Malt Powder Substitution
I have a few bagel recipes that I want to try, but they require malt powder. I have searched everywhere I can think of locally (grocery stores, health food stores, liquor stores, etc.) and can't find this anywhere. I don't want to spend $12 buying malt powder online and then have to pay for shipping when I only have a few recipes that require it.
My question is this: can I use sugar as a substitute for malt powder?
I ask because I was reading a definition of what malt powder is and it says that malt powder is "made from grain that is fermented, then dried and ground. The process turns the grain's starch into sugar." I was thinking, since I can't find it anywhere, that I might be able to use sugar instead of malt powder. If I can't substitute it, does anyone have any suggestions of where else I can look for it.