Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Making Crumb Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug in Under 5 Minutes

We live for coffee. First thing we do each and every morning is make a cup of coffee.With us coffee is a religion. Along with beer and pizza, we believe coffee is one of the three essential food groups! Wouldn't it make sense then to be able to eat out of a coffee mug? And we're not talking instant oatmeal. Although we do that too.

We're on a mission to find as many practical recipes as we can for meals in a mug. The recipes should be simple and short. And involve no more cooking than a microwave. Since life is short, we're starting with dessert first! Here is our first Howto YouTube video for making meals in a coffee mug:

Making Crumb Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug in Under 5 Minutes

Obviously, you start with a microwave safe coffee mug!
The Parrot Cafe Mug mug
And we're assuming you have a microwave? Who doesn't, anymore? The ingredients to make Crumb Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug couldn't be more basic. You probably already have them in your kitchen:

Sour Cream or Yogurt
Baking Powder
Brown Sugar
Crumb Topping

Whenever recipes call for sour cream, we generally substitute yogurt, because we like yogurt and we tend  to keep yogurt around more than sour cream. Plus, it doesn't seem to make any difference.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to microwave safe coffee mug. Zap in microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. The idea is to soften the butter, not melt it.

Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is fluffy and creamy. Add one egg. You can choose not to add an egg. That will just make your Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug more crumbly and less cakey (if that's a word, and we say it is)!

Stir in 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt. Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract. The key word is drops!

Stir in 1/4 cup flour and 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder. Your mix is ready.

Take a separate bowl for the crumb topping. Add 1 tablespoon butter. Add 2 tablespoons flour. Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Add a dash of cinnamon. We like to use cinnamon sticks. Add your topping of choice. Bread. Cereal. Nuts. Etc., etc. Our parrots love organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, so we tend to keep it around. Plus it tastes great! Smoosh the mixture in the bowl with your fingers or a spoon. Wooden spoons work great! You can crush the topping or not. We tend to not. Add the topping mix to the coffee cup.

Lastly, top off the coffee cup with crushed nuts, if you wish. We love crushed walnuts.

There you have it! Crumb Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug!

Now we're ready for the microwave. Stick the microwave safe coffee mug in the microwave on High for 1 minute. After the minute is up, continue to microwave the coffee mug at 10 second intervals for up to 20 seconds. We're talking a MAXIMUM total of 1 minute, 20 seconds.

Your Crumb Coffee Cake in a Coffee Mug is ready, in under 5 minutes! CAUTION: The coffee mug will be extremely hot when it comes out of the microwave. Set on the counter and let cool a sufficient amount of time. Then dig in!

Bon Appetit!

If you have any recipes for simple and practical meals in a coffee mug, please share. We'd love to try them out, and if we like them, feature the recipes in future blog posts. And please visit our online organic coffee, teas, rare books, and parrot stuff store: proceeds benefit Northwest Parrots Fund.

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