Miso Chocolate Fondant

You’re used to miso in savoury dishes, but in desserts?

As unusual as it might sound, the Japanese paste is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate, bringing a salty, umami dimension to a dish – almost like salted caramel, but better. Trust us, you’ll want to try this one.

Read: Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sour Cherry Salame

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 11/2 tablespoons white miso
  • 50g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 150g raspberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas mark 4.

Add the sesame seeds to a mini food processor, or using a pestle and mortar, crush to form a coarse powder. Butter four 7cm ramekins or pudding moulds and sprinkle the crushed sesame seeds inside, coating the bottom and edges of the ramekin completely.

Add the butter, miso and chocolate to a heatproof bowl set over a pan of just simmering water, ensuring the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Melt and combine the mix until smooth, then set aside to cool.

Read: Egg-Free Chocolate Custard

Beat the egg, yolk and sugar in a separate bowl until the mixture is thick, pale and airy. Fold in the chocolate miso mixture with a large metal spoon. Sieve in the flour and fold this through.

Divide the mixture between the four ramekins and place on the middle shelf of the oven to cook for 12 minutes. Remove and leave to cool for two minutes. As they cool, they should shrink away from the edges of the ramekins slightly.

Read: Chocolate Fondue

Carefully invert the fondants onto a serving plate and serve with your favourite ice cream or pouring cream and a small handful of raspberries.

Bowls & Broths by Pippa Middlehurst is published by Quadrille, available now. Photography by India Hobson & Magnus Edmondson.

Are you a miso fan? Have you ever had it in a sweet dish? Please share how the recipe worked for you in the comments section below.

– With PA

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