Both of the elements that make up this flavour are more commonly associate with savoury dishes. Despite this together they create a hybrid flavour reminiscent of salted caramel and peanut butter.
A little bit about Miso…..
Put very simply, miso is a paste produced by fermenting soybeans, often also with the addition of rice, barely, wheat or a combination of these. Originally from China, Japanese cuisine adopted the original soybean paste and made it their own. When you think of miso, you probably think of soup or seasoning or a seasoning in savoury recipes. But the flavours expand far beyond that.
Very broadly speaking you’ll find 3 varieties. Red, White and awase which is a mixture of both. In reality there are many other varieties, but what really matters is that these brownies contain Hikari red miso, which is a rustic miso made with rice koji under a long fermentation process, which results in a rich umami flavour.
A little bit about Black Sesame……
You might think of black sesame seeds as good garnish for salads, noodle dishes or sushi. But in Asian cuisine, it appears extensively in sweet foods. Probably the most well known black sesame recipe in southeast Asia is black sesame soup. A traditional dessert eaten for it’s health benefits, it’s very simple with very few ingredients, but perhaps not the most indulgent.
Black sesame also commonly appears as a filling for mochi, alongside ground peanuts, so it certainly has a clear place in desserts.
Black Sesame & Miso….
Miso is mostly known its salty umami flavour, it actually carries lot of sweetness, which prevents the savoury tones dominating. Leave your perceptions at the door, you may have tried miso before, but you probably haven’t experienced it like this. In combination with black sesame, it truly becomes a flavour beyond the brilliance of peanut butter and salted caramel.