Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

Miso Tasty, my favourite supplier of miso (みそ) in the UK, created by chef and food blogger extraordinaire Bonnie Chung, has just published a fantastic new cookbook! Not only is this a lovely book to have on your shelf (it feels nice and fabricy and is beautifully designed with delicious photos throughout), it’s also packed with interesting and unique recipes which just have to be tried! On first flick I found at least ten things I wanted to cook, and it’s taken me a couple of weeks to decide what to make. The book includes all sorts of recipes, both savoury and sweet, but since The Great British Bake Off is back on TV this week I thought I’d dust off my whisk and try my hand at baking some ‘dark miso fudge chocolate brownies’. Yum.

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Here’s the recipe taken directly from the wonderful Miso Tasty Cookbook, which can be bought online (along with all the miso you could ever need) right here.

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g good quality 7-% cocoa solids chocolate
  • 100g white miso
  • 220g golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 70g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Lightly butter a 20cm square baking tin.

Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water over a medium heat. Break the chocolate into the bowl and melt it with the butter and miso into a thick sauce.

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder, flour and cocoa powder. Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the melted chocolate mixture.

Remove the batter from the heat. Whisk in the eggs and egg yolk.

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30-40 minutes: it will be slightly cracked on top, with a soft fudgy consistency inside. (*drool*)

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

Since miso doesn’t melt, its chew adds a unique texture and prevents the brownie from drying out once cooled. Serve with cream or ice cream.

Cooking: Miso Tasty Dark Miso Fudge Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are seriously tasty, even if I do say so myself. What a simple and delicious recipe! Miso is traditionally used in soups and other savoury foods but, like chilli, I think miso could be the new special ingredient for unusual sweet treats, and it goes really well with chocolate. These brownies are moist, rich and very moreish. Nom.

The Miso Tasty Cookbook includes lots of information about miso and Japanese food and cooking, as well as around 60 recipes ranging from classics (miso soup, chanko nabe, miso ramen) to the more unusual (miso and coconut butter breakfast spread, tuna and miso cheese toastie, red miso pannacotta). In fact, there are so many choices I can’t decide what to cook next, so will you help me? Please cast your vote below!

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the Miso Tasty Cookbook (and I seriously recommend you do), visit the Miso Tasty website and you can buy the book online for just £14.99 (at the moment signed copies are available).

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

  1. I would never expect the words ‘miso’ and ‘brownie’ to go together! I’ll have to get my hands on this book but look forward to seeing more recipes from you. Also, we have the same plates 😛

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