This book is made for people like me. People who hate the washing up. Well, I wouldn’t really know. Beardy Fiance does all the washing up in this house – it’s a constant competition between seeing how quickly I can fill it and seeing how quickly he can clean it up (I have the edge – I can dirty pretty quickly while he’s still at work).
One Bowl Baking is probably the most urban cookbook I’ve ever read. It is a book which recognises that some people cannot use a lot of bowls or use a lot of space. It’s also incredibly versatile – it includes everything from chocolate cake in a mug to cheesecakes (I kid you not, cheesecakes.) With cookbooks like this, there’s always the risk that the the concept takes over – not true in this case! I loved the recipes and even without the shtick, they would have been great (see ruby-red grapefruit bars and sour cherry almond clafouti!) But for me, I absolutely loved the personal cakes and cookies that you can put together in a microwave – perfect if you need comfort food for a friend in your urban kitchen or for places without a cooker!
Chocolate Cake in a Mug (from One Bowl Baking)
3 tablespoons caster sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
5 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bake in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes – (how long will depend on the power of your microwave, so keep an eye on it. You want the centre to be cooked through, but still soft and a bit squishy.)