Kitchen witchcraft – 4 minute brownies

Very busy people (that cook) tend to have a few genius cheat recipes up their sleeve.  This brownie recipe came from my neighbour Faye, a busy mum of four kids.  I dearly wish we were still neighbours.

An instant dessert, an easy recipe to make with kids helping or a life saving solution to “ZOMG mum I need to take something sweet to school tomorrow for our shared lunch/cake stall!”

The brownies.  Yes, 4 minutes.  Yes, they are really really good.


Even better, if you have one of these glass microwaveable dishes you can mix and bake in the same vessel.  Yes, only one dish to wash.  The lidded ones are a bonus for the butter melting stage.  No mess in the microwave.


100g butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla essence
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
1 t baking powder
icing sugar (for dusting)

Melt butter in microwave for 1 min (to avoid coating your microwave with butter, cover with lid or a plate/anything that fits).  Add sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Beat with a fork.

Sift in dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not beat/overmix.

cookedMicrowave on high uncovered for 4 mins (based on my 1100W microwave).  Time will vary depending on your microwave.  Brownies are done when they have a cake-like appearance on the surface (no wet gooey spots or craters).



Allow them to cool a little and set, cut into squares and dust with a little icing sugar.  I use a fish slice to shovel them out in neat-ish squares.

Note:  like most microwave baked stuff, these brownies have a shelf life of only one or two days.  They keep in the fridge in a sealed container a little longer.  Ok to freeze.