Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for microwave chocolate, miso and banana mug muffins | Cake


The microwave has at all times been an integral however under-appreciated a part of my kitchen, till current information about power costs shone a highlight on it, and named it the most affordable, best technique to prepare dinner. Now, as soon as once more, it’s a rising star (howdy once more, the Eighties). I’m nonetheless within the early levels of experimenting with it, however with the ability to make a cake in two minutes (sure, two minutes!) felt a pure place to start out. This isn’t by any means high-end patisserie, however it’s on the spot, achievable and magical baking – and, for me, the beginning of a brand new, thrilling journey.

Microwave chocolate, miso and banana mug muffins

You’ll want a microwave and two giant 350-400ml mugs. This recipe makes two muffins, however you may simply halve the portions for one, or double them to make 4; there’s sufficient cream right here for 4 parts, although. You’ll additionally want an electrical whisk for those who’re making the (optionally available) cream, however you possibly can, if you want, serve these together with your alternative of vegan ice-cream as a substitute.

Prep 5 min
Prepare dinner 15 min
Serves 2

For the muffins
1 banana, peeled, to get 60g flesh
1½ tsp white miso
5 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp oat milk

For the cream (optionally available)
½ tsp white miso
½ tsp water
2 tsp caster sugar
75ml plant-based double cream
– I like Elmlea
1 sq. darkish chocolate

Take a 25cm sq. of baking paper, gently scrunch it up, flatten it out once more and thoroughly line a mug with it, gently pushing the paper down into the bottom and smoothing up the perimeters. Repeat with a second 25cm sq. of baking paper and the opposite mug.

Put the banana in a medium bowl and mash to a paste with a fork. Add the miso, then stir within the flour, baking powder, sugar and cocoa powder. Nonetheless utilizing a fork, slowly combine within the oil and oat milk, till you could have a clean batter, save for just a few bits of banana. Distribute equally between the mugs – the batter ought to fill them to about midway.

Microwave the mug muffins one after the other for 2 minutes on 1000W or two and a half minutes on 800W, then go away to chill barely. Utilizing the paper lining that can assist you, elevate out the muffins, peel off the paper and put every cake on a plate.

For the cream, if making, combine the miso and half a teaspoon of chilly water in a small bowl, then add the sugar and blend once more. Pour the cream into a big bowl, whisk for 3 or 4 minutes, till thick and fluffy, then add the sweetened miso combination and whisk till it’s thick and fluffy once more.

Spoon the cream excessive of the muffins, grate over the chocolate and serve.