If you consider yourself a fan of malted shakes and drinks, you should try Horlicks, a British brand of malted milk powder. Horlicks powder is light brown and has a slightly sweet, malty flavor. It's traditionally mixed with hot milk and served as a soothing bedtime drink. With a flavor distinct from other malt powders, Horlicks can add a flavorful twist to other foods, from sweet treats to savory meat dishes. You can order Horlicks online or look for it at specialty stores that sell imported British foods.
To make a traditional Horlicks malted drink, add 3 to 4 teaspoons of Horlick's to a mug, along with just enough water to make a smooth paste. Fill the mug the rest of the way with hot milk, and stir. Let it chill in the refrigerator if you want to drink it cold. You can also use Horlicks to make a malted hot chocolate drink by mixing together unsweetened cocoa, Horlicks powder, cornstarch, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Use 1 part Horlicks powder for every 2 parts unsweetened cocoa. Add cinnamon for a spicy kick. Bring milk to nearly boiling on the stove, then stir in the malt and chocolate mixture and serve.
For simple cookies with a strong Horlicks flavor, combine flour with baking powder, and salt in one bowl, and blend Horlicks powder, vanilla extract, eggs, butter and sugar together in another. Use about 4 tablespoons of Horlicks for roughly every 6 tablespoons of flour. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients to form a dough. Roll the dough into bite-sized balls on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for roughly 10 to 13 minutes. To make an unforgettable malted cheesecake, add Horlicks powder to the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg mixture of a vanilla cheesecake, using roughly 1/2 cup of Horlicks for every 2 pounds of cream cheese. Pour the mixture over a graham cracker crust and bake in a 300 F oven until the nearly set. Allow it to cool and refrigerate overnight before serving.
Add malty flavor to breakfast staples such as French toast. Simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Horlicks to the egg and milk mixture before soaking the bread in it. Cook the soaked French toast in an oiled frying pan as you normally would. Add fluffiness and flavor to pancake and waffle batter by adding Horlicks, about a 1/2 cup for every 4 cups of flour used. Feel free to add slightly more Horlicks if you want more malt flavor. For a malted breakfast smoothie, add Horlicks, plain yogurt, a frozen banana to a blender. Add in other fruits and flavorings you'd like, including strawberries, blueberries, vanilla or honey. Blend until smooth.
Add Horlicks to batter for fried chicken or fish, which helps make the batter fluffy and crisp, while also adding a slightly sweet contrast to the savory protein. Prepare your batter as usual and just mix in 2 tablespoons of Horlicks, then fry according to your recipe. You could mix it into crab or salmon cake patties before frying them in hot oil, giving them more texture. Add Horlicks to a breadcrumb stuffing you are preparing for a turkey or other type of roast. Use 2 to 3 tablespoons of Horlicks for every 3/4 to 1 cup of breadcrumbs. The Horlicks adds creamy texture and malt flavor that complements the roast.
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