You’re at home craving a sweet treat when you rummage through your cupboards and find absolutely nothing. So what do you do now? Run out and buy a sad-looking grocery store cupcake? No more! Let us introduce you to five super simple but delicious microwave recipes. That’s right, baking with the microwave! This handy appliance is a secret weapon that works as the perfect tool to help you satisfy your sweet tooth. Besides, what could possibly be better than a quick, easy, and scrumptious dessert that takes you little to no time at all? Here are five sweet recipes to help you discover the magic of microwave desserts.
1. Chocolate Mug Cake
Now this is a microwave classic. This is the perfect recipe for anyone that needs a speedy chocolatey fix. The ingredients are simple too! All you need are a handful of ingredients - all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, vegetable oil, and chocolate chips. Simply whisk them together in a microwave-safe mug, and then throw it in the microwave for about 90 seconds. Voila! Your delicious, ooey gooey chocolate cake is ready to be eaten.
The best part about this recipe is that you can tweak it to your liking. More of a white chocolate fan? Throw in some white chocolate chips instead! You can even get fancy with it and add a dollop of peanut butter or Nutella before microwaving for that extra melty centre. It is your own personal cake in a mug after all!
2. Berries and Cream Mug Pie
If you’re craving a delicious fruity dessert, look no further than this delightful Berries and Cream Mug Pie. The ingredients are simple, and chances are you already have them on hand.
All you need is a microwave-safe mug, some fresh or frozen berries (whatever you like!), a splash of cream, and a pinch of sugar. Throw all that in the mug, top it off with a puff pastry square, and you’re all set for the microwave. All you need to wait is 5 minutes before you’re left with a beautiful bubbling pie with a golden-brown crust. That’s right, who knew making a pie could be that easy?
3. Caramel Popcorn
Caramel popcorn is the perfect treat for any family movie night or a quick snack to throw on the table with friends. While this sweet and delicious treat may seem like a difficult snack to make, you’ll be surprised to learn just how easy it actually is.
This recipe will call for plain popcorn kernels, brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, salt, and baking soda. Start off by popping all your kernels in the microwave to make the perfect popcorn base. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat the rest of the ingredients then stir it to make a luscious caramel sauce. Then all you have to do is pour the sauce over the popcorn, mix well, and heat it again for a minute or two. Now you’re all set to go with this sweet and crunchy snack that took you no time at all.
4. Rice Pudding
If you’re searching for a dessert that feels much more comforting, rice pudding is probably the perfect recipe for you. You’ll be happy to hear this microwave recipe is so easy to make too.
The steps are simple: combine cooked rice, milk, sugar, and a hint of vanilla extract in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the bowl, but make sure you stir every few minutes until you achieve your desired consistency. If you want a little something extra, sprinkle in some cinnamon or add in your favourite fruits and nuts. So simple yet so delicious.
5. Lemon Bars
You may be surprised to hear that something as complicated as lemon bars can be easily whipped up in your microwave! While this recipe requires a couple more steps, you’ll still be blown away by how simple it is.
First, you have to make the crust. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter before pressing the mixture into a microwave-safe dish. For the filling, whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a little flour. Once you’ve poured it over the crust, throw it in the microwave! Make sure your microwave is on lower power so you allow the lemon curd to set without boiling. Once it’s set and cooled, dust a little powdered sugar over the bars. Now you’re ready to enjoy some quick and easy lemon bars - perfect for any summer party.
Who knew desserts could be so quick and fun to make? These five super simple and delicious recipes are definitely ones to add to your daily routine when you’re craving a sweet treat. There’s no more need to run to the store! Now you can just open your pantry, grab a microwave-safe mug or dish, and create your own culinary delight that fits whatever it is you’re craving. Because really, nothing tastes quite as good as homemade.