The Brownie Diaries by Leah Hyslop (Bloomsbury Absolute, £14.99). Photography by Lauren Mclean.
Emergency Brownie in a Mug
Grab a mug and set destination to the microwave. This is guaranteed to deliver an intense chocolatey hit in two minutes flat, using only store cupboard items
- 3 tbsp self-raising flour
- 2½ tbsp caster sugar
- 1½ tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil
- 4 tbsp milk (ideally whole)
- Handful of milk chocolate chips
Put all the ingredients in a large mug, except the chocolate chips. Stir together until you have something resembling a batter, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mug. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Microwave until set on top – this usually takes between one minute and one minute 30 seconds. (Microwaves vary in power, so it’s best to cook this for one minute, check, then blast again in 30-second increments if needed.) Enjoy in pyjamas on the sofa, perhaps with a scoop of ice cream on top.