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Happy National Dairy Month!

As we celebrate National Dairy Month this June, let's 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. 

Dairy products are known to supply the body with calcium, protein, potassium, and vitamin D. With that in mind, dairy can be good for us as long as it's taken in moderation.

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

Milky Treat

This milky dessert will tickle your taste buds while strengthening your bones. Autumn Makes & Does' milk and honey pudding with rhubarb heaven! 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 from Autumn Makes & Does

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

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

Buttery Goodness

Simple as it is, real butter can make a poultry dish more luxurious and transform baked goods into melt-in-your mouth treats. Messy Witchen has a great recipe for a simple butter cake that highlights its smooth richness.

Butter Cake published Messy Witchen
(recipe from Flavours magazine March-April 2009)
300g butter, softened
250g caster sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
5 grade A eggs, lightly beaten
375g self-rising flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
250ml milk, buttermilk or sour cream

Butter Cake. Courtesy: Messy Witchen

Cheesy Dessert

Cheese is revered by foodies from all parts of the world. In fact, almost every part of the globe has its own favorite variety of the milk byproduct. This pumpkin cheese bars recipe from She Wears Many Hats owes its natural sweetness from pumpkin puree. The slight bitterness of the Oreo crust balances out the richness of the cream cheese and pumpkin combo.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from She Wears Many Hats
20 creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
2½ tablespoon butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
hot water

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Courtesy: She Wears Many Hats

Yummy Yogurt Sweets

When people try to think of a healthy dairy product, yogurt is one of the first things that come to mind. For one, yogurt is great for the digestive system because it contains "probiotics" - friendly bacteria that can improve digestive health and boost the immune system.  Greek yogurt can also be used in making soft and chewy sugar cookies that are a joy to munch on!

Greek Yogurt Soft Sugar Cookies from Lovely Little Kitchen
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Greek Yogurt Soft Sugar Cookies. Courtesy: Lovely Little Kitchen

Homemade Ice Cream, For The Win

If you're feeling adventurous about having ice cream incorporated with your favorite flavors, making your own is not as difficult as it sounds. Kevin and Amanda has a post about easy homemade ice cream made without an ice cream maker.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without A Machine from Kevin and Amanda
Basic ice cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk

For Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream, add:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or

For Nutella Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream, add:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup peanut butter chips

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without A Machine. Courtesy: Kevin and Amanda