Okay, so I tried making a brownie in a mug once before (you can check out that post here), but I wasn’t entirely happy with the results of that first attempt. It was pretty good, just not quite what I was looking for. But I was craving brownies again recently, so I thought I’d try again.
I decided to go with a new recipe this time, though. I wanted to see if it would turn out the same, or if it would give me something a bit different. In my search, I stumbled upon Where’s_The_Beef?’s Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie, posted over at Food.com.
And do you know what happened? I ended up loving the recipe.
Looking at the ingredients list, the biggest difference between this recipe and the Simply Recipes one is the liquid that was used. The Simply Recipes version calls for oil and a 1/4 cup of water, whereas this version calls for melted butter and only 2 tablespoons of water.
I noticed the difference in taste immediately. This version had a bit more of a chocolate taste to it, even though both recipes called for the same amount of cocoa powder. I also preferred the texture of this version – it was a bit closer to cake, which is the texture I like to end up with when I make a full brownie recipe.
Bringing everything together was just as easy in this recipe as it was in the Simply Recipes version. I just melted my butter in the mug, and then added everything to it as the recipe directed. When it came time to bake, I found 80 seconds to be the perfect time for me. The recipe recommends anywhere between 60 and 90 seconds, so you may want to start at a lower time and work your way up from there.
As I said, the taste of this version was amazing. There’s still a little bit of playing that I want to do with the recipe – some reviewers on the Food.com site recommended using milk instead of water, and I think adding some cinnamon would be wonderful – but I do believe I’ve found the brownie-in-a-mug base recipe I’ve been looking for.