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May 28, 2013

PINSPIRED: Microwave brownie in a mug not so bad

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.

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