Ingredient Spotlight: Malted Milk Powder

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:

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Pioneer Woman
Burnt Banana Chocolate Malted Milkshake - Joy the Baker
Malted Milk Ice Cream - Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Chocolate Malted Cupcakes - Taste and Tell
Vanilla Malt Pudding - Hungry Girl Por Vida

What's your favorite way to use malted milk powder?

Related: Christina Tosi's Corn Cookies from Momofuku Milkbar

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