I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite new cookbooks. Every single recipe in the book is made in a mug, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Are you amazed yet?
I’m kind of love with mug recipes for many ideas but really the 2 big ones are:
I love eating out of a mug. It makes me feel cozy, especially in the winter time.
So far everything I’ve made from this cookbook basically just calls for you to prepare it in a mug, that means no dirtying a ton of dishes. Only a mug to clean? Yes! Also many of these recipes are super flexible on location. If you are having lunch at your office and they have a microwave, now you have a great lunch time alternative instead of shelling out $8 on a sandwich.
The recipe creator and author of the book Camilla V. Saulsbury does a great job at covering a variation of recipes, all quick to make. In the beginning of the book she does a small introduction informing readers of the increase in popularity of meals in a mug (Fact: An October 2013 Google search of the phrase “mug recipes” yielded more than 40,900,000 hits) and talks about how mug cooking is a great econimical alternative to fast food as it’s almost instant satisfcation. So next time you are craving quick food, say no to fast food, and make yourself something that will be lower in calories and high fat content – right in your kitchen, in a mug!
Flipping through this cookbook, I bookmarked quite a few pages. Here are some of my favorites:
Tex Mex Migas Mug
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Bacon and Corn Chowder
Sessae Soy Edamame
Honestly, I can go on and name a ton more, but my first I needed to make was French Toast In A Mug!
If you’re anything like me you love French Toast. It’s one of my favorite breakfast foods. If I go to a diner, no matter what time of the day it is, I will probably order French Toast (with a side of turkey bacon too!). One thing I don’t love about French Toast is that if I want it on a lazy morning, well, it’s not happening. No, French Toast is not hard to make, but it’s not something you can just throw in the microwave while you get your first cup of tea brewing. Now French Toast in 2 minutes is possible!
This recipe calls for you to gather all your ingredients right there in the mug. If you want to make it even quicker, you can prepare it the night before, which means in the morning you just pull it out of the fridge and it goes straight into tho microwave.
I also wanted to test this recipe to see how it would hold up outside of the mug – would it fall apart or would it hold it’s mug shape? This is important if say you only have 1 mug and want to make 4 servings for your family, or if you want to put everything on plates for presentation purposes. Guess what – it held it’s shape perfectly.
And of course we can’t forget the maple syrup on top..
Hope you enjoyed this Quick French Toast recipe and I hope you give it a try tomorrow morning!
- 16-oz mug
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups bread cubes (preferably stale) or small plain croutons
- pure maple syrup, confectioners sugar or butter
- In the mug, use a fork to whisk sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla until very well blended. Add bread cubes, stirring and pressing them down into the custard to absorb the liquid. Let stand for at least 15 minutes (so the bread absorbs the liquid). Press bread down with a fork to compact.
- Microwave on High for 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 minutes (checking at 11⁄2) or until firm to the touch and liquid is absorbed. Top with syrup, sugar or butter if preferred.
- Add up to 2 tbsp raisins or chopped dried fruit, or 1 tbsp miniature semisweet chocolate chips with the bread.
- Whisk the sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla in the mug, then add the bread cubes; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.