Meera Sodha’s salted miso brownies

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Meera Sodha’s salted miso brownies

Salted miso brownies

“This one is my perfect brownie: dense and fudgy thanks to the chia seeds; rich, but not sickeningly so; with a salted caramel-like flavour that comes from using white miso and salt together. It makes this brownie incredibly special. And there is no category for that.”

Photo credit: David Loftus


Salted miso brownies 

If I were in charge of brownies and their taxonomy (which, sadly, I’m not), there would be a proper list of categories. The only thing that unifies them really is the chocolate, beyond which they can be cakey, crumbly, chewy or cocoa-ey (and many other things beyond those beginning with the letter ‘c’).

Makes 16 brownies

4½ tbsp milled chia seeds

150g flavourless coconut oil

250g vegan dark chocolate (85%), broken into small pieces

420g light brown Muscovado sugar

120g plain flour

3½ tbsp white miso

1 tsp flaky sea salt


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/400°F/gas 6 and line a 20cm x 22cm cake tin with greaseproof paper

2. In a small bowl, mix the milled chia seeds with 270ml of water and set aside

3. Place the coconut oil and broken chocolate in a medium sized saucepan and set over a low heat

4. Stir occasionally until melted, then mix in the sugar, flour and miso, and crumble in the salt flakes

5. Stir in the soaked and bloomed chia seeds, then pour into the lined tin and gently shake to distribute the mixture

6. Place on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes, then remove.

The brownies might be wobbly in the middle, but they will soon settle down and become deliciously fudgy. Leave to cool completely, then cut into 16 square

“Hosting a party should be fun: cook as much in advance as possible so that you can enjoy the party and if people offer to help, take them up on it. People do enjoy helping out! You don’t have to make everything from scratch – feel free to buy in bits of it. My dream dinner party guests would be my friends and family sat on long tables outside in the summer sunshine. I love dinner with new exciting people, but my favourite people to eat with are those I love – that I don’t see quite enough of.”

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