Buttermilk Substitution

1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice – Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar) – Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

1 cup milk + 1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar – Mix well to dissolve the cream of tartar.

1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup plain yogurt – Whisk together until no lumps remain.

1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup sour cream – Whisk together until no lumps remain.

Jujube Rolls

This is a rehash of the tongzhen recipe posted earlier in the blog.


3 tbsp flour (King Arthur bread flour or all purpose flour)
1/2 c liquid (1/4 c water + 1/4 c milk)

Mix in saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it becomes of pudding-like consistency. Let cool.


2.5c flour
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c whole milk
1 egg
2 tbsp (1/4 stick) butter
2 tsp (or one packet) yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 c candied fruit


Using stand mixer, mix all dough for 15 min. Dough will be sticky and stringy, silky and smooth.

Cover. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.


Traditional rolls: Roll dough into 6 equal-sized balls. Cover loosely. Let rise 30 min. Rolls will smush together.

Glaze with milk or egg wash (1/4 c milk or water and 1 egg, mixed well). The egg wash gives a shiny finish to the rolls, the milk wash makes the rolls brown but not shiny. I use an egg wash.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover loosely. Let rise 15 min to 30 min.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 min.



Please publicize this recipe, I think it can help a lot of people.

A lot of people who can’t have dairy can’t do so because their body does not produce sufficient quantities of the lactase enzyme, which digests the lactose in milk and other dairy products.  This means that they get very ill if they consume dairy products.

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (eg: Xeloda) also have this problem. A lot of the time, the chemotherapy drug, in trying to eradicate the cancer, kills good cells and enzymes (lactase) that people need.  For some, it causes illness (bloating, gas, diarrhea, etc) when they consume dairy, similar to the side effects shown by lactose intolerant people.

One solution to this is LACTAID milk.  It is basically regular milk with the lactase enzyme added. It works really well because then your body has lactase and you can digest the milk without all those nasty side effects.

Another solution is making homemade yogurt out of LACTAID milk. This creates yogurt rich in lactase enzymes, which can be easily digested without side effects by lactose intolerant people.  I think LACTAID could make this, but there probably isn’t enough demand for it.

Without further ado, here is my recipe for a lactase enriched yogurt. Enjoy!



1. 2 c Lactaid milk

2. 1/4 c full fat regular plain yogurt with active yogurt cultures (including S. THERMOPHILUS, L. BULGARICUS, L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, L. CASEI, AND L. RHAMNOSUS) (Brands include Dannon, Stoneyfield, and I’m sure others).

Directions (begin at night, after dinner):

1. Put Lactaid milk in Pyrex. Microwave on lowest power setting for 8 minutes. Milk will boil but not overflow if you do it that way.

2. Turn on oven. Heat to 170 degrees.

3. Let milk cool to 170 degrees. No need to measure. Let cool until it is warm to the touch.

4. Stir in yogurt.

5. TURN OFF OVEN (this is super important!!).

6. Place Pyrex in oven overnight. When you wake up in the morning, the yogurt will be ready. Enjoy!!! 🙂


NOTE: Lactaid does NOT taste at ALL like regular milk. BUT, the yogurt made out of it tastes just like regular yogurt. I made this with a batch of yogurt made with regular milk, and did a taste off. You cannot identify which is made with regular milk and which is made with Lactaid. (Yay!)