As a first year university student living in college it quickly became obvious that the extent of everyone’s cooking endeavours revolves around packaged noodles and frozen foods. Not that Mi-Goreng doesn’t cater to everyone’s nutritional requirements – I mean, dehydrated vegetables, salt from the sauces, oils and a dash of carbohydrates – what more does a person need? However I am here to tell you that the cooking utilities available (and by “cooking utilities” I mean microwaves and fridges) provide for the opportunity to create and bake items of much more variance and taste.
Coming from a home where not a day goes by where I do not cook something, college life was quick to send me tumbling through an oven-less and stove-less existence. However, it quickly became apparent that all was not lost. After the clouds cleared I was confronted by the cooking powers of the microwave and I have never looked back. So, I have decided to share some secrets with you guys, starting with a recipe for a chocolate peanut butter mug cake with peanut butter mousse. Sounds good, tastes better I assure you. This is a very simple recipe which you can make and share with friends over a movie or chats in your room. It also makes the perfect study buddy. It is the ultimate of comfort foods with a soft texture and an intense and rich chocolate and peanut butter flavour.
Now before we get started; when it comes to microwave cooking there are two golden rules which one must adhere to in order to somewhat aid their success. The first being – do not put metal in the microwave. Don’t even test this, just believe me or go on YouTube if you want to see it for yourself. Just don’t do it, okay? And second and most simply – whilst cooking in the microwave keep an eye on it at all times.
The Cake Ingredients - 2 Tablespoons Butter - 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter - ½ Teaspoons Vanilla - 1 Egg - 2 Tablespoons Sugar - 2 Tablespoons Plain Flour - 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder - 1/8 Teaspoon Salt - 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Powder - 3 Tablespoons of Chocolate Chips
Directions 1) Melt the butter in a small bowl. Add the peanut butter and combine.
2) Mix together the egg, vanilla and sugar in the mug before adding the flour, salt, cocoa, chocolate chips and baking powder. Then add the butter and peanut butter mixture and stir all ingredients until well combined.
3) Cook in the microwave for approximately one and a half minutes or until desired readiness.
4)Cover with peanut butter mousse.
Ingredients - 1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese - 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter - ½ Teaspoon Vanilla - 1 Tablespoon of Icing Sugar
Directions 1) Mix all ingredients until well combined and smooth.
By Ashley Pianca