I don’t know about ya’ll, but there are a few things I can’t get enough of- chocolate, a good wine and this new fangled site- PINTEREST! I swear I spend half my day pinnin‘ stuff I can’t wait to try out later. You got a hankerin’ for some fall recipe that looks yummy on Pinterest? You feel like bein’ creative with some holiday craft that Pinterest makes look simple? Or maybe ya’ll wanna know if those eco-friendly cleaning solutions really work from Pinterest. But you done tried some of it and realized, it wasn’t as easy as they said? Now even I have to admit some of what they pin on there is harder than ridin‘ side saddle down the Grand Canyon ya’ll. So to help us all out, I’m gonna be tryin’ stuff, workin’ out the flaws and sharin’ with ya’ll my tips! How’s that sound? Let ol‘ Military Martha work out the bubbles in the batter for ya! And here is my first project. The Brownie in a Mug-
The recipe calls for:
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of flour
2 Tablespoons of cocoa (I used the unsweetened Hersey’s brand)
a pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
3 Tablespoons of water
ice cream (optional)
Mix the dry ingredients together in a microwave safe mug, add the water and oil, stir until liquid consistent. Then put it all in the microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Take it out, let it cool slightly cause it’s hot, and then add ice cream if you want.
I followed these instructions to the letter ya’ll… and what I ended up with at first was a really under cooked brownie, and then somethin’ so dry, sand from the Sahara would have tasted better! So here’s my changes to make it taste even better!
Same ingredients as above, but add;
2 Tablespoons of sour cream
handful of walnuts
home-made vanilla ice cream
Do not trust the time if ya’ll have a wonky microwave like I do. I set mine for one minute, checked to see if it was done, then added another minute until it was. My microwave took 3 minutes to cook this brownie in a mug. Keep in mind times vary, and the thickness of your mug might add to cooking time. And I disagree with ice cream bein’ optional- it really shouldn’t be optional- serve warm with home-made vanilla ice cream.
Changing the cookin’ times didn’t help combat the dry texture much. The dry consistency of the brownie baffled me for a bit- if I cooked it for less than a minute it was undercooked, but lettin’ it cook for enough time made it dry. So I thought- SOUR CREAM! I know it sounds strange, but a good dollop of sour cream makes any cake batter moist and delicious. Now the walnuts are a personal choice for me. Cause let’s face it ya’ll I love my brownies like I do my family- sweet with a bunch of nuts in it!
Now with those simple changes ya’ll, it’s one of the quickest, tastiest desserts I’ve ever had. My kids love to have this as an after school dessert once a week. And it’s so easy even SGM Martha can make it. Ya’ll should try it! I promise it’s delicious!
So until next month- Happy Pinnin’ ya’ll!