Miso Muffins with Kale, Carrot and Courgette
If you haven’t tried miso in savoury muffins before, you’re missing a trick. It gives a wonderful umami hit and added depth of flavour. These miso muffins are made with wholemeal spelt flour and loaded with extra veg. We added kale, carrot and courgette, but other veg would work well too. They’re ideal lunch box fair, but would also give an excellent morning boost if you had one for breakfast.
A Baking Challenge
If you’ve not come across the baking challenge Alpha Bakes, you may have had less of a headache than I did recently. A random letter is generated each month and we have to find something to bake where a main ingredient or name begins with that letter. When it happens to be C there is no problem for me – everything I bake has chocolate in it, but when it’s something a little more obscure such as Z, it becomes difficult.
This month’s letter is K. Initially, kiwi fruit came to mind. When I looked in my recipe books, however, I found a few obscurely named recipes beginning with K, but nothing with kiwis. Despite the damage done by pigeons, kale is one of the few crops we’ve managed to grow this year and having initially dismissed this as an ingredient, I decided I really wanted to use some in a bake. Once I’d decided that, it was easy. I resorted to my trusty savoury brunch muffin recipe and adapted it to suit.
The Wonders of Miso
It just so happens (and in a timely manner for #OrganicSeptember), that I was sent a jar of Yutaka organic classic miso paste to try out. Miso is no stranger in this household and we have been using it for more years than I care to remember. We make miso soup, use it instead of stock in our other soups and sometimes just drink it with hot water in a mug. It’s meant to be incredibly good for you. However, other than soup, I’ve not been very adventurous with it. So why not try it out in muffins I thought? As soon as the idea crossed my mind, I knew it was a good one and I was right. The umami flavour it gave to the muffins was perfect. Miso has this uncanny ability to bring out the flavours of other ingredients and that’s exactly what it did here.
For those not in the know, miso originates from Japan and is a paste made from fermented soy beans and grains. It’s full of umami flavours and is a fabulous ingredient for all, but especially vegetarians and vegans. It’s quite salty so a little goes a long way. We always buy an unpasturised version so we get a dose of the beneficial enzymes which are destroyed by the pasturisation process. We add it to soup after it has been taken off the heat and has stopped bubbling. This jar of Yutaka organic miso paste has no information regarding pasteurisation, so I have to assume it has been treated. As I was baking with it, this didn’t really matter. The strap line on the jar reading “good food made Japan-easy” made me laugh. It is available via Sainsbury’s and costs £2.99.
Do Miso Muffins Need Cheese?
The short answer is no, not really. Miso contains enough umami and goodness in its own right and doesn’t need cheese thrown in as an extra. But I had some goat’s cheese in the fridge which was crying out to be used. So I sliced it on top to give a nice crusty surface and it did make for an extra level of yumminess. I probably didn’t need to add the cocoa either, but these just wouldn’t be my signature brunch muffins without it.
Miso Muffins. PIN IT.
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Miso Muffins – The Recipe
Ideal for breakfast, brunch or lunch boxes these savoury muffins are very tasty and packed full of goodness. They're also simple to make.
- 300 g flour (half wholemeal spelt, half white)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 kale leaves – finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot – grated
- 1 medium courgette – grated
- 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
- 2 eggs – large (I used duck eggs)
- 100 ml olive oil
- 100 ml yogurt
- 80 ml milk
- 1 rounded tsp miso
- 100 g goat’s cheese
- Mix the miso with a little of the yogurt, then mix in the rest along with the oil and milk.
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir in the kale, carrot, courgette and garlic. Make a well in the centre.
- Break in the eggs and stir from the middle outwards, gradually adding in the yogurt and miso mixture until everything is just incorporated.
- Divide the mixture between 12 large silicone muffin moulds.
- Cut the cheese first into 12 and then each piece into three or four. Lay these pieces on top of the muffins.
- Bake at 180℃ for 30 to 35 minutes when the muffins should be well risen and the cheese golden. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.
The goats cheese used in these miso muffins nearly ran out of the fridge, it was so desperate to be used. So I’m entering them into the No Food Waste challenge. This is a monthly event coordinated by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
In addition to the cheese that needed using up, we grew the kale, carrot, courgette and garlic that went into these miso muffins. This made them even tastier as well as suitable for Credit Crunch Munch. Hosted by Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours, you’ll find it this month over at Maison Cupcake.
I was sent a jar of miso paste to try. I was not required to right a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and organisations that keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.