Chocolate Fix

>> Saturday, August 21, 2010

Lately I've been needing chocolate.  Unfortunately, I'm down to 1/2 square of Ghirardelli chocolate... and I hesitate to eat the rest of it, because once it's gone, it's gone.  So tonight I got online and did a search for "single serving brownie recipe."  A few weeks ago I tried making a chocolate cake in a mug, and that was a disaster.  It turned out rubbery and tasteless.  But I knew there had to be a way of making one serving of some sort of cake or muffin... I've had those little single serving chocolate cakes you can buy in the grocery store... you just add water to the mix, stir, and microwave.  I really like those, but don't want to pay for them.  So tonight I was on the prowl for something I could easily make at home, using the ingredients I already have on hand.

I ran across this recipe.  After my last attempt (and failure) I was a bit hesitant to try this one... but one thing I liked about the ingredients was that eggs were not on the list.  Since there are no eggs, I figured this would be easy to scale down to a half serving.  But since this was my first shot at it, I decided to make it as it's listed.  Well, I mostly followed the instructions.  The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons sugar, and I cut it back to 2 1/2.  That was plenty, it could even do with a little less.  Although I prefer my chocolate dark, so if you like the sweetness of milk chocolate, you may want to add in all 3 tablespoons.

I mixed everything up in a 2 cup measuring cup, since I was a bit leery of using my good coffee cup.  :)  But to my surprise, it turned out pretty well!  I heated it for 60 seconds, and according to the recipe 60 seconds is supposed to give you a molten chocolate texture.  Mine was cooked all the way through, but that could be because I used the 2 cup measuring cup.  Next time I think I'll half the recipe, and use a small 6-ounce cup, and see if that works.  The consistency was very soft, almost like a bread pudding, but not quite.  This could have been because I devoured it as soon as it came out of the microwave.  If I had let it cool for a few minutes it might have firmed up a bit.  Oh, and as I didn't have any vanilla ice cream, I enjoyed this with a nice cold glass of whole milk.

Now that my chocolate fix has been satisfied, I think I can get on with the rest of my evening.  The girls aren't home tonight, so it's just me and the cat.  I'm ready for a quiet evening.  :)


Tesa August 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

I'm printing this recipe off...looks like a good one to keep on hand for a "date night" treat! :)

Emily August 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

I hope you both enjoy it! The texture is not quite what you'd expect with cake (very soft), but at least I got my chocolate. Although to be honest, I was so tempted to just eat the batter. :-)

Rena August 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM  

I think this chocolate craving must be a trend because we are having it here too. In fact there is a bag of Snickers bars in my freezer at this moment. I am going to try this recipe.

Emily August 26, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

Oooh... I love Snickers! Rena, I'm coming over! Ha! If only it was that easy! :)

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