I was so relieved to see that this week's recipe for Baked Sunday Mornings didn't actually require any BAKING. My oven fizzled out on July 4th mid ribs, and the repairman can't come til Tuesday. Besides, with it being a balmy 92 today, I felt it a plus to keep the house as cool as possible!
This week's recipe is for Malted Vanilla Milk Shakes, from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients. I have always loved malt, even as a kid I'd eat malted milk powder by the spoonful. So any recipe using malt definitely peaks my interest, anytime.
The recipe suggests crushing Whoppers with a mortar and pestle - but I'm not that fancy so I just used the blunt end of my French rolling pin in a cereal bowl.
It also calls for one vanilla bean scraped of its seeds. Luckily I had two on hand that I had purchased at Home Goods...$3.99 a bottle for TWO decent sized pods. That's the cheapest I've found them anywhere. Because I needed to make a third batch, I used 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste in place of the fresh beans. I think the shakes with the freshly scraped vanilla beans were more flavorful than those with paste. But, they were both REALLY GOOD.
As the recipe states "a good milk shake should be eaten with a spoon...", and I can't agree more. However, some vanilla beans settled at the bottom of the glass so definitely use a straw as backup ;)