7 Tasty Desserts that Use Fresh Milk

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If you’ve been following our blog recently, you’ll know how much we love a tasty milk recipe here at Milk Topz. Whether it’s our milky summer treats, plant-based vegan recipes, or decadent festive delights, we love nothing more than inspiring people to use fresh milk in their daily cooking.

In this blog, we decided to cater to the sweeter tooth and compiled this handy list of delicious dessert recipes using fresh milk.

1.    Muhallebi or Milk Pudding

Unsurprisingly, this rich, fragrant and irresistible delicacy is appearing on our list of dessert recipes using fresh milk. Legend has it that this Middle Eastern dish gained its original name ‘Muhallebi’ after a medieval Arab general Al-Muhallab ibn Abi Sufra liked the dish so much that he named it after himself!

We can hardly blame him, either. Its enticing combination of rose water, sugar and whole milk gives the dish a distinctly Middle Eastern taste and aroma, combined with a texture that is both light and creamy.

a traditional middle eastern milk pudding

Image Source: Chef Tariq

This classic dish has many excellent versions, but we’re especially fond of Chef Tariq’s Milk Pudding. Not only is it traditional and elegant, but it’s also straightforward to follow, making it a fantastic option for novices and experts alike.

2.    Bread and Butter Pudding

From the delicate aromatic Middle East, let’s move to this hearty, rustic English classic. The recipe was first written down almost three centuries ago by Eliza Smith and, like many desserts, made a great way to use leftovers and cheap ingredients to make a delicious and filling pudding.

For those of us who don’t have a 1727 copy of Smith’s The Compleat Housewife, we’d suggest Elaine Lemm’s version over at The Spruce Eats. 

Cover day-old bread with raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon in layers before adding your homemade custard (using 350 ml of whole milk) and allowing it to stand for half an hour. Bake for another half an hour, and serve piping hot to enjoy this delicious dessert recipe using fresh milk.

bread and butter pudding in a baking dish

Image Source: The Spruce Eats

3.    Hot Cross Buns

Said to originate in St Albans, England, when a monk developed the recipe to help feed the poor on Good Friday, this fluffy, spiced bun has since become an Easter staple across the UK and many other countries.

Using yeast and high-gluten flour, Hot Cross Buns are closer to a bread than a traditional bun or cupcake. Nagi at Recipe Tin Eats explains a few different versions that accommodate various capabilities and equipment to ensure excellent results.

Orange, cinnamon and apricot jam, as well as 375ml of warm, fresh milk, all feature to create a fruity, spiced treat that’s sure to bring your family together for Easter and beyond.

hot cross buns on a cooling rack

Image Credit: Recipe Tin Eats

4.    Crème Brûlée

This simple, elegant, exquisite French dessert is perfect for those looking to wow their friends and family at a dinner party. With its rich, creamy vanilla custard and crunchy, caramelised topping, a crème brûlée is the ultimate dinner party dessert that uses fresh milk.

François Massialot is often credited with developing the dish while in service to the French aristocracy, giving the crème brûlée a long-lasting pedigree at the very top of French cuisine.  With that in mind, who better to turn to for a masterclass in French desserts than Michelin-Star-winning Raymond Blanc?

two creme brulee served in ramikins

Image Source: The Happy Foodie

His vanilla crème brûlée at The Happy Foodie favours fresh whole milk over double cream for a lighter, smoother texture which contrasts with the dusky richness offered by dark demerara sugar.

5.    Coffee Panna Cotta with Coffee Syrup

Originating from the Piedmont region in northern Italy, Panna Cotta means ‘cooked cream.’ The resulting rich, sweet dessert forms the ideal backdrop for any flavour that takes your fancy. Our favourite version of this tasty fresh milk dessert is Sugar Salt Magic’s espresso-inspired Panna Cotta, served with coffee syrup.

an image of an espresso panacotta using fresh milk

Image Credit: Sugar Salt Magic

Their method combines fresh, whole milk with powdered gelatine to give the dessert the required body. Folding in cream, coffee, and a pinch of salt enriches and flavours the dish before it’s allowed to set. This delicious milky dessert is then served with a lightly sweetened coffee syrup for that extra edge of flavour.

6.    Apple Cream Cake

The apple is undoubtedly one of the most ubiquitous fruits, fitting into crumbles, pies, and even making a great accompaniment to cheeses. However, it’s when combined with spices, sugar and butter to form a delicious fresh milk dessert that we think it truly comes into its own.

Ivana Krasteva-Pieroni over at Bon Apeti has shared this fantastic recipe that promises a juicy, creamy spiced delight. The cake base is simple enough for those who’ve baked before; flour, eggs, sugar, butter and plenty of fresh milk are combined with cinnamon and baking powder to form an almost liquid batter.

a cream and apple cake

Image Credit: Bon Apeti

Ivana tells us not to worry that the batter isn’t thick enough, though, as the aim is to make a moist, soft cake almost akin to cream caramel in texture. To us, that sounds simply irresistible.

7.    Microwave Mug Sponge Cake

Last but not least, we thought we’d include a way to use milk to create a tasty dessert accessible to anyone. This simple, quick recipe is an excellent option for students, professionals or anyone looking to serve a delicious, fluffy dessert at short notice.

Gemma Stafford at Bigger Bolder Baking swears by her mug cake recipe, saying it produces a delicious, light result in minutes. First, she melts butter in the microwave before whisking the egg using a fork.

Gemma then adds a glug of fresh milk, vanilla, almond extract and sugar before mixing in the flour, baking powder and salt. Once thoroughly mixed, she leaves it to rest for a while before microwaving it for around 80 seconds.

Topped with whipped cream and some fresh berries, this handy weeknight dessert couldn’t be easier!

a small cake in a mug made in the microwave

Image Credit: Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking

Keep your milk fresh to try out these delicious recipes!

If you want to try out any of these recipes, why not try out our Milk Topz? They’re made from environmentally-friendly silicone and provide a leak-proof way to keep your milk fresh, tasty and delicious for as long as possible.

Take a look at our colourful, easy-to-use Milk Topz packs here, or read the blogs below for more delicious, milky recipes!

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