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Julia’s Pantry: Pain d’Ovomaltine – Ovaltine Loaf

Pain de Ovomaltine, Ovaltine Loaf, Julia's Pantry, The Good Life France

Pain de Ovomaltine, Ovaltine Loaf The Good Life FranceIn 1904, a Swiss chemist, Dr George Wander, tried to combine barley malt with some other nutritious ingredients including milk, egg and cocoa. The result was Ovaltine, a nourishing daily drink aimed at children.

Ovaltine was launched as the first convenient and complete milk fortifier to provide hot nutritional drinks to strengthen under-nourished children, breastfeeding women and the weak and infirm. It quickly became a success in Switzerland and by 1909 the UK started its love affair with this delicious nutritional drink. It is sold in 54 countries worldwide and in France is called Ovomaltine – a very popular drink.

This wonderfully easy and simple Ovomaltine (Ovaltine) recipe was handed down by my Grandmother and has always been a favourite in the family!

Hope you like it too!


225g Self Raising flour*
3 tbsp Ovaltine
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp Golden Syrup, melted
Pinch salt
6 tbsp milk
115 g sultanas


Preheat oven to 150-170C/300-325F/Gas Mk 2-3

1. Grease and line a loaf tin … I used my Mothers handed down tin which measures 23cm x13cm approximately – equivalent to a 450g loaf tin.

2. Measure all dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the melted syrup and milk and mix to a soft consistency.

3. Pour into prepared tin and bake in slow pre- heated oven for about an hour.

Delicious buttered with a cup of tea!

* Can also be made with Plain Flour – substitute the Self-Raising flour for Plain flour and  add 2 tsp Baking Powder to the ingredients!

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