Recipe for Coffee Cup Blonde Brownies cooked in the mircrowave
As someone with an insatiable sweet tooth, I try not to bake cakes or brownies unless I have a plan for sharing them with others.
Otherwise, I'm likely to eat the whole pan. Not healthy, but true. Know your weaknesses, right?
So I was thrilled when I discovered a recipe for Mug Brownies, in which you mix up a small amount of ingredients and cook for a little more than a minute in your microwave. This is perfect when you're alone and don't want to tempt yourself with a pan of brownies. It's also a great baked treat when it's hot - you can have a warm brownie but don't have to turn on your oven. Our oven seems to really heat up our entire house.
Recently, though, I decided I wanted to try modifying the above recipe to make a blonde brownie. It took a couple of tries, but I came up with a recipe I think is pretty solid. Here it is - you could probably also add chocolate chips or nuts, but I stuck with the plain version. This also comes out a bit cakey, because of the baking powder. If you want a more fudgey consistency, I'd suggest skipping that ingredient.
Coffee Cup Blonde Brownie
5 tablespoons flour (I used whole wheat)
3 level tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened (I softened mine in the microwave - it seemed silly to leave out such a small quantity of butter to soften)
3 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt (I just shake the salt shaker once over the mug)
Mix well in at least a 12-ounce mug (I typically make brownies in my favorite oversize Fiesta mug and it works OK), until all ingredients are incorporated, especially butter.
Put in microwave on high for one minute. My microwave usually takes more like a minute and 30 seconds to cook my brownie properly. I'd just try a minute first, and then add 10-second intervals until you find the time that works with your microwave.
Let it cool a bit before eating, and then enjoy your brownie!