Old 23rd February 2006, 04:55   #1
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Liquid Brownie Mystery.

Is it just me, or has anyone else on the face of the earth wondered how those microwave brownies you get in hungry-man dinners work?

when i take it out of the freezer, it's all tiny and flat and liquidey, not quite frozen, in the little tray there. then when i microwave it, it puffs up into a gooey fluffy breadish-brownish-goodness. and you watch it, too. it puffs up and gets all fluffy in like the last 10 seconds you're supposed to remove the brownie to cook it the rest of the way!

how?!

i want to know how this works! even though i am too lazy to take the thing out of the microwave halfway through to remove the brownie and just eat it straight out of the thing uncooked (tastes like eating thick frozen chocolate syrup) i still want to know how it does that.

i looked on the ingredients thing, and don't see any weird magical dust they're using or anything, so it boggles the mind.
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Old 23rd February 2006, 05:58   #2
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Old 23rd February 2006, 14:17   #3
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I nuke it ALOT.
It doesn't hurt the rest of the food to get overcooked so just add a couple of minutes cooktime.
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Old 23rd February 2006, 14:37   #4
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Let's say you want to bake a cake in a conventional oven. Normally you would bake a cake at 350 degrees F or so, but let's say you accidentally set the oven at 600 degrees instead of 350. What is going to happen is that the outside of the cake will burn before the inside even gets warm. In a conventional oven, the heat has to migrate (by conduction) from the outside of the food toward the middle. You also have dry, hot air on the outside of the food evaporating moisture. So the outside can be crispy and brown (for example, bread forms a crust) while the inside is moist.


In microwave cooking, the radio waves penetrate the food and excite water and fat molecules pretty much evenly throughout the food. No heat has to migrate toward the interior by conduction. There is heat everywhere all at once because the molecules are all excited together. There are limits, of course. Radio waves penetrate unevenly in thick pieces of food (they don't make it all the way to the middle), and there are also "hot spots" caused by wave interference, but you get the idea. The whole heating process is different because you are "exciting atoms" rather than "conducting heat."


In a microwave oven, the air in the oven is at room temperture, so there is no way to form a crust. That is why microwavable pastries sometimes come with a little sleeve made out of foil and cardboard. You put the food in the sleeve and then microwave it. The sleeve reacts to microwave energy by becoming very hot. This exterior heat lets the crust become crispy as it would in a conventional oven.


I believe the microwave brownie is the same as ordinary microwave brownie mix you can make for yourself. I suggest you experiment with one of these microwave brownie recipes and try it for yourself.
You could try it in small batches frozen and not frozen. And in different containers.
I believe you'll find similar results if not better. (then the hungry-man brownie.)





Easy Microwave Brownies Recipe


Ingredients
• 1/2 cup butter or margarine
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
• 1/2 cup flour

Preparation
Cream together butter/margarine and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour into greased and sugared round, glass cake pan. Microwave on high 4 1/2 to 5 minutes, or on 50-percent power 8-9 minutes. Brownies will be slightly moist on top and will be coming away from sides of pan when done.




Microwave Brownies in 5 Minutes Recipe #83862


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa

1. Cream sugar and butter together.

2. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.

3. Stir flour and cocoa together, then add into egg mixture.

4. Mix well.

5. Grease a GLASS pie pan and then coat with sugar.

6. Pour brownie mixture into sugared pie pan.

7. Microwave 4&1/2- 5 minutes.

8. Let sit until cool.

9. Eat.

http://www.recipezaar.com/





Microwave Brownies Vegan Version


1 banana, mashed
3/4 cup vegan sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate chips

Mix wet ingredients in a bowl...add dry ingredients.... mix everything together well and put in a small microwavable safe dish that's been greased up with cooking spray.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes (depending on how gooey you like em). Great for late night studying Snacks. You could probably even add some instant coffee to them before you cook them. lol.



http://vegweb.com


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jee. thanks for ruining the magic for me. :*(


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What's vegan sugar, and is the flour plain or self raising ?

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Easy Microwave Brownies Recipe


Ingredients
• 1/2 cup butter or margarine
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
• 1/2 cup flour


I'm so making brownies now because I never knew you could make brownies in the microwave and there are no conventional ovens around here.
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Re: Liquid Brownie Mystery.

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stuff....

i want to know how this works!
Science bit...

Your brownies are composed partly of sugar and water, and contains lots of air bubbles. When you cook them in your microwave oven, several things happen at once. The microwave makes the water molecules vibrate very quickly, which makes the water heat up. The hot water warms the sugar, which softens a little. The hot water also warms the air bubbles.

When you warm air in a closed container, the gas molecules move around faster and push harder against the walls of the container. As the air in the bubbles warms up, the air molecules bounce around faster and faster and push harder against the bubble walls. Since the sugar walls are warm and soft, the bubbles expand, and the brownie puffs up.

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There's no baking powder or baking soda in those recipes?



i know in the recipes with eggs that eggs act as a "rising"
agent...but the others....hmmmmmm. >>>>>>>

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Old 24th February 2006, 11:27   #11
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I'm so making brownies now because I never knew you could make brownies in the microwave and there are no conventional ovens around here.
I am curious to know how they'll come out.
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Just put some hashish in the brownies like we did in college and the answer will come to you!
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Old 24th February 2006, 14:59   #14
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How true that is Chev

The baking powder thing is what I was asking about earlier, self raising flour has the baking powder added to it already.

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My kid did that once... he was about 4 years old and wanted to be 'trusted' going by himself. After about 5 minutes, I went to see what was taking so long and found him sitting there wondering where to get the toilet paper.

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Where you're from... do you just go on the side of the buiding? Or do you go find a tree?

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My old church doen't have bathrooms, either!
It's Catholic. If you didn't think to go before you went to Mass, then it's your fault !
because everything is...

Oh yeah back ta' the recipes....where's the baking powder or eggs or....Well, I don't microwave anyway.
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