What is a Malthouse?
This past fall we ventured to a different farm for pumpkin picking and I noticed a sign for “Deer Creek Malthouse” – the sign also said “No Customers Past This Point” which of course peaked my curiosity! What could be going on in that red barn on the hill? Covert Artisinal Farm-to-Table Malted Milk Ball Making? Some kind of prohibited distilling of illegal spirits? How are deer involved? I hit the computer as soon as I got home and found this site. It said,
“Welcome to Deer Creek Malthouse, the first commercial malthouse in Pennsylvania since prohibition. We provide craft brewers and distillers with high quality, sustainably farmed, artisan malts that bring truly local character and innovation to the craft beverage tradition.”
I was intrigued! Wanting to learn more about this malting process, I sent an email and received a reply from “Mark Brault, Owner, Chief Maltster” – best title ever – “Maltster”! I told Mark I pictured him with his feet up on a desk surrounded by apothecary jars filled with malted milk balls – kind of Willy Wonka-esque with a fleet of deer Oompa Loompa’s?! He replied that there was no desk or malted milk balls, but he’d be happy to show me around in exchange for baked goods! Yay! Field Trip! I rounded up a couple friends to go with me, Beth MacKenzie, former third grade student of mine and now a Certified Brewmaster and her Mom, Nancy, cooking contest champion and former teacher colleague!
Follow along on the photo tour of the Malthouse here:
We learned about the whole old-school malting process, got to taste malted grains and brews made with the malt. I even went home with a goodie bag of sample grains to test in some recipes! Yes, you can grind the malted grain and use as a flour. Depending what variety of grain it is and how long the grains spend in the kiln determines the flavor profile. The pilsner malted wheat grains were the lightest taste of the samples I received with a roasty-toasty-nutty-sweet flavor and just a hint of bitterness. Think of all the recipe possibilities!
I decided to try a malted wheat cookie – I thought the flavor would go well with an oatmeal cookie base along with some tart dried cherries and dark chocolate chips. I milled some of the pilsner malted wheat in my KitchenAid® All Metal Grain Mill® to add in as part of the flour and I also added some whole pilsner wheat grains in place of any nuts in the cookies. They do have a nice toasted crunch. The malted flavor turned out to be a perfect fit in the oatmeal cookie, it added a “roasty-toasty” maltiness and a nutty crunch to the moist-chewy cookies that we all loved! I’m excited to try out some more ideas…yeast bread…gravy…soft pretzels!
A Few Tips to Share:
Malted Grain Tips:
- You can make these cookies without malted wheat, just substitute the milled malted wheat with additional flour and the whole malted wheat for nuts or oats.
- You can buy malted grains at home brew supply stores.
Using KitchenAid All Metal Grain Mill:
- Make sure to read the Use & Care Guide that comes with the unit, there is a step before you mill for the first time where you want to wash the mineral oil off the grinding burrs that is used to avoid rust during storage (unit is all metal). If you don’t wash the oil off on that first use, the burrs could become clogged affecting the grinding action.
- Also included in the package is a two-sided cleaning brush and screw-driver tool. (photo below) The brush can be used to brush the unit clean and the screw driver fits perfectly in the screws on the front of the unit.
- Flour ground with the grain mill will have a coarser texture than commercially ground flour, as all the parts of the grain are utilized. You can remill the grain on a finer setting and you can also pass the flour through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining larger pieces if a finer texture is desired.
- The grain mill is only suggested for low-moisture, non-oily grains such as: wheat, corn, rye, oats, rice, buckwheat, barley and millet.
- I found two youTube videos that are helpful for usage tips for the KitchenAid All Metal Grain Mill. Here’s one that shows milling and recipes usage and the other that focuses on cleaning and assembly.
Alternate Milling Methods:
- Here’s a site that explains alternate milling methods.
Pilsner Malt Oatmeal Cookies: Step-by-Step Recipe Tutorial:
Pilsner Malt Oatmeal Cookie with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup malted wheat flour (I used pilsner)*
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup whole malted wheat (I used pilsner)
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup dried cherries
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to combine and remove any lumps. Set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time and then vanilla. Gradually add in dry ingredient mixture.
- Stir in whole malted wheat, chocolate chips, cherries and oats.
- Scoop rounded 1-tablespoon portions and place them 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes until starting to brown, but still a little soft in the center.
- Cool for a minute on baking sheet then remove to rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. Freezes well.
What a great give away! Making cookies is my favorite!
These cookies sound wonderful and I LOVE KitchenAid…
What a fun field trip and thanks for the recipe and give away. I would love to try grinding my own flour bringing me closer to all that is less processed
Wendy Whipple Rusch
What a wonderful give away!!! Thanks for the opportunity!
My dad is a Brew Master and has been for over 30 yrs…I want to show him this video! He will like this! Wonder if he has ordered product from your new friends.
I really need a new mixer!!! And the attachment?!?! I would love to to be able to create my own flour blend for breads.
BTW I also am going to make those cookies!!! YUM Can’t wait til I win that though! They are a must have, NoW!!! :o)
Great giveaway. Being able to grind your own grains to make flours and coatings without added chemicals sounds amazing. I would love to step back in time and make my mother’s old-fashioned Gold Pound Cake she made with her fresh-churned butter and eggs from her chickens. Then there’s her from scratch Gingerbread Cake. Coming home from school on a chilly winter’s day and being served a nice warm slice slathered in butter with a cup of steaming cocoa was such a treat.
Lots of ramp pesto!
What a great giveaway! My old Kitchenmaid is 25 plus years old! I would use a new to make gluten free CC cookies as my daughter now has to eat GF.
Tina! this was a great informative post! I can’t wait to try this recipe
I love making grain yeast and sweet breads. Not SWEETBREADS, lol, but the yeasty kind !!!
I would love to make blueberry lemon scones. I’ve never ground my own grains, but would LOVE too!
My husband has been really wanting to make homemade sausage… so that would be first on the list!!!
What a fantastic giveaway! My KitchenAid needs updated desperately. Would love to own this!
This was a thoroughly enjoyable post! The pictures were and captions took us step by step to the finished product. It’s not a process I was familiar with and I loved hearing about it.
I would love to explore recipes utilizing the grain mill, starting with your Pilsner Malt Oatmeal Cookies. I love the tie between the popular micro brew industry and culinary circles!
Those cookies sound amazing! I am a huge oatmeal cookie fan, but these take it to the next level. I entered the giveaway because my amazing Kitchenaid is on its last legs, and I could make some amazing bread with the mill…A gal can dream!
These cookies look fabulous and sounds like a fun trip! I would love to make some white chocolate chip and orange zest oatmeal cookies with the mixer and attachment.
Love this! We make a whole wheat bread all the time. This would be perfect to grind fresh flour for the recipe. Thanks for such a great article and introducing me to new ways to use a grain mill.
I am always creating new recipes and with me being disabled, this mixer would make my life so much easier and less pain for me. I love making bread, cookies and all kinds of doughs. This mixer is a great giveaway.
I would love to use this mixer to teach/share some baking skills with the girls at a home for pregnant teens.
Awesome giveaway!! Would love to have the ability to grind my own flour!!!
Would love to win this if only to try those incredible cookies!
I would use it for everything I possibly could I’d make cookies, bread, cake, pancakes and so on love to cook and bake in our house!!
I love this post! Such an interesting way to use grain!! I’m passing this on to my beer loving son too!!
I would love to make these cookies Tina!
Angelina M Linan
I would love to make some tarts ands some monster cookies.
I’d love to make these cookies! These look great Tina. Very interesting post.
I would absolutely love to win this. I cook and bake so much. Having a stand mixer would make it so much more fun for me and my kids. Wish they wasn’t so expensive.
I’d love to make cookies with my 3 kids this spring/summer! We love to make stuff together!
I would love to make lots of cupcakes this spring!
cookies, molasses crinkles
I’d love to make chocolate chip cookies with this.
These cookies look fabulous!! Gonna make for friend having beer tasting bridal shower!!
A German plum cake that my mom taught me how to make
There are too many things to name that I would make with this mixer! I’m an avid cook and baker and I love making things from scratch, like pasta and whipped cream and even my own mayo.
I would love to make ice water cake for my granddaughter’s birthday.
I would make different types cookies, love baking!