Imagine yourself sitting in your kitchen at 3 pm in the afternoon with some friends, each a cup of tea in their hands, chatting about the newest
gossip homework, of course. Somehow you all want something sweet, but you don’t have any eggs, only a little flour and oh, the oven is broken as well (if you ever had one at all). So, what to do?
Run to the store and get cookies? – nope, too far and too expensive
Bring out your last chocolate bar leftover from christmas? – Kinda boring and you’ll need that bar for stressful times anyways.
So, how about some mug cakes? Mug cakes are perfect for students or people who don’t want/can’t to bake an entire cake (or eat it by themselves). They’re usually fast to make, very satisfying and some of them only require little ingredients. Just like this apple crumble mug cake. I sometimes eat it for breakfast (because I can), but it would make a perfect dessert/in-between snack/tea company.
And it’s ready in 5 minutes, so if you have unexpected guests coming it’s even faster than a run to the store.
You only need to grate the apples and sprinkle them with a little cinnamon. Then knead the crumble ingredients quickly together until a streusel-like mixture formes (it’s ok if it’s dry, that’s the only way to get the crumble crunchy, since the water-trick doesn’t work in the microwave). Don’t worry if the cup looks full, it’s not going to rise, but shrink.
Microwave in 2 intervals of ca. 1 minute until the apples are tender and the crumble is kinda crisp (as I said, microwave can’t achieve the perfect crispyness an oven can, but sadly that’s in it’s nature of being a microwave). Oh, and enjoy hot of course!
What do you bake without an oven? I’d love to get some more ideas!
With love from the student kitchen,
Mug ed. Apple Crumble
This is what you need
3 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cold butter (straight from the fridge)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 mug that can contain 250 ml/1 cup
And this is how we do it:
1. Grate the apple using a box grater, fill into the mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir a few times with a spoon so that the cinnamon is well mixed in
2. In a bowl, combine butter, sugar and flour. Knead quickly into a dry, crumbly, dough. You can sort of let it crumble through your fingers in order to achieve the streusels and not have a uniform mass.
3. Top the apples with the streusel and microwave in 2 intervals of ca. 1 minute.
4. Enjoy, but watch out, it will be hot!
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