Dorie Greenspan's Miso-Maple Loaf from her cookbook BAKING WITH DORIE: Sweet, Salty & Simple (Mariner/HarperCollins, 2021).
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:55 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
For the cake
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1¾ teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup sugar
¼ fine sea salt
Finely grated zest of 1 orange or tangerine
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup white miso
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk (well shaken before measuring)
For the glaze (optional)
About 1/4 cup orange marmalade or apricot jam
1 tablespoon water
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8½-inch loaf pan and dust with flour, or use baker’s spray.
Put the sugar, salt, and zest in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl that you can use with a hand mixer. Reach in and rub the ingredients together until the sugar is moist and fragrant; it may even turn orange. Add the butter, miso, and maple syrup to the bowl. If using a stand mixer, attach the bowl and fit it with the paddle attachment.
Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl and beater(s) as needed, until you’ve got a smooth, creamy mixture. One by one, add the eggs, beating for a minute after each goes in. Beat in the vanilla. The mixture might curdle, but this is a temporary condition. Turn off the mixer, add the dry ingredients all at once and then pulse to begin the blending. Beat on low speed until the dry ingredients are almost incorporated. With the mixer still on low, pour in the buttermilk and blend well. Scrape the batter into the pan, working it into the corners and smoothing the top.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, checking the loaf after 40 minutes and covering the top loosely with a foil or parchment tent if it’s browning too fast. The loaf is properly baked when it pulls away from the sides of the pan and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. The top will be flat and most likely cracked down the middle. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the bread rest for 5 minutes, then run a table knife around the edges of the loaf and unmold onto the rack; turn it right side up.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO GLAZE THE LOAF: Stir the marmalade or jam and water together and heat the mixture in the microwave or over low heat until it comes just to a boil. Using a pastry brush (or a spoon), cover the top of the loaf with the glaze. Allow the loaf to cool to room temperature before slicing. STORING: Wrapped well, the cake will keep for about 4 days at room temperature. If it stales—or maybe even if it doesn’t—toast it lightly before serving. If you haven’t glazed it, you can wrap it airtight and freeze it for up to 2 months; defrost, still wrapped, at room temperature.