Friday, March 7, 2014

Ina Fridays: Brownie Pudding

This month's Ina Friday assignment was for a dessert, and with my husband's birthday coming up, I quickly decided to make him Brownie Pudding.  The guy loves brownies, chocolate, and batter, so it seemed like a perfect choice. 

I had to halve the recipe because I didn't have baking dishes that would have worked for the whole recipe (you need to make a water bath), used vanilla extract instead of the seeds from a vanilla bean, and did not have the optional framboise.

Regardless, the brownie pudding turned out really well!  It has a crunchy, sugary crust on top, then the inside is insanely chocolaty (there's more cocoa than flour in it!), soft and chewy near the edges, and delightfully gooey at the center.  I think I may have baked it a smidgen too long because the center was not actually runny, but it doesn't seem to have hurt things one bit.  My husband gave this 10 stars and had two large servings.  Most definitely a repeat, and better than any molten chocolate cake either of us have had at restaurants.

As a plus, this is super easy to make with pretty impressive and very yummy results!  And since you serve it warm (with ice cream, no less), unlike with a cake, brownies, cheesecake, or pie, you don't have to wait for it to cool before serving.

Brownie Pudding

1 stick butter
2 eggs, room temperature
1 C sugar
1/3 C cocoa powder, plus 1 Tbsp
1/4 C flour
seeds of half a vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 Tbsp framboise liquer, optional (I did not have this)
vanilla ice cream to serve it with

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a flat, 1 quart baking dish that fits comfortably inside of another baking dish (you're going to make a water bath).  In the bowl of a stand mixer, place eggs and sugar.  Attach paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and light yellow.

While the sugar and eggs mix,sift together the cocoa powder and flour.  Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and add the cocoa powder-flour mixture, vanilla, and Framboise.  Mix only until combined.  With the mixer still running, slowly pour in the cooled, melted butter.  Again, mix just until combined.

Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.  Set baking dish inside the other baking dish and place it in the oven.  Fill the larger baking dish with enough hot tap water to fill it halfway up the side of the dish.  Bake until a toothpick inserted 1 1/2 inches from the side of the baking dish comes out mostly clean, about 45 minutes.  Do not over bake. 

Let the brownie pudding cool for 15 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream.

Yield: 4 servings (recipe says 3, but 4 or even 6 is more realistic)

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  1. Anna: Nothing like chocolate to make everyone happy. This is a delicious pudding- and I bet you guys really enjoyed it. Stay warm up there. We have rain turning into snow today in Colorado Springs. Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Alyce! Yeah, we really enjoyed it! There's one serving left and my husband's going to eat it tonight, I will update the post with how well it reheats.

      Rain turning into snow, not so good. The past few years, at least once per winter we've had the temperature suddenly rocket up above freezing, then rain that makes the roads absolutely terrible. Hopefully it worked out okay down in Colorado Springs!

  2. Hi Anna,
    My mother used to make brownie pudding when I was little, but I don't remember it looking that good. I'm sure the vanilla bean added a lot of flavor, too. Have a great week-end!

    1. Mireya, how did your mom make it? I'm not sure brownie pudding is the best name for this, to me that sounds like pudding with brownies in it. We loved it anyway, though! Also, I used vanilla extract because I didn't have any vanilla beans or paste, and I recently read an article that said vanilla extract is fine to use instead. I'd love to make it sometime with the framboise as well! We're going to be in Washington later this month and I'm hoping to pick up some vanilla bean paste.

  3. Your dish is a combination of mine and Alyce's! Ina's brownie recipes are really nice. Almost like a flour less cake. See you next month!

    1. Hi Mary! Yeah, there was barely any flour in it! Very yummy :D

  4. Nobody does chocolate like Ina! This looks dark and delicious.

  5. Oh drool drool! I love Ina's chocolate recipes!!

  6. I have that exact same bowl. Don't you just love the colors? And the brownie in it looks perfect! I am going to make this brownie for the next Ina dessert round.

  7. Sorry I'm so late commenting. I just love brownies and this looks yummy. Ina does good chocolate. Looks creamy!