Miso's Unlikely Sweet Side: 5 Dessert Recipes Worth Trying

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Miso is often seen as more of a savory ingredient — mixed into salad dressings, rubbed on salmon or chicken, stirred into a soup, or used as a simple sandwich spread. But how about adding it to some of your favorite desserts instead? 

I usually stay away from recipes that use an unlikely or unexpected ingredient just to be different or wacky or garner attention. But that's not the case with these dessert recipes. In these recipes, miso contributes quite a lot. First, it adds a bold saltiness that's really wonderful when paired with chocolate or caramel flavors. Second, it has that often-coveted umami flavor that makes sweeter recipes all the more complex.

Miso allows a dessert to taste a little unidentifiable: your friends or family will wonder, "what's in this delicious, creamy ice cream?" And while a simple, rich vanilla flavor is always delicious, it's nice to mix it up sometimes, too. For those days, a few ideas:

Try a Recipe:

  1. Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream (pictured) - Spa Bettie
  2. Miso Caramel - Food 52
  3. Miso Almond Brownies - Fragrant Vanilla Cake
  4. Chocolate Chip Cookies with Red Miso Buttercream - The Bitten Word
  5. Red Miso Souffle with Ice Cream - Barefoot Kitchen Witch

(Images: Spa Bettie)

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