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You know and love her for her approachable baking recipes, but Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty and Simple, is more than just cookies and confections (though there are plenty of those). This time, she’s blending sweet and savory in some inventive and downright irresistible recipes—like this miso-maple loaf.
“If I owned a bed-and-breakfast,” Greenspan writes, “I’d make this my signature treat. Sturdy, coarse-crumbed (I say this with admiration) and on the brink of savory, the loaf is reminiscent of many crowd-pleasers. It may make you think of honey cake or gingerbread or banana bread, but in the end, it will never be anything other than itself—it’s an original.”
Describing the unusual pairing, she says, “The miso and maple are less stand-out individual players than they are a team working together to create flavors that are robust, warm and mysterious. And, along with the recipe’s buttermilk, their moistness contributes to the bread’s lovely crumb, which is slightly open and very tender.”
Greenspan prefers white (shiro) miso here, but if you’re looking for a stronger flavor, you can try red. You can also trade the orange or tangerine zest with lemon, for a twist.
Excerpted from Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty, & Simple © 2021 by Dorie Greenspan. Photography © 2021 by Mark Weinberg. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
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