I had originally planned for this to be the first thing I had ever cooked in the toaster oven. Previous to preparing this mug pie, my only experience with a toaster oven was playing Sims 2, in which my experienced chef Sims would attempt to roast a turkey or something in their toaster ovens and proceeded to burn their houses down. (I wrote this in plural because it was basically a guaranteed phenomenon.)
So I figured, hey, I can’t have a worse experience with a toaster oven than burning down a virtual house, right? My experience wasn’t exactly worse, but it did make me a little less excited about using that mini oven in our night kitchen. I found out early on in my pie-making process that none of the mugs in the sorority house were short enough to fit inside the toaster oven without touching the top and bottom. Nevertheless, I tried cooking it in there anyways, and it ended a few minutes later when I could smell something burning, so I took it out and discovered the top crust beginning to blacken.
Left with the option of either throwing everything out, eating it raw or microwaving it just for kicks, I chose the latter. I figured at the very least I could heat it up before eating a raw, failed pie in a mug.
But after 1 minute, the microwave dinged and I took a look inside – the puff pastry actually puffed up in the microwave! Probably due to the egg, but still so exciting! I put it in for another 30 seconds to seal the deal, and then after a brief photo shoot, I ate my surprisingly delicious microwave mug pie.
- 1/2 pound of fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 of a thawed puff pastry sheet
- 1 egg, beaten
- Hull and quarter strawberries.
- Mix strawberries, sugar and flour in a wide mug.
- Place puff pastry over the top of the mug and lightly brush with egg. (You won’t be using the entire egg for this.)
- Microwave mug pie on high for 1:30 to 2 minutes.
- Crush puffed up pie crust into the mug and enjoy.