I was feeling in the mood for something sweet this month, and decided to search online for cakes using Japanese ingredients. I came across this Sachie’s Kitchen recipe for Miso Walnut Brownies, which looked really good, and then found this blog where someone actually tried the recipe. On the I ❤ Bake Club blog Frances explains how she adapted the recipe slightly because the original seemed too dry, so I went with her version…
Miso Walnut Brownies
- 1 & 1/4 cups self-raising flour
- 125g butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp miso
- 4 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely crushed (plus some larger pieces for decoration)
- 1 egg
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
Combine miso and 1 tbsp yoghurt in a small bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
Add the miso-yoghurt mix and the walnuts to the large bowl and mix well.
Sift the flour into the mixture. Add an egg and three more tbsp of yoghurt to make a wet batter.
Pour the mixture into a cake tin and sprinkle with walnut pieces.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and rest until cool.
Cut into squares and serve.
I have to say, this is one of the yummiest cakes I’ve baked in a long time! I was a little bit apprehensive about using miso in a sweet dish, but it totally works! I suspect it also makes these brownies a little bit healthier than traditional chocolate brownies, although they do still contain sugar of course. Have you ever used miso in a sweet dish? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
I’ll be back in November with a new recipe. If you have any suggestions, or perhaps you would like me to try one of your recipes from a book or website, please leave a comment below or get in touch! All the recipes I try on this blog have some connection to Japan and, because I don’t eat meat, they need to be vegetarian or pescetarian. I’m particularly interested in helping to promote Japanese recipe books, so do let me know if you have one I might like!
I really can’t imagine using miso in brownies, but if you say it works, I believe you 🙂 I’ll put this recipe on my looong to bake in my tiny microwave-that-acts-like-an-oven with the oven setting 🙂
list. Oops, forgot a word there! I was too click happy :p
I promise it works! I was sceptical too, but pleasantly surprised! 😀
These look great – I really like salted chocolate and caramel – does the miso provide that sort of salty twang? Or does the sugar overpower the immediate miso taste and just add more depth of flavour. I’m definitely gonna give this recipe a go sometime!
There is a definite twang! Do let me know if you like them when you make them! 🙂
They look pretty good! We tried some Gujo Miso Soft Serve Ice Cream in Gujo Hachiman and it was really good. The miso tasted very similar to caramel and had a nice savoury flavour 🙂
Mm… that ice cream sounds good! I’m wondering now what other Japanese ingredients I can put into cakes!
I tried it already and the brownies are really delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe! (:
You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked them! 🙂