Because of the success of this old little experiment, I made sure to save this picture that I found for later experimentation. It promised quick chocolatey goodness in under two minutes using very little ingredients. That day came when I was in need of a quick chocolate fix (it always does) and thought to try out this little picture recipe of old.
The only substitutions I made from the recipe were canola oil instead of olive oil, plain old water instead of 100% natural spring water, dutch-processed cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder, and about 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts just because.
I dumped in the dry ingredients in a mug, stirred them up a bit, then added the wet ingredients, mixed it until everything was even, topped it with the nuts, and then popped it in the microwave for a minute and a half on high. Easy as pie, eh?
I did the toothpick test to check if it was cooked through, and it was! It was looking pretty good at this point. In my mug was a single serving of a moist and tasty little chocolate brownie “baked” in under 2 minutes, like the recipe promised. Protip: Exercise a little self control and do not attempt to nom right off the microwave. Allow it a couple minutes to rest, for it is hot. Tongue-burning kind of hot. Trust me on this, or trust my tongue at least.
Scooping a hefty spoonful out, this microwaved chocolate brownie cake in a mug was warm, moist, and fluffy, like a happy baked treat should be. This is the part where all the good ends. The taste test came next, which in my opinion is the most important portion, and this microwaved chocolate brownie cake thing failed it miserably.
Sure the texture was fluffy, but it tasted more like fluffy brown paste rather than a chocolate brownie. Sure it was moist, but it still tasted like moist brown paste.
Perhaps, I was expecting a little too much. Chewy brownie recipes usually have a lot of egg in them, this has none. They usually also take a while to bake in an oven, this took me two minutes in a microwave. I guess you just can’t rush delicious.
If you’re wondering what happened next, I chucked out the rest and opened a bar of Nestle Crunch instead.
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