can move onto stage 2.
Stage 2 of the Milk Ladder
and as a result, we were able to move onto the next stage – digestive biscuits. We had a bit of a faff over the malted biscuits, having to make my own to avoid soya, so it was quite nice to be able to buy regular biscuits for a change!
TOP TIP: When shopping for Digestives, be sure to check the ingredients. Top brands seem to be dairy-free now, so you might have more luck with shop-own variations.
How has she been getting on?
We started off with a pea-sized piece of digestive and each day doubled the amount. She didn’t have a single issue with them which I was so relieved about. I am always paranoid that we are going to have a night from hell but touch wood she has been fine.
Stage 3 of the Milk Ladder
The next stage on the ladder is muffins and again, you will need to make these to make sure they have the exact amount of dairy needed.
Here is the recipe for 8 muffins:
40g cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
100g soft brown sugar
40ml oil (any)
70ml apple puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
It’s a simple one! Hurrah!
Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl: flour, cocoa powder, sugar and bicarb.
Mix all of the wet ingredients in another bowl: oil, apple puree, milk and vanilla.
Combine the two mixtures together, put a big dollop in each muffin case and bake for 20 mins at 180ºC. The mixture is quite runny but they do rise nicely.
She had no reaction to the cakes, even eating a whole one near the end of the day (I always try to give new things in the morning to give her a chance to react before bedtime). I cannot believe she had actual milk, I felt so nervous adding it into the mixture!
Stage 4 of the Milk Ladder
We are now at the scotch pancake stage- a bit random but obviously a necessary rung of the ladder! Today she had half a pancake, probably the size of her hand, and she has gone down like a light. Fingers crossed she will sleep as well as she has done throughout this process!
We bought shop ones but here is the recipe to make 18 pancakes:
120g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
30g caster sugar
Sift the flour and add the salt into a bowl.
Crack the egg into the milk and whisk together in a jug.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients into the jug so that you can pour the mix into the pan.
Heat the pan and test it is hot enough by placing a small bit of batter to check. When the surface of the batter is covered in bubbles it is time to flip the pancake.
So that is where we have got up to so far, the next stage is Shepherd’s Pie which makes me feel very nervous. I haven’t looked up the recipe yet but I am assuming it is using butter in the mash! We are so used to using Vitalite it is going to be very weird using real butter! Keep your fingers crossed for us!!
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