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Malt Honey Ice Cream

Posted by bakinghistory on July 14, 2008

An unusual and delicious ice cream made with malt syrup

This is my entry for the Ice Cream, You Scream blogging event hosted by Nik from Nik Snacks to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month.


The recipe I used comes from a cookbook that collects the recipes used at the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium where Dr. J.H. Kellogg once applied his theories on healthy life-style, which emphasized a diet rich in whole grains and low in protein and fats.

Malt honey, aka malt syrup, is the only sweetener and main flavoring ingredient in this very simple ice cream. It is amazing that such an easy, quick recipe can produce such outstanding results. This ice cream is simply wonderful, not too sweet and with a pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste—great on its own or paired with other flavors such as chocolate or vanilla. Chocolate syrup also makes a great topping that perfectly complements its deep malty flavor.

You can serve it by the scoop in glasses or cones, or use it to fill ice cream pops molds. Once the pops are ready, simply unmold them and quickly dip them in melted bittersweet chocolate.

From the original recipe by Lenna Frances Cooper

In: “The New Cookery: A Book of Recipes Most of Which are in Use at the Battle Creek Sanitarium”, 1913—USA


1 pint cream (all natural)

1 cup malt honey (barley malt syrup)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Warm slightly the malt syrup and mix with the cream (the microwave works fine for this). Mix well until the syrup is well amalgamated with the cream, then add the vanilla. Place the mixture in the refrigerator in a covered glass container until well chilled. Freeze in an ice cream maker.

Note: Half-and-half works as well as heavy cream.


6 Responses to “Malt Honey Ice Cream”

  1. Louise said

    Hi Manuela,
    Isn’t it amazing how such a simple recipe can bring such outstanding results? I haven’t posted for Ice Cream Month yet but I did get to include your recipe link today for National Hot Dog Month. I’m so glad I have you in my sidebar or I may have missed this tempting recipe. It looks delicious and the picture alone cooled me off a bit. It sure is hot today on Long Island.

  2. Nikki said

    Wow, Manuela! Your malt ice cream looks EXCELLENT. Where can I buy malt syrup? I’ve never used it in cooking before.

    Thanks so very much for entering Ice Cream, You Scream.

  3. bakinghistory said

    @ Nikki: Thanks! I a glad I was able to participate in your event. Thanks for hosting. Malt syrup can be found in health food stores such as Whole Foods.

  4. coffeepot said

    Oh yum!

  5. This is really interesting. I’d bet it tastes fabulous. Malt honey is such an unusual ingredient now…

  6. bakinghistory said

    @ Fearless Kitchen: Thanks! I found it very good, but obviously it is something for true fans of malt 😉

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