Simple Brownie in a Mug Recipe
When it comes to desserts, there are very few items that can beat a good brownie. To make things easier, we have ditched the conventional way of making this dessert and switched to mugs! Now, we get to enjoy the rich chocolate cake without worrying much about the post-baking clean-up.
Also, since these brownies are mostly a single-serve treat, they do not require a huge pile of ingredients and neither do they use up a whole lot of your time and energy! So, you can enjoy this dessert in a mug even when you are short on ingredients or are on a time crunch.
Here’s a recipe on how to make brownie in a mug that is easy to follow and hassle-free!
- Flour ¼ cup
- White/brown sugar (any) ¼ cup
- Water/milk (any) ¼ cup
- Unsweetened cocoa 2 tbsp.
- Cooking oil 3 tbsp.
- Vanilla extract 1 tsp.
- Salt pinch
Steps for Making Brownies in a Mug
- Choosing a mug
Your first and foremost task will be to pick out a suitable mug for making the brownie. A basic ceramic mug that is microwave-safe should do the job. Avoid any mug that has any kind of metal on it. The best idea will be to choose a mug that is plain, unembellished and made of ceramic.
- Mixing the flour, sugar and unsweetened cocoa
Put the flour, sugar and unsweetened cocoa in the ceramic mug, in their required amounts. Using a small fork or whisk, combine and mix these ingredients in the mug until they are well-incorporated. Make sure that no lumps form or remain in the flour-sugar-cocoa mix because it needs to be uniformly blended.
- Adding the water or milk
Depending on what you choose, add the water or milk to the mix in the ceramic mug. Gently stir the ingredients inside the mug to mix them as much as you can. At this stage, it may not look like the batter is coming together or is entirely mixed. However, this is completely normal and there is no reason for you to get alarmed. The oil is yet to be added which when added, will fix this.
- Adding the oil and vanilla
Following the recipe, pour the oil and vanilla inside the mug and stir to combine well. Any kind of cooking oil may be used but we recommend using one that does not have a strong flavor of its own. Otherwise, it may overpower other flavors of the dessert like the vanilla or cocoa. You could definitely opt for a light olive oil but in our opinion, vegetable oil or canola oil will simply be the best options.
Also, a lot of people may want to use butter or coconut oil which are equally good options. In case you do use them, just remember that they need to be melted before they can be added to the mix itself.
- Blending it all together
Now that all the ingredients for the microwave brownie have been added to the mug, mix well once more using a small fork or whisk. Work your preferred tool till all the lumps or pockets of flour and cocoa dissolve into rest of the mix. This will give you a delicious chocolaty batter that is rich and velvety.
- Preparing to microwave the brownie batter
More often than not, you are likely to notice that the brownie batter is spilling over when it has been put in the microwave. A lot of factors play a part in it, including the size of the mug you are using and the strength or power of your microwave. Nonetheless, to make the clean-up for the spill easier for yourself, position the mug over a plate before you put it inside the microwave. This is guaranteed to save you from a lot of hassle.
- Microwaving the brownie
The average time taken by a brownie in a mug to cook in the microwave is 60 seconds. Of course, the time varies from person to person, taking more or less depending on the batter. However, 1 minute is a safe place to start. Dip your fork or a toothpick inside the brownie after the batter has been microwaved for minute, to know what the consistency of the brownie is.
Now, if it is just how you like your brownie, then dig in without hesitation! But if it does not satisfy you or seems too wet, microwave for another 30 seconds and continue to do so in 30-second intervals till you reach the consistency you wish for.
With that, we can conclude the recipe for this incredible dessert in a mug. On an important note, this brownie recipe will be ideal for those who like a little gooey and fudgy brownie. It has been designed to make the brownies that way and if it yours looks wet, it is simply because of the recipe. However, you can get firmer brownies if you microwave for a few more seconds. But if the gooey, wet brownie calls out to you, it will be best to microwave a little less.
There are many variations to this recipe that you could try. For example, adding a beaten egg to the brownie mix will make it thicker and richer. Just make sure to add it to the wet ingredients before mixing it in with the dry ones. And do microwave for an extra 30 seconds for the egg to get cooked properly.
You may also use brown sugar instead of the regular granulated sugar. This will give you brownies that are moister and wetter. But the best idea of all will definitely be adding chocolate chips to the batter at the very last. When microwaved, the chips will melt partly. And if that does not make your mouth water, then we do not know what will!