New Year's Mess
Friday, January 9, 2009 11:42:00 PM
New yar has come, and with it, comes also new stuff. I decided to tidy up my bedroom (which for those who know it, can really understand how needy I was of one tidying session, here), but I had a small problem: Storage.
My bedroom has quite a decent area (maybe 10 or 12m²), but the lack of furniture did make a difference. Until yesterday!
To solve most of my storage difficulties, I have bought a nice set of Bookshelves and a sturdy Chest of Drawers. That way, I can store some of my clothes and my dozens of books (both cook and non-cook books). That's a real upgrade for me, and because of all the mess caused by these changes, I have been a little bit busy so I couldn't post about recipes, guys. Sorry.
But fr today, since I needed some dessert, I decided to go for something slightly easy and convenient. Besides that, it is a category of recipes I really wanted to try and test: Mug Cakes
Yes, that's exactely what you've read! Mug Cakes, and not cup cakes. Mug cakes are small cakes baked inside a mug, and, most of the times, they can be baked in the Microwave!
"That`s absurd! Nonsense!", some of you might say... I also said that, until I got to see the truth. Some weeks ago, I bought a tiny magazine with Mug Cakes recipes, in the news-stand, for a mere R$ 1, which stands for less than US$ 0,50! C'mon, what did I have in mind? Making mug cakes, in the microwave, and from a fifty-cent-magazine? I mustt be crazy.
But I did, and I must confess they came out good! I chose a recipe for cornmeal, which we call Fubá, here in Brazil, and it's one of my favorite cakes. The recipe is quite interesting and easy, and the baking is as easy as that: 3 minutes in the microwave, and I'd have it done! It's only got some tricks:
1 - Microwaves heat from inside-out, so if you microwave it too much, you'll burn the inside and won't be able to see it until you bite into it. That's what happened to my first attempt, in the picture above;
2 - Microwave too little, or use too big mugs and you'll cook the intern part, but the outside will still be sorta raw / creamy (that's what happened to my second and last try...
But the overall reasult was quite positive, and it paired really well with my favorite Guava Marmelade!
Enjoy this quick cake, guys, I guarantee!
Cornmeal Mug Cake
Serves 3 mugs / 6 servings
3 small eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup fine cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
In a bowl, mix 3 small eggs, 1 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup oil.
Slowly, incorporate 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup cornmeal and 1 cup flour, sieved.
Divide the dough in mugs, filling them to about 3cm / 1 inch from the top.
Put the mugs in the microwave, avoiding leaving them in the center of the plate, so it doesn't get too hot. Bake for 3 to 3:30 minutes in high temperature, until they're well baked.
Allow them to cool a little before unmolding. Serve with your preferred marmelade (guava works the best!)