Monday, February 13, 2012

Instant valentine

How many times have the baking challenged tried to make something special for someone special on valentines day? Often it ends up being a cute, but not delicious, gesture.

I'm proposing that somewhat challenged cooks turn, this year, to the microwave oven and treat your date to a mug brownie. Some of them are very tasty.

They're all over the internet with a wide variation in flavor and texture. In order to get something with the right texture and a rich flavor, I've been working on my own version. You will find that it is less like cake, and more like a true brownie. It has more cocoa than most other recipes, nutella for added flavor complexity, and a bittersweet characteristic.

The recipe for two cakes (cakes for lovers?) follows

1/2 cup flour
3 tbs of sugar
1/4 cup  and 2 tbs of unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup of nutella or peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbs of milk 2 tbs oil
1 tsp of salt
 optional coconut or chocolate chips

Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl.

Divide between 2 glass pudding cups and microwave separately, Each for 75 seconds.

I finished mine off with some caramel sauce and powdered sugar.  I may not take the best food pictures, but seriously this is worth trying.

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