I hadn’t intended to make a brownie in a mug.
I hadn’t even pinned the link on my Pinterest dessert board.
Pursuing the Pinterest late one evening while simultaneously Skyping with some friends in the United States, I saw a friend pin a recipe I’d seen hundreds of time. It promised that I could make a perfectly delicious, ooey, gooey, delectable BROWNIE IN A MUG (with only six ingredients and 1 minute and 40 seconds of microwave time).
Just last week I tried to make brownies from scratch (ie: not using a box). They were delicious, but didn’t look anything like any brownies I’d ever made. I blame it on being in a foreign country where ingredients aren’t what they appear to be (and convincing myself that hot chocolate powder could be a reasonable substitute for “cocoa powder”).
|My ugly, albeit delicious brownies (not in a mug).|
So when this little pin told me a single serving of brownie deliciousness was awaiting me, I decided to try it.
I stirred the dry ingredients, mixed in the wet ingredients, and let the tiny particles of energy heat the liquid particles and sap all of the nutrition out of the dessert. (“Dessert has nutritional content?” you ask. Of course it does. You know that little tippy top of the food pyramid you learned about as a kid? —Nutrition, I tell you.)
After the microwave did its thing, the mug was as hot as a firecracker fuse on the 4th of July. So I carefully took it out of the microwave, and naturally, didn’t wait any time to dig right in. After burning my tongue on the first three bites or so, I could taste again. It tasted like chocolate cake, with too much salt. Maybe my measurements were off, maybe we can blame the foreign country again, or maybe this recipe simply stinks.
Next time you want brownies, put some effort into it and make a whole batch. If you don’t want to eat a whole pan of brownies, make them anyway and share with your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. I guarantee they will appreciate it--unless they are on a diet, then hide them.
The point is, don’t settle for a sub-par brownie experience just because you think eating out of a mug is cute. It’s not. Mugs are for drinking coffee, not eating desserts.
Let's count this for Pinterest recipe No. 7 on my [25 before 25] list. Visit my foods! board on Pinterest, and let me know what you think I should attempt to make next!
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