Imagine my joy when I reread the recipe to note that it's a microwave cake. Two birdies in one shot, rather 3 when it comes to BM themes and MEC on top. It was the perfect frosting I must say!
The brownie not only came out awesome, it was a marathon. On the day I baked this cake, I had some time on hand before leaving for work. However, we have a scheduled power cut at 10 am and I knew I had to get this done before the power goes off. I was hurrying up with a mad rush and pushed the tray just on time. It was a close call and the cake got done exactly a minute before the power shutoff!
The cake will fit Vegan-Friendly Dishes, Kid's Delight - Easy to make Snacks under 30 mins, and Eggless Baking with Fruits and Nuts as well!
Chocolate Brownie with an Apple and Banana flavour
Preparation time: 10 minutes,
Baking time: 5 minutes in microwave
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Cashew and Almond Powder - 1/4 cup
Almonds - 1/4 cups
White sugar - 1/2 cup Sugar (1/3 a cup for a less sweet taste)
Dark Chocolate - 50 gms, Scharffenberger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate 50 gms.
Apple Puree - 1/2 cup*##
Banana Puree - 1 large**
Instant Coffee powder - 1 tbsp (opt)
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
a pinch of salt (optional)
1/4 tsp Baking powder**
How to bake the Chocolate Brownie:
Grease a microwave-safe bowl. Or Line the baking dish with wax paper.
To make the apple puree, peel, core, and slice the apples. Micro on high for 3- 4 minutes and blend in a blender. Ensure to check in between. Strain through a strainer and repeat till you get a smooth puree.
Coarsely chop both the Chocolates into small pieces and transfer to a microwave-safe glass dish. Micro on high for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
Alternatively, you can simply take both apples and chocolates and micro for 2 minutes. Both get soft and you just have to whisk them together with a spoon.
In a large bowl mix the All purpose flour, powdered nuts, chopped nuts, salt, and sugar.
Add chocolate apple mixture, flavorings – coffee and vanilla along with banana puree and whisk into a smooth batter. Add baking powder and mix well.
Transfer to a baking dish and Microwave on high for 5 mins. Check in the center to check for doneness.
Cut into pieces after cake cools completely and store in an airtight container.
Notes from Laks:
##Apple Puree and Powdered Nuts have been used as butter substitutes to add richness to the Cake. Apple Sauce can be used in place of Apple Puree though this might make the cake sweeter.
**Banana and Baking Powder have been used as substitutes for Egg. Banana also serves as a natural sweetener.
Over cooking can result in cake becoming very crumbly.
My brownies were very much of banana flovour, I must measure out the puree next time.
Since this batter has a lot of moisture, the cake will get baked very well in microwave mode.
Read laks post comment for some interesting conversation on the fat and egg replacement.