The Hungry Husky: Dorm room desserts

By Eric Allen, News Staff

Certain places in the city, like Finale, are known for serving some of the best desserts. But how can they be the best when they require a reservation and proper attire? Sometimes dessert is even tastier in the comfort of your pajamas.

At home, a box of brownie mix, an oven and an hour to kill are all the pseudo-chef needs to satisfy a sweet tooth.’

But dorm rooms present a different problem: ‘ making something warm and gooey without an oven.

Enter the microwave. It’s not just for heating up leftovers ‘- it can actually cook! Just don’t expect a gourmet dessert.

But when you’re on a budget and sick of the dining hall, these quick-fix desserts will taste as good as the most expensive creme brule.

Cheap, quick and tasty: ‘ Those are the ingredients for a good dessert.

Two-minute Lime Cheesecake

Adapted from Thekitchn.com

What you need:

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs’

1 tablespoon sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

Zest of one lime

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 egg

Whipped cream

1. Mix graham cracker and cookie crumbs with sugar and melted butter. Divide in half; press into bottoms of two mugs.

2. Mix remaining ingredients until smooth. Divide into two mugs.’

3. Place in microwave for 2 minutes (if you don’t have a rotating tray, do 1 minute, turn and heat for 1 minute more).’

4. Microwave for 30 second intervals until top of cheesecake appears dry.

5. Let sit in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. Top with whipped cream.

Serves two.

Microwave Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Dizzy-dee [Link dead]

What you need:

4 tablespoons cake flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

1 mug

1. In a mug, combine flour, sugar and cocoa.

2. Mix in egg, then milk and oil. Stir until everything is just combined.

3. Microwave for three minutes, then leave in microwave until the cake stops rising and settles back into the mug.

4. After the mug has cooled, tip cake out onto plate and enjoy.

Serves one.

Apple Dessert a la Microwave

Adapted from Grouprecipes.com

What you need:

2-3 large apples, (McIntosh apples work well) cored, peeled, and sliced.

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

A handful of oats

1. In two mugs or a large microwave safe bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter. Top with oats.

2. Cover, heat in microwave for five minutes. Let cool for two minutes.

3. To make the dessert extra special, top with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

Serves two.

Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave. Cook desserts at your own risk ‘- The News is not responsible for readers who forget to check if their mugs and other dishes are microwave safe. When in doubt, go ceramic.

Hungry Husky Tips:

Adding ingredients like chocolate chips or store-bought hot fudge is an excellent way to make any recipe more decadent.

If eating one of these desserts alone in your room makes you sad, try making a few extras for your neighbors. Sweets equal friends.

These recipes are easy to make again and again, but that doesn’t mean you should. It would be prudent to alternate making dessert with trips to the gym.

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