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Chocolate Mug Cake: Heaven in Two and a Half Minutes

Today I’m having a serious craving for chocolate covered shortbread cookies. Sadly, though, we don’t have butter. Sigh. But then I remembered, what about mug cake? It doesn’t require any butter, and it’s super delicious…. so I decided to stop by Ariel’s blog and check out the recipe that she posted a while ago… but I decided to change it up a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 3 tbs of sugar
  • 2 tbs of cocoa powder
  • Half a ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbs of milk
  • 3 tbs of oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a little vanilla
  • 15 or so chocolate chips

Recipe:

Combine ingredients in a mug and stir for a minute or so, making sure all the ingredients are mixed – you don’t want to end up with lumps of flour (uh, I wouldn’t know this from personal experience. Nope.)  Next, microwave for about two and a half minutes – I have a 1150 watt microwave and it worked perfectly. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://www.lotsofloveseattle.wordpress.com

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Until next time, Em 🙂

Recipe Time: Deck the halls with peppermint steamed milk!

A few days ago, my friend walked into school with a steaming Starbucks cup (love those cups, btw. I wish they had tumblers with the same designs as the cups. Sadly they only have mugs… and not very cute ones this year)… of course I had to ask what she was drinking. She replied, “a peppermint steamed milk”. To be honest, I’m kind of a tea girl. But hey, when I’m confronted with a delicious mug of flavored milk, I just have to drink it. Which is why I decided to make my own version of the delicious drink.

Recipe from www.sideofsneakers.com/ and www.coffeetea.about.com/

Peppermint Steamed Milk:

8 fl oz (1 cup) of hot milk

3 tbs of peppermint syrup

1. Heat up the milk, either in the microwave or on the stovetop.

2. Pour in 3 tbs of peppermint syrup and stir it up.

3. Enjoy!

Peppermint Syrup:

1 cup white granulated sugar

1 cup water

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Take off the stovetop and pour in the peppermint extract.

3. Let cool and then pour into a glass jar or glass bottle.

4. Pour into hot milk/coffee and enjoy!

You could also easily adapt this drink to make any flavor of steamed milk you want… imagine all the possibilities!

Until next time, Em 🙂

Jenny Matlock

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog and Vanilla Syrup

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. I drink this whenever I want a flavored drink that isn’t coffee and isn’t tea. A Dublin Fog is steamed milk, concentrated tea, and syrup mixed together. Here’s my favorite recipe!

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog

¼ cup hot water

1 Irish Breakfast tea bag (I use Stash Super Irish Breakfast)

1 cup 2% milk

1 tbsp vanilla syrup

  1. Take a glass measuring cup and put in ¼ cup of water. Microwave until hot enough for making tea, or use a hot water dispenser.
  2. Pour the hot water over the tea bag and let steep 3-5 minutes, depending on the strength desired.
  3. Microwave 1 cup of milk for around 48 seconds, using the glass measuring cup from step one.
  4. When the tea is done steeping, take the tea bag out and pour in the hot milk.
  5. Add 1 tbsp (or as much as desired) vanilla syrup. Stir.
  6. Enjoy!

Inspired by the London Fog recipe on wikibooks.org

Recipe Time: Vanilla Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3/4 tsp vanilla extract (1/2 tsp if a lesser strength is desired)

  1. Heat the water and sugar over low/medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or bottle and cover. Refrigerate until needed.

Inspired by vanilla syrup recipes on A Beautiful Mess and Annie’s Eats

Until next time, Em 🙂