Today is St David’s Day and therefore the perfect occasion to enjoy this gorgeously lactose free recipe for Welsh Rarebit, the ultimate cheese on toast!
125ml Lactofree whole or semi skimmed
400g Lactofree cheese, grated
1 tbsp flour
175g fresh white breadcrumbs
1 heaped tsp English mustard powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
120ml ale, cider or Guinness (your preference)
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
6-8 slices, toasted crusty bread
1. Heat the Lactofree whole or semi skimmed in a pan, whisk in the flour and bring to the boil. Allow to bubble until slightly thickened. Reduce the heat to low and add the grated Lactofree cheese. Stir briefly until melted, then add the breadcrumbs, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce and your choice of alcohol. Cook, stirring, until the mixture starts to leave the side of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
2. Put the mixture in a food processor and add the eggs while it’s mixing. Keep it running for about a minute, then season with ground black pepper. Spread onto the toast and grill until browned and golden.
3. Serve with cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of balsamic and even a sprinkling of herbs or seeds.
While it’s thought that the name Welsh Rarebit traditionally derives from the Welshman’s inability to catch a rabbit, leaving him to use cheese as a poor alternative, we’re glad we can enjoy it with real dairy without an alternative in sight!
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