Share a mug of sweetness with someone

Story by Valerie Phillips
(Standard-Examiner)
Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Want to do something homemade without the hassle? Try this Molten Mug Brownie.

It takes about three minutes to make, from start to finish. Just mix and zap. You’ve got a rich, gooey chocolate fix without washing a bowl or baking pan.

Because you make it in a mug instead of a whole batch, there’s also some built-in portion control. The recipe I devised for a large 12- or 16-ounce mug makes a rich dessert that’s plenty for two people to share, which adds a romantic note as well.

This is also a great idea for college students or others who don’t have an oven.

I’ve seen a lot of mug-cake recipes on the Internet. But the ones that included a lot of flour and egg ended up rubbery, without much chocolate flavor. I wanted something that tasted decadent, but without much work. So I turned to brownie mix, butter and chocolate chips.

Choose a microwaveable, 12- to 14-ounce mug. During cooking, the batter bubbles up before sinking, so it could overflow in a smaller size cup. If you try to adjust the recipe to make a smaller portion, you will need to subtract some microwaving time so the batter doesn’t overcook.

Use real butter; low-fat margarine spread contains water and won’t give you the rich, gooey consistency. I tried making this with vegetable oil instead of butter, and I liked the buttery flavor best.

When you take the mug out of the microwave, the molten batter continues to cook. It’s super hot, so allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before you serve it. I think it’s best when served while it’s still warm.

A glass of cold milk is a good accompaniment.

Molten Mug Brownie

12-to-16-ounce ounce microwaveable mug

1 cup packaged fudge brownie mix (reserve the rest for later)

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup chocolate chips

In the mug, stir together brownie mix, water and melted butter until well-blended. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Place the chocolate chips on top of the bubbling batter. Do not stir. Microwave 1 more minute, on high.

Remove the mug from the microwave. Mixture will continue to cook while cooling.

Cool 10 minutes; serve warm, with 2 spoons for sharing. Brownie will have a fudgy, gooey consistency. Makes 2 servings.

Options: Add 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, a marshmallow, or chopped-up pieces of your favorite candy bar when you add the chocolate chips. Or, serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Valerie Phillips blogs at www.chewandchat.blogspot.com.

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