Microwaves might be the most underrated kitchen gadget. Too often maligned as nothing more than a ready-meal spawning pool, it’s easy to forget just how wondrous they can be. When you’ve got something that can simultaneously superheat a cold stew and explode a fork, it’s worth taking seriously.
Fortunately for microwave advocates, our current circumstances are forcing everyone to think a little differently about their dinner. Options that might once have been offputting are now definitively back on the table. Hence, maximising your microwave has gone from being an easy way to gain a few thousand YouTube views to Kitchen Essential Number 1.
If you look hard enough, the internet is full of astonishing and occasionally suspicious microwave “hacks”. Though the desirability of many of these dishes is up for debate, there are a few that manage to walk the tightrope between baffling and brilliant. One of these is this recently published method of making your own bread in the microwave.
As anyone who’s taken their state-mandated walk around a supermarket recently will attest, certain supplies are a little harder to come by than normal. Therefore, if you find yourself short of a loaf or two, this trick could be the perfect solution.
The recipe, which was originally shared on the local news website “Surrey Live”, calls for:
- 40g self raising flour
- 1 egg white
- 25g margarine
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/3 tsp sugar
- 1/3 tsp baking powder
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In order to make the bread itself, cooks should:
- Get a large mug and whisk the egg until foamy
- Add baking powder and lemon juice then mix
- Add all of the other ingredients to the mug and mix until smooth and sticky
- Microwave for 90 seconds
- Slice and toast
According to the website, the recipe even works if you don’t have an egg, as you can substitute aquafaba, a mashed banana, or even applesauce as an alternative. As a serving suggestion, Surrey Live advise either an accompaniment of beans or, if you fancy something sweet, a spread of butter and jam. Lockdown might necessitate some lateral thinking, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tasty workarounds.