The oven’s little sister the microwave turns the big 5 0 this year !
Although the first commercial available microwave oven was introduced 70 years ago, the monstrous contraption was 1.8m tall, water-cooled and used around 3 times as much power as a contemporary microwave. Fantastic for restaurants and the homes of the rich, it wasn’t for another 20 years that the first counter-top home model was released.
In a recent survey, it was found that the microwave is Australia’s most popular cooking appliance, and can be found in 95% of homes ! Out of these kitchens, they are used daily in 83% of cases. That’s a lot of microwave power being used.
Although microwaves are limited in what they’re able to do, some very clever people have found work-arounds to allow home cooks to make a huge range of meals and snacks in their microwaves – usually in much less time.
Here are just a few of the recipes that are particularly clever!
Tip #1: Microwaves can operate slightly differently – you may need to adjust cooking times
Tip #2: Weigh out all the ingredients ahead of time
- 200g sugar
- 120ml light corn syrup (Karo)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 110g peanuts
- 1 tsp baking soda
Mix together the sugar and syrup in any microwave safe bowl and stir
Microwave on high for five minutes
Add the butter, vanilla and peanuts, then stir<
Microwave the mix for a further one and a half minutes
Remove the bowl and rapidly stir in the baking soda
Pour the mixture onto parchment paper on a baking tray, spread out, and let cool for an hour.
Break it apart and enjoy!
Chocolate Sponge Cake
- 50g melted butter
- 50g sugar
- 43g flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
Mix all of the ingredients together – it is enough for two cakes
Pour half of the mix into a greased ramekin
Cover with plastic wrap, and poke holes in it
Microwave to 50-60 seconds and enjoy!
And finally, for a lazy and comforting dinner…
Microwave Mac & Cheese
- 35g whole grain elbow macaroni
- 60ml water (more may be needed)
- 35g grated cheddar
- Splash of milk