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
1. Hull and quarter strawberries.
2. Mix strawberries, sugar and flour in a wide mug.
3. Place puff pastry over the top of the mug and lightly brush with egg. (You won’t be using the entire egg for this.)
4. Microwave mug pie on high for 1:30 to 2 minutes.
5. Crush puffed up pie crust into the mug and enjoy.