As much as I love baking, there are some days I know that if I make a batch of brownies I will eat it all in one sitting. Luckily for me, someone else felt this way as well and invented the mug brownie.
A quick google search returns what seems like an endless collection of mug brownie recipes, each promising to be more delicious and fudgy than the next. Much like Goldilocks, I’m not content to settle so I knew I had to try them all until I found the one that was just right. You are welcome world.
For those who want to do their own investigating, there are a number of cookbooks and blogs dedicated to cooking in a mug (how economical) as well as a reddit thread on the topic. Best of luck in your quest.
And now the results from that time I made way too many mug brownies. Yesterday, that time was yesterday.
This brownie had a great chocolate taste but it produced a very small brownie. The recipe itself was very simple and minimized the tools needed to just a teaspoon. Downside of this of course is that measuring out eight teaspoons of something seems silly when you could just use two tablespoons and 2 teaspoons.
I thought this recipe was interesting because unlike most of them, it calls for olive oil. In fact, most mug brownie recipes specifically warn against using olive oil because of its strong and overpowering taste. It also calls for brown sugar, which I found messed with the texture that I had enjoyed in the first one.
This was the only recipe I tested that called for egg, which lead to it turning out very different from the others. For starters, it rose to the top of the microwave while cooking which made for quite a sight when I opened the microwave! It also tasted far dryer and more cake-like compared to the other three recipes.
Last but not least was the winner of today’s taste test! It wasn’t as small as the first one, it was fudgier than the second one and wasn’t as dry as the third one. Some might say it was just right. While these really should be eaten immediately, this final recipe lasted the best when the brownies sat out being photographed. I’ll take that as proof that it truly is the top choice.
The best part of the mug brownie? I can top it with a scoop of whatever ice cream I have on hand!