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Nat'l Dairy Month: Milky Desserts You'll Love

June is National Dairy Month and it's the perfect month to review the milkiest, cheesiest, creamiest and most buttery goodies! Though dairy products have had the reputation for being fattening, the National Dairy Council said that nutritious dairy products actually improves bone health, not just in children but also in adults. 

Today, we're featuring the milkiest desserts that will tickle your taste buds while strengthening your bones. Let's start off with this milk and honey pudding with rhubarb from Autumn Makes & Does.

Milk & Honey Pudding with Stewed Rhubarb. Courtesy: Autumn Makes & Does

Milk & Honey Pudding with Stewed Rhubarb from Autumn Makes & Does

Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk, about 1/4 cup reserved
1 vanilla bean, pod split and seeds scraped
1/3 cup honey
3 T cornstarch
pinch salt
2 T unsalted butter
6 oz (about 1 1/2 cups) diced rhubarb
4 oz (about 1/2 cup) sugar

The creaminess and slight sweetness of the pudding blends perfectly with the cooked rhubarb, resulting in a dessert with a round flavor and fine texture with chunky bites at the bottom.

Milk & Honey Pudding with Stewed Rhubarb. Courtesy: Autumn Makes & Does

Another milky dessert is this hot milk cake from True Food Movement. This is a very simple version of a light cake that owes its flavors from the milk, butter, and lemon or vanilla extract. To preserve the simpleness of the cake, sprinkle cake with powdered sugar instead putting frosting on top. This cake is also great with fresh fruits on the side.

Hot Milk Cake from True Food Movement
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon lemon or vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot milk (don’t boil, just get it warm)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 level Tablespoon of melted butter
powdered sugar for sprinkling cake if desired

Hot Milk Cake. Courtesy: True Food Movement

What's better than milk? Caramelized milk of course! Dulce de leche or "sweet milk" is a favorite dessert flavor in many parts of the world. Chef-in-Training has a great cookie recipe with dulce de leche filling- a great treat for people with a sweet tooth.

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Sandwich Cookies from Chef-In-Training
Ingredients:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon packed minced orange zest (from 1 large orange)
1 can (14-ounce) dulce de leche
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Sandwich Cookies. Courtesy: Chef-In-Training

 TIP: Use a silicone mat when baking cookies to make it easier to take them off the pan.

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Sandwich Cookies. Courtesy: Chef-In-Training

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