Tonawanda News — This “pin” was probably among the first I saw upon joining Pinterest that I thought, “No way could that work!”
I imagined rock-hard, chewy or even liquified molten brownie, perhaps forever ruining one of my favorite coffee mugs. Microwave brownie — there’s also cake and cookie versions — in a mug? No way.
I broke down and gave it a try this week because, frankly, I had completely forgotten I needed to write this column, and I had all the ingredients on hand.
In essence, I guess that’s what a lot of Pinterest projects are all about — making do with what you have around the house.
The brownie in a mug is rather simple, in fact I spent more time trying to get a decent photograph of the thing than I did making it. (The mug was a gift from my cousins when they were babies. The oldest, incidentally, is graduating from high school on the day of this writing. Boy, I feel old.)
You basically pile all the dry ingredients directly into the mug (yay, no dirty mixing bowl): 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly, then add the wet: 2 tablespoons of olive oil and three tablespoons of water.
Mix all ingredients until the batter is consistent. At this point I was a little worried because my batter appeared thicker than the one in the original pin photo, but I just went with it.
Put the mug in the microwave and heat for 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Let the brownie cool for a bit, because it’s definitely molten-lava hot.
The result? Not so bad. It wasn’t chewy, tough or liquified. OK, so a tiny bit was still slightly liquid toward the bottom, but I didn’t mind it because it kept the brownie nice and moist.
This isn’t the best brownie in the world. It’s probably a bit more cakey than I prefer and it didn’t have that nice crisp top I normally like on my ideal brownie.
But it’ll definitely work in a pinch for when you have that sweet tooth but don’t want to make up a whole pan of brownies or cookies.
I wouldn’t serve this to guests, but go ahead, indulge a little if you feel a chocolate craving coming on a 10 p.m. when you don’t feel like going to great lengths to satisfy it.• WHAT: Microwave brownie in a mug • DIFFICULT: Easy • TIME: 5 minutes or less • RESULT: Pin it. Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter @DanielleHaynes1. Search for "Greater Niagara Newspapers Lifestyle" on Pinterest.