Monday, November 11, 2013
Chocolate Malt Bars-Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies, 1966
Mr. ETB is a malt fanatic. The ice cream, cakes, and other things people stir malt into are simply the delivery system to him-if he could it the powder straight from the jar, he'd do it. Over the years I've made homemade candies, malted popcorn, ice cream, and hot cocoa, but these have to be the best malt-based recipe I've tried so far. The frosting is optional, but it is so delicious I urge you not to skip it. You're eating brownies...you're going to worry about frosting? Live a little. I made a slight change adding 1 tablespoon of dark powdered cocoa. You can omit this if you prefer. I also omitted the nuts.
You Will Need:
1/2 cup shortening (I used Crisco)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup chocolate flavoured malt powder
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted these)
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/4 cup chocolate malt powder
1 cup icing sugar
light cream to make spreadable (I used milk)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 pan. Combine shortening, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in eggs and chocolate. Sift together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Spread in pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
To make frosting:
Combine butter, malt, and salt. Add icing sugar slowly a bit at a time until incorporated. Add enough cream or milk to make it a spreading consistency. Ice the bars, and store covered in the fridge. Take them out twenty minutes before serving to warm to room temperature.