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5 Ways to Use Barley Malt Syrup

Barley Malt Syrup

First, the bad news: barley malt syrup is not particularly healthy, so its medicinal uses are limited. However, if you follow a well-balanced diet and only use barley malt syrup in moderation, there's no need to worry about a bit of barley malt syrup in your meals or baked goods spelling trouble for your health. Here are some common culinary uses for barley malt syrup, as well as substitution information for those who prefer to use another sweetener.

1. Add it to whole grain bread doughs

There are tons of bread recipes that use barley malt syrup or barley malt powder. These recipes typically produce dark, whole grain breads such as pumpernickel. In many of these recipes, you can use molasses as a substitute for barley malt syrup. To replace 1 cup of barley malt syrup in a bread recipe, use 2/3 cup to 1 cup of molasses.

2. Use it for New York style bagels

Barley malt is also used to give New York style bagels their characteristic flavor and texture. Diastatic malt powder, which contains active enzymes that help release natural sugars in flour, is typically considered best for bagel recipes, but non-diastatic malt powder and malt syrup work, too. If you don't want to use malt products, try using honey as a substitute.

3. Sweeten barbeque sauces with it

With its strong, malty flavor and thick texture, barley malt syrup works wonderfully in homemade barbeque sauces. Molasses is also a great sweetener for barbeque sauces, and you can substitute it 1:1 for barley malt syrup.

4. Replace molasses with it in recipes for baked beans

If you think baked beans only come from cans, think again. Baked beans are easy to make, and there are tons of recipes on the internet. Traditional homemade baked beans get their sweetness from molasses, but you can get great results with barley malt syrup, too.

5. Use it in cake batters and cookie doughs

Barley malt syrup pairs well with spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, which makes it a good sweetener for spice cakes and gingerbread cookies. According to The Essential Good Food Guide, barley malt syrup is also great combined with chocolate or carob.

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