Stine and I are going to do the Tongariro Crossing on Friday, before heading to Wellington with Sandy for handball training. I think it's a good idea, if possible, to squeeze a little home baking into the ol' daypack, when doing any kind of hiking, be it a day walk like the Crossing, or something a bit more lengthy, such as the Heaphy or Waikeremoana. I mean, when you've been slogging your guts out up something like the Devil's Staircase you deserve to have some treat to look forward to. At times like that a barley sugar just ain't enough. So, time to get something baked, to take with...
Mum was given this recipe, and she passed it to me, for a chocolate brownie that is cooked in the microwave, ready in 6 minutes. I kid you not. I'm rather sceptical of microwave cooking, and it's just not as fun - no stirring - but it is bloody useful when you've got to be out the door in 20 minutes (or if someone stops in for a cup of tea, or after dinner and you have a hankering for a little bit of something sweet...). So, if you're like me then put your microwave-prejudice to the side, and give this one a go. It's foolproof, yum and makes enough for a few people. Sweet!!
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
¾ cup choc chips
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa
Melt butter in microwave.
Add sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix together.
Add remaining ingredients, mix.
Pour into microwave-safe dish and cook on high for 5-6 minutes.
Once cooled, slice and serve! Try serving with some whipped cream, yoghurt, or just dusted with icing sugar. :)