Yay for college kids with "no food" and a microwave!!
This brownie recipe requires you to purchase two ingredients.
1. Chocolate. I used baking chocolate, which is bitter (no sugar), though you could just use a candy bar. It was about $0.125.
2. Flour/bran/potato flakes/crushed cereal/whatever.
Actually, let's say your co-worker gives you a candy bar. A Twix bar, for instance. In that case, you only need to purchase one ingredient, the flour/bran/whatever.
You probably have the other ingredients in your house, or you can probably pick them up at Wawa or at some restaurant.
1. One packet of mayonnaise.
2. A few packets of sugar. I used four, but I think I could've done well with three. Some people may want to put in 14. If you use a Twix bar, you could put in less sugar, of course.
1. Melt chocolate in microwave in a ceramic bowl.
2. Add mayonnaise, sugar, and a few tablespoons of water.
3. Add in flour/bran/crushed cereal/etc. until you have something that looks like cake batter. If you want something super gooey (like the chocolate brownie in the picture above), make it the consistency of pancake batter.
4. Microwave for a minute. Add a few more seconds if you want.
5. The brownie firms up a little when it cools.
6. DELICIOUSLY GOOEY AND MOIST AND HOT AND CHOCOLATEY!!!
...so next time you have all those random mayonnaise/sugar/artificial sweetener packets, you know what to do!
The price of chocolate is now the price of that flavour of cake! Whoo!
Mayonnaise is basically eggs and oil, which give the cake the fatty taste and the rise (eggs). No baking soda/powder needed!
As a side note, I found a super-widely-followed-blog (that I won't name, because I'm not impressed by it anymore) that gave out recipes listing the exact cost of the ingredients and the price per small serving. Everyone, including me initially, is so damn intrigued by it because it shows that a serving of pound cake is some 0.46 cents, or whatever, and that a batch of cookies is $5.21 or whatever. Right, if I follow the recipes on this blog, I'll make delicious cheap food.
What I realised after reading some of the recipes, though, is that the recipes are normal. They're the kind you can find ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET. ANY blog could stick out its ingredients with the prices. ANY person can buy and make food using cheap ingredients from Walmart. My mum does. She just doesn't blog about it. I don't get why this particular blog gets so much fanfare; if I make a batch of cookies using someone else's recipe, it's probably going to cost around $5.00 as well. Only, the blog won't tell me it's $5.00 (my grocery receipt will, though). I mean, this blog says, oh, make cookies using flour ($x), eggs ($x), sugar ($x), butter ($x), chocolate ($x). $x per serving.
My blog says, oh, make cookies using flour, eggs, sugar, butter, chocolate. Eat them.
So, after I thought of this, I realised that that blog wasn't a big deal after all. And I also got turned off with the shopping at Walmart part. Meh. Haters gonna hate. I'm gonna hate, haha.