For those of you who love to bake and enjoy homemade desserts, but need to watch your calorie intake, these single-serving portions will come to the rescue. You’ll no longer be tempted to have a second or third serving.
The desserts-in-a-mug mixes also make fun cooking projects for kids, whether measuring the ingredients to make the mix or simply using the mix to prepare a treat. With a bit of adult supervision, each child can make his own special dessert.
These single-serving desserts are prepared, cooked and served in the same mug. Each mug mix includes all the ingredients you need to prepare your treat (including a single-serving size container of fruit or vegetables for some recipes). All you add is butter or margarine and/or water; and in five minutes or less, you have a tasty dessert, breakfast pastry or hot beverage.
You can stir up a mix any time you get the urge for a sweet treat, or make them ahead of time and store them in small plastic zipper-type bags to give as unique, inexpensive gifts or for your own use at a later date.
These tasty mug mixes are simple to make, cost less than store-bought mixes, and don’t contain the preservatives found in many of the manufactured versions.
Since you prepare them yourself, you can adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste. If you or your family members have food allergies, such as wheat, eggs, milk or nuts, simply substitute special ingredients to meet your needs.
These treats are easy, quick and right-out-of-the-oven delicious! The hardest part about making them is waiting until they’re cool enough to eat.
To prepare the mixes, use a microwave safe mug that will hold at least 12 ounces (or 1-1/2 cups) of liquid. Accurate measuring is important—all amounts listed are for level measurements.
These recipes were tested in a 1000 Watt microwave oven. Since microwave wattages vary, you might need to make slight adjustments in cooking times and power settings for your oven. Don’t overcook your cakes or they will be tough and dry. A bit of moisture on top after baking is normal.
The dessert mixes that require the addition of eggs are made using egg white powder. Egg white powder (a well-known brand is called Just Whites®) is found in most large supermarkets on the baking aisle. You can also use meringue powder found in the cake decorating section of most discount stores and craft stores.
Try try a few of the recipes, an excerpt from the book, on this blog. Links to the sample recipes are listed at right.