When Cham announced the MEC event , I thought, Wow she announced it at the right time. I am indeed trying to make better use of my Microwave than just to reheat food. As I wrote in my previous post this month, most of the Microwave recipes I saw online was chocolate based and I didn't want to make one. I recently purchased a book called "Microwave Cookbook The Complete Guide" by Pat Jester which I got for unbelievably low price from a library book sale near our place. There are lots of good recipes and tips in it and the author writes tips where she admits that Microwave cannot be used for making all things which can be made in an oven or stove top and lists the consequences too. That's what I like about this book. Honest facts !
I wanted to make something in the microwave which would not waste the resources used, hence further researched about the wattage of the microwave I use. We got this microwave from a friend of ours when we bought our house. It didn't come with a user manual, so had to call up the manufacturer to get the wattage info. I saw this website online which has very good information about the different wattage of microwaves available and how to convert the time needed for cooking in a 600-700 watts (most microwave recipes that's available online are for 600-700 watts microwave) to suit the wattage of your microwave. I never expected my microwave to be 1100 watts as I thought since its quiet an old one and small size without any grill feature, it should be less than 600-700 watts, but was truly surprised to find that it was more than that. So I recommend that you check the wattage with your microwave manufacturer before proceeding with baking or heavy duty cooking in it. So after much research I decided to bake a Pineapple upside down cake.
Here goes the recipe (which is suited for a 1100 watts microwave, hence if your microwave has a different wattage, you can use the website I listed above in hyperlink to convert the cooking time. The recipe remains same, just the cooking time varies). The original recipe (refer hyperlink at the end of this post) was for 600-700 watts (the cooking time being 9 minutes) and I converted the cooking time to suit a 1100 microwave.:
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 pineapple slices
- 1.5 cups cake flour
- 2 tspns baking powder
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbspn warm milk
- Melt butter in a 9 inch bundt/flute pan
- Arrange pineapple slices, raisins evenly at the bottom of the pan
- Sprinkle the brown sugar on the fruits
- Sift flour and baking powder
- Beat butter and sugar until fluffy
- Beat the eggs one by one into the butter/sugar mixture
- Fold in the flour mixture alternatively with vanilla and warm milk
- Pour the batter into the pan so that the batter is spread evenly
- Microwave for 5 minutes 44 seconds.
Verdict: The cake was moist and soft. Its best served when it cools down.
I am sending this to the MEC Festive Food event organized by Cham and started by Srivalli
Recipe source: Microwave recipes