Microwave chocolate chip cake

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A bad, bad craving for something sweet led to the creation of these microwave cakes. I didn't eat much during lunch today and, by mid-afternoon, my stomach was growling. I could have made a sandwich but I wanted something sweet. Fastest and easiest route to satisfy the craving? The microwave oven, of course.This isn't a fussy recipe. You just need one bowl. You don't … [Read more...]

Microwave recipe: cheese-topped baked egg and sardines

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It's 1.00 a.m. on Sunday morning as I start writing this post. We're still up, Sam and Speedy are watching cartoons, Alex is taking a shower and I am here near the oven where I can watch the tray that will yield what I will call dulce de leche squares when they're done. But more on that later; I can't write about something that's still in the oven.The point of this … [Read more...]

Microwave banana and nut cake with streusel topping

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Overripe bananas are best for baking banana cake. In our house, however, where bananas often disappear before they become overripe, I had to ask people not to touch the last two bananas to allow them to become overripe because I so wanted to try and make a microwave version of banana cake.I did last Sunday. Three cakes in mugs for Speedy, my mother and myself. None … [Read more...]

Microwave carrot cupcakes

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So, as I was saying... I’m experimenting on whether regular cake/cupcake recipes can be done in the microwave, period. Maybe just a matter of getting the setting and baking time right. And here's the result of the first experiment.I mixed a carrot cake batter using a recipe not meant for a regular oven. I poured the batter into three mugs, microwaved each for two … [Read more...]

Microwave chocolate cupcakes

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When there's just Speedy and me at home -- and that's five days out of every week -- I try to refrain from baking. And it's so darn hard to control myself especially when the itch to patter in the kitchen strikes. But a whole cake or pie (even small ones), a whole tray of cookies or brownies, an entire bunch of cupcakes or muffins... that's too much for two people.But … [Read more...]

Microwave recipe: sausage and mushroom pilaf

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There was an episode of MasterChef where the contestants were sent off to some college dorm and they were asked to cook a gourmet dish using a microwave oven only. Some of them freaked out. I felt for those that freaked out. A gourmet dish cooked in a microwave oven? Sounds like Mission: Impossible.But the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that a … [Read more...]