Brown Sugar-Miso Ice Cream

by Tokyo Terrace on May 15, 2011

Its taken some time, but I feel like my brain has finally made it back to the land of the living. For the past two months, I have felt a little overwhelmed for various reasons and that has done a pretty successful job of sucking the life out of my creative thinking. Fortunately, it gave me a chance to focus on some more traditional recipes which helped me baby-step my way to what I have to share with you today.

Ive said before that the best ideas are often accidents. This is no exception. It all started when I was asked to make some ice-cream. I knew I wanted it to be something different. None of this chocolate-vanilla-strawberry stuff. I was getting nowhere productive until I came home from running errands to find an order that I had made a few days ago had arrived! I opened the box and took out white miso paste, udon noodles, and yuzu marmalade.

OK, I can work with this. (Well, not the noodles)

It took me two seconds to decide that I was going to make miso ice cream! Yes. This was a good idea (that could potentially flop, but lets not encourage negative thinking).

I began taking out the necessary ingredients for my ice cream whengasp!there was no sugar!

OK, its fine, you can figure something else out.

*Silenceblank stare at the cupboard*

Then there it was- my answer to the problem- brown sugar! I had heard of brown sugar ice cream before, so why not?

A little mixing, a little heating, a little churning, and about 2 hours later I was ready to taste this new creation.

I timidly took a spoon and scooped a small bite directly out of the ice cream maker. I smelled it and it reminded me of the topping for an upside down cake. Toasty, buttery, and warm.

The flavor was, as I told La Fuji Mama on twitter, like salted caramel on steroids. Since white miso has a relatively mild flavor, it melded perfectly with the nutty brown sugar to create a flavor reminiscent of salted caramel but with an added umami depth that can only come from miso. It was perfect.

So, I made another batch just to make sure it wasnt a fluke! Ive made 3 batches now and it is most definitely NOT a mistake.

All I have to say is this: if you are an ice cream lover, you must make this. Its exciting and different and perfect to get yourself out of whatever rut you may find yourself swimming in.

Brown Sugar-Miso Ice Cream

Makes 1 quart

1 cup whole milk

1 cup light brown sugar (you can also use dark if thats all you have)

2 tablespoons white miso paste

5 egg yolks

2 cups heavy cream

Combine the milk, brown sugar and white miso paste in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and break up the miso paste. If there are still chunks, dont worry- they will break down when it is heated as long as you stir it well.

Pour the cream into a large metal or glass mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator.

Separate the egg yolks and put them in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Take the milk, brown sugar and miso mixture and transfer to a medium saucepan. Place over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. You dont want to heat the mixture too quickly, so this step may take a few minutes. The milk mixture should not come to a simmer, but you may see 2 or three bubbles come to the surface, which is fine. The sign that it is done heating is that the sugar is completely dissolved and steam is steadily rising from the top.

Remove the milk mixture from the heat. Gradually pour the hot liquid over the egg yolks, whisking constantly to avoid the eggs scrambling. Return the liquid and egg mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Use a spatula to stir the liquid constantly until it begins to thicken and coat the spatula. This can take about 10 minutes. Again, dont heat it too fast! Patience, grasshopper

Now, remove the pan from the heat and take the cream out of the refrigerator. Pour the hot liquid into the cream, stirring constantly until the mixture has cooled down. Cover with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Take your ice cream base and put it in an ice cream maker. Follow manufacturers instructions.

When the ice cream has reached a soft-serve type of thickness, transfer it to a separate container and freeze for about 1-2 hours before serving.

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  • Adoras Box

    What a great idea. I like unusual food combinations. I agree with you. Sometimes the creative juices seems to dry up, then suddenly gushes out again.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

     That sounds fantastic! What an awesome flavor combination, I can just imagine it.

  • Alyson @ Dates & Quinces

    This looks insane. I love the idea of salted caramel on steroids. Definitely going into my must-try pile of recipes!

  • Peggy Labor

     I love this awesome combination!  Definitely going to bust out my ice cream maker soon!

  • M.E.

     I just made the mixture for this and am letting it cool.  jkasdl;fadls SO impatient, this is a great recipe!

  • Jan

     This looks delicious!

  • Jan

     This looks delicious!

  • Tiffany

     What a creative ice cream!

  • farida winarni

    I love Brown Sugar and fresh Ice cream so great your recipe wanna to make it soon, thanks for share.


  • projectfoodlab : italy

    miso, sweet and cold. nice. i like it!

  • J. @ kawaii kitchen

    Looks and sounds delicious!As I dont have an Ice cream maker do you think this recipe is also going to work by simply freezing the ice cream and stirring every 30 minutes or so?

  • Joyti

    Oo, it sounds incredible. Especially the bits about salted caramel on steroids and the added umami. 

  • Sade Williams

    What a wonderful combination! I cant wait to try it!!

  • Winnie

    Love this! BTW Ive made chocolate ice cream with red miso before and it was amazing!!!

  • Shichimi

    Wow wow. Im so glad you thought of this!  I wonder if a darker version made with 赤味噌 and Okinawan 黒砂糖 would work?

  • Em

    What a brilliant idea! It makes me want to get an ice cream maker, just so that I can make this.

  • Anonymous

    Great! I hope you love it as much as we did!

  • Anonymous

    Yay! I hope it turned out well!

  • Anonymous

    I have never tried that method, but I would guess that if you are diligent it would work just fine. If you try, let me know how it goes!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to try this with red miso next time! Glad to hear it works well with chocolate!

  • Anonymous

    Im sure it would! You might need to adjust the amount of miso though- just so the flavor is not too overpowering.

  • Anonymous

    Do it! It would be worth it!

  • Heidi leon

    since you tweet about it and posted the picture on pinterest I´ve been thinking about this miso ice cream too much. Unfortunately, I don´t have an ice cream maker but I will do my best to convince my hubby to make a batch for reasearch purposes only ;)


  • Natasha Cardinez

    Very creative! Would love to try this recipe! 

  • astrorainfall

    Youre so creative!!! Salted caramel ice cream on steroids!!!

  • Azusa

    Wow, I love the idea of this flavor combo! Looks delicious

  • Trikoe

    Im so excited to try this recipe!  I recently started experimenting with adding miso to crumble toppings for apple crisps and crostatas with amazing results.  Hurray for miso!

  • Brigitte Reed

    The only ice cream maker I have is one of those Hamilton pint-sized makers. Is there anyway that you can think of to modify this recipe so that it will work well with one of these? Maybe if I just refrigerate the unfrozen batter, as it were? 

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