Fruity Malt Bread
At the half-way mark on my journey from Marin to my Mum's in Aptos, is a welcome cup of tea at my brother's house and also The British Food Center in Campbell. I was delighted to discover they carry Malt Bread in their freezer section. Malt bread is a food I fondly remember from childhood teas at my grandparents; the boozy, smoking grandparents who never seemed to worry too much about anything, except how the food tasted and that everyone was having a good time.
Malt bread is a dark, flavorful, sweet tasting bread with raisin. It is very sticky. I have yet to find a knife that slices it so the slices don't squoosh.
It's made with malt extract, which is made from sprouted barley processed with water.
The way to eat malt bread is topped with salty English butter (I use Kerrygold), along side a nice cup of tea. I haven't yet made it myself, but I plan to. Here's a recipe.