Apple & Miso-Butterscotch Crumb Cake

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  • Difficulty

    Medium

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Baking With Licker: Home Baking With Asian Accents

Baking With Licker

By Jason Licker

Published 2020

  • About

Miso enlightened. You can be too.

For Americans like myself, bacon is somehow made even better by adding a touch of maple syrup (preferably near a stack of pancakes). However, not everyone shares this belief. Before we start laughing at them, I’d like to remind my fellow Americans that bacon and maple syrup may be normal to us, but for others, combining the pinnacle of savory flavor with an unapologetic sweetness is not a natural thing.

I mention this now because whenever I’ve talked about pairing butterscotch with miso, even hardened maple syrup and bacon lovers can frown in confusion (or quietly leave the room). On the other hand, some enlightened souls will instantly proclaim me a genius. Which one are you?

Look, you have to try something before you dismiss it, especially a combination as sublime as miso and butterscotch. Using an incredible cream cheese cake, caramelized apples and almond crumble as my perfect foundation, I plan on showing you exactly what you’ve been missing. Yellow miso paste accents the butterscotch in an indescribable way, but the green apple further ignites this harmony with tartness and a crisp orchard flavor. Since an apple a day keeps the doctors away, butterscotch will give them something to do. It’s unreal how good these elements go together, but don’t just take my word for it; try it! Baking is about experimenting. I’d like to invite the doubters to open their eyes, because pairing butterscotch with miso should be the reason I win a Nobel Peace Prize. You just don’t know it yet.

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