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Jan 6, 2008 12:08 PM

I bought Malt Extract on Accident...

I was trying to buy malted milk powder, but the only thing I found in my grocery was malt extract which i thought might be the same thing... Apparently not. Is there anything I can make from malt extract besides beer? Or should I stow this on a shelf never to be seen again...

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  1. Is this a powder or liquid? How does it taste?

    Occasionally I buy malt powder from the natural foods bulk section. It is described as 65% maltose (malt sugar), about 30% as sweet as sugar. I've been adding it to baked goods, along with or in partial replacement of the sugar, to add a hint of malt flavor. Also if it is the powder, you might be able to approximate the malted milk powder by mixing it with dry milk.

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    1. re: paulj

      It is syrup, and it says it is yeast free... It contains only Barley Malt and Hop extract though. When i shook the bottle it sounded like powder because of a free sample that was included. Whoops. Maybe i can bring it back to the store...

      1. re: sarahelan

        The hop extract definitely puts it in the beer making category.

        1. re: sarahelan

          It's a sweetener, kind of like brown rice syrup, etc.

      2. Some bread formulas include barley malt extract. Google it and see if you can find something you like. Alternatively, long on to:
        and see if there's anyone on that forum with experience using it in bread.

          1. re: visciole

            This would be my recommendation too. One of the two unique-ish ingredients in bagels. I'd be hunting down the special flour by now if I had accidentally bought malt extract.

            1. re: JohnOort

              Keep in mind that the OP also writes that it contains hop extract. Doesn't that move it out the baking realm, and into the beer making one?

              1. re: paulj

                The hops will make it bitter, so I think you're right. There's a Caribbean "hops bread" but it seems it doesn't use hops (I don't know why it's so named).

                I think the OP should just go ahead and make some beer!

                1. re: drongo

                  But would it still be good after 3 years? :)

                  1. re: paulj

                    LOL... I am a keen home brewer, and I wouldn't invest my time in 3-year-old ingredients.

                    I should check the date of these threads more carefully!

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            1. You could try using it as a substitute for honey in a bread recipe. The taste is different, but good.