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Flourless Soy Sauce Brownies

By Hetty McKinnon - Friend of Milk Street

Flourless Soy Sauce Brownies

"A few years ago I posted a recipe for Vegemite brownies on my website, which raised some eyebrows. Yes, the use of this yeasty, uber-umami sandwich spread in a brownie is surprising, but it brings a complex depth of flavor that is quite unique. These soy sauce brownies are of a similar ilk—where salt is widely used to amplify the“chocolatey” flavors in desserts, soy sauce brings a rich caramel glow.The taste very much resembles salted caramel.This brownie is gluten free, by way of nutty almond meal and a gluten-free soy sauce. There are many different gluten-free soy sauces on the market and they all work well in this recipe." — Friend of Milk Street Hetty McKinnon

Reprinted with permission from "To Asia, With Love," by Hetty McKinnon, copyright © 2021. Published by Prestel Publishing. Photography: Hetty McKinnon.


Substitutions: Instead of tamari or soy sauce, use 1½ tablespoons Vegemite or 2 teaspoons sea salt flakes. Or, instead almond meal, use hazelnut meal or ground walnuts.


  • 1

    stick (8 tablespoons / 115 g) unsalted butter

  • 1

    cup (175 g) semisweet or dark chocolate bits


  1. 01
    Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line a 9-inch (22.5 cm)square baking pan.

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