Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Decadent Pleasures: Brownie in a Mug

Megan and Lindy have already extolled the virtues of some of their favorite decadent delights. A bubble bath and a glass of wine. Snuggle time with a beloved child, the painstaking preparation of a gourmet meal, whiling away an afternoon with friends.  All balms for the spirit, for sure.

I am also quite fond of a spa pedicure, a Sunday afternoon with a pot of coffee and a pile of old magazines, a week on a cruise ship. But when none of those are available, as is far too often the case, I am willing to settle for something chocolate.

On a good day, I have access to a variety of chocolate treats. A Hershey bar. A bag of Dove dark chocolate squares. A box of Nonni's Cioccolati Biscotti. On a bad day, a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips will do.

But there came a day when there was nothing chocolate in the house. Sure, I had ingredients for baking, but I didn't have time to wait for a cake or a batch of brownies. I didn't even have ten minutes to run to the store. I was a woman in crisis. I needed chocolate in five minutes or less.

Then I remembered a recipe that went around for a while, something about a five-minute microwave cake in a mug. I googled the recipe, gathered the ingredients, and gave it a try.

Blech! Yes, it resembled chocolate, but in a bland, rubbery sort of way. But I felt the idea had possibilities. So later I experimented with a few other recipes. Finally, I hit upon one that was rich, gooey and delicious.

Here are the instructions.

Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie 

2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
4 tablespoons flour

In a 12-ounce coffee mug, combine butter, water, vanilla and salt. Add sugar, cocoa and flour; mix well. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Center will be molten; be careful not to overcook. Serves 1 generously.

A few chopped pecans tossed into the batter make it even better. Delicious topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We are always on the lookout for new decadent pleasures to add to our repertoire. Have we missed any of your favorites?

Author: Pam Asberry


Megan said...

There goes my diet! :) That looks delicious. And who among us hasn't had a chocolate emergency?? Yum.

Pam Asberry said...

Try it, Megan! It is worth every calorie. :-)

Lindy said...

Girl, I'm in for that one. Will try it this afternoon as I will be working away here in the home office right next door to the home kitchen. Thanks for sharing! - Lindy

Pam Asberry said...

It is yummy, Lindy. I made some last night so I could take a picture for the blog and I have been nibbling on it ever since. A little goes a long way! :-)

Julee J. Adams said...

You are soooo bad and I think that's why I like you.

I remembered the Cathy cartoon about how we used to pine in front of the oven to hurry and cook--now we're standing in front of the microwave whining because it takes ninety whole seconds.

Thanks. It sounds like a new favorite thing.

KendallGrey said...

Holy cow, that looks delicious. I'm trying to diet, but I might have to tuck that recipe in some hidden, secret place in my kitchen - just in case of emergency. Hahaha!

Pam Asberry said...

I used to love Cathy, Julee! She was truly a girl after my heart. She would have loved the chocolate brownie in a mug.

Pam Asberry said...

Kendall, it is worth every rich, gooey calorie. Trust me.

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