Firstly, I made some the way I normally do. Out of a box. I’ve always done it that way, since I figured making from scratch would be too much work. Followed the box directions, but added some spices like I usually do (dried mint, cinnamon and cardamom). Not much, mind you, only a few sprinkles of each. Then a tablespoon or two of liqueur (nutty or fruity, or a bit of both).
The more recent effort was in the microwave. I know. It always felt like such a waste to use the entire oven to only make one batch of brownies. So I decided to look around to see if there were any decent microwave brownie recipes. I bought a microwave lava cake a while back, and that turned out well, so it’s an option. So I found this recipe.
Looked doable, and I had the ingredients on hand. I decided to do a half-recipe, for testing. Put the vanilla extract and egg into one of Mom’s cardinal coffee cups.
Then added some spices.
But before I did that, I’d put the cocoa powder and flour in one of my well-used plastic microwave containers. Added a pinch or two of sea salt, as I heard that was a good thing. Then I poured in the liquid elements and stirred until well blended. The consistency was just like it was at this stage when I make it out of the box. Tasted what was on the fork, and it seemed pretty good. Then I stuck it in the microwave and nuked for 2-1/2 minutes. Since the full recipe called for 4-5 minutes, I cut the time about in half too.
The results, admittedly, looked so-so. But that didn’t surprise me, since microwaving tends to cook the center more, probably due to the way the waves focus.
How did it taste? Mediocre. Not hideously bad, not fantastically delicious. I had cut the sugar by about half, since it seemed excessive. Possibly mistake, as it was more bitter than sweet. I still had some of the frosting, and eating it with the brownies helped. For a first effort, it wasn’t bad. And it was incredibly easy, so I can easily experiment more. I think I’ll try adding more sugar (or Sweet’n Low), and less cocoa, and some water, to moisten them up some next time. I’ll report the results when it meets my exacting standards. Such as they are.