It's the stuff of old-school soda fountains and malt ball confections. Perhaps it reminds you of childhood, perhaps it reminds you of a cookie you had just the other day from your corner bakery because, let's fact it, malted milk powder has crept back into our cultural consciousness. Folks are adding it to everything from cakes to cookies to ice cream batters. Thankfully so. What is malted milk powder exactly? It's essentially an evaporated powder made from malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk. Originally developed as an infant nutritional supplement, today bakers and ice cream makers love it for the rich, almost toasty flavor it imparts. It should be readily available at most grocery stores (I like Carnation or King Arthur brands), and is wonderful to experiment with in the sweet and savory kitchen. Here are a few ideas:
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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