Rich, nutty, and creamy milk sweetened with the deep caramel flavor of muscovado sugar
September 19th, 2018
Chefs Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza are two chefs unafraid of taking on unconventional flavor profiles. But their wildly successful restaurants are living proof of how experimenting with unique ingredients and flavors can have a huge payoff. While Stuart heads the savory side, Nicole drives the pastry of their restaurants and cookbook, and was kind enough to share her Peanut Muscovado Milk recipe with us.
It's a rich, nutty, and creamy milk, enriched by the fat of the heavy cream and the sweet caramel flavor of the muscovado sugar and rice syrup. When serving, this drink has a "momentary" dramatic element to it, where the syrup and milk briefly dance in unison before blending the dark and light into pale caramel pastel.
Makes a generous 1 quart
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spread the peanuts on a baking sheet and roast, shaking the pan often, until light golden brown beneath the skins and very aromatic, about 15 minutes.
Combine the peanuts, milk, cream, water, and granulated sugar in a large saucepan. Use a knife to scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pan and then add the pod. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring every 15 minutes or so and lowering the heat if necessary to maintain the gentle simmer, until the liquid looks a little creamier, about 1 1⁄2 hours. (Even better, though, is to taste afer 1 hour, then keep cooking until the liquid tastes even more peanutty, about 30 minutes more.)
Discard the vanilla bean pod. Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender, working in two batches) to pulse the mixture just enough to break the peanuts into small pieces. Don’t overblend! Let the mixture cool, transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. The longer the better.
Strain the mixture through a medium-mesh sieve into a large airtight container and skim of the thick foam. Discard the solids. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Spoon 1⁄2 to 1 tsp of the syrup into eight glasses.
Reprinted with permission from State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook by Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski with JJ Goode, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography courtesy of Ed Anderson © 2017
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