Microwave single-serving cakes are a trend that aren’t going away any time soon. You can make them from scratch, of course, but the section of mixes dedicated to these quick-fix sweets is getting bigger all the time. One of the newest entries to the category is Ghirardelli, with a variety of single-serving microwave brownie mixes.
The Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Microwave Brownie Mix box contains four packets of mix, each of which just requires a little bit of water and can be mixed up in the mug that you microwave it in. The mix is made with ingredients that you would find in any brownie mix – flour, sugar, cocoa, etc – including real chocolate chips and it takes just seconds to put it all together. The brownie cooks in the microwave in about 1 minute and is ready to eat as soon as it has cooled down enough not to burn your tongue.
The brownies are fudgy and moist when you dig into them warm, and tended towards being slightly underbaked (not a bad thing, for a brownie) when I opted for the lower end of the cooking time recommended on the packaging. I think that brownies are well-suited to microwave cooking because you don’t run into the dry/spongy texture that over-microwaved cakes can develop. The brownies had a great chocolate flavor and the pockets of melted chocolate from the chocolate chips made them very satisfying, reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake. I served them with a bit of whipped cream on top for contrast.
I have to admit that I prefer these microwave brownies to some of the microwave cakes that I’ve tried. They’re easy to make and deliver a generous dose of chocolate in each bite, with a texture that is better than most microwave cakes. For a quick-fix, this is one worth trying. Ghirardelli also makes a few extra flavors, if you want to mix things up (haha) and try out salted caramel or peanut butter in your brownies, as well.
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Coconut Dragonfruit Blondies are a tropical twist on a classic batch of blondies. The buttery bars are packed with shredded coconut and bright pink dragonfruit, giving them a wonderful look and flavor while retaining the chewy texture that blondies are known for.
Dragonfruit is also known as cactus fruit, is a melon-like fruit that grows on the cactus. There are multiple varieties of cactus fruit and dragon fruit tends to be the most widely known due to its exotic, scaly look (hence the name) and its vivid magenta color. Since its texture is similar to that of a melon, fresh dragonfruit is not a great option for baking. I used freeze dried dragonfruit in this recipe because is easy to chop up and add to a recipe, bringing in some tropical dragonfruit flavor and plenty of color!
You can find freeze dried dragonfruit at some specialty stores, including Trader Joe’s, and it is also available online. Once you have it, you can use it in recipes like this one, enjoy it as a snack or add it to ice tea and lemonade to give them a pink hue!
The batter for the blondies is very straightforward, using melted butter and no additional leavening to create bars that are dense and chewy. They include a generous amount of sweetened, shredded coconut, which adds to the overall texture of the bars. I think that coconut pairs particularly well with dragonfruit in this recipe because it adds a subtle extra sweetness that makes the dragonfruit really pop. Make sure to crush or chop the dragonfruit into pieces no larger than a chocolate chip before stirring them into the batter.
The bars will keep for a couple of days after baking when stored in an airtight container. They’re not too sweet on their own and they could be topped with a bit of frosting or glaze (coconut glaze made with a splash of coconut rum or lemon glaze with fresh lemon juice would both be good choices) if you want to dress them up.
Coconut Dragonfruit Blondies
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/3 cup crushed/chopped freeze dried dragonfruit
Preheat oven 350F. Lightly grease a 9×9-inch square baking pan or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Blend in eggs, vanilla extract and salt.
Stir in flour and shredded coconut, mixing until no streaks of dry ingredients remain, then stir in the dragonfruit until evenly distributed. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until blondies are set and have turned golden around the edges of the pan.
Allow blondies to cool completely before slicing.
Makes 16-20 bars.