Brownie Pudding

On April 20th my son had his 5th birthday. April 20th doesn’t have the best track record. The day has a history of events like the Columbine shootings, National Pot Smoking Day, and Hitler’s birthday to just list a few.

I like to think that my beautiful son being born on that day was heaven’s way of evening the score.

My son takes after me because he loves chocolate just as much as I do, if not more. For his birthday party with his friends he really wanted to pick out a cake at the store. Ugh. I wanted to make this Brownie Pudding that my friend Jenn told me about, so it was the perfect excuse for us to make it for my chocolate lovin’ son at home on his birthday.

I don’t know if Brownie pudding is the best name for it. It’s more like Brownie Crack. The top has a hard layer that I let my son “crack” with a big spoon. Inside is a gooey, chewy center.

There was a man was on my neighbor’s roof pressuring cleaning it when we were in the backyard “cracking” and eating this dessert. I’m not sure if he was staring in horror or jealously as we went to town on it, but he definitely kept staring. Not my best moment and to have a stranger witness my lack of self control, even worse.

You must eat this with a scoop of ice cream or some fresh whipped cream. It’s really rich but worth every calorie.

Brownie Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish or a 9x13 baking dish. Note: You will need a slightly bigger dish to place this dish in while you cook it with a water bath so keep that in mind. I placed a 9x13 inside a 15X17 baking dish.
  2. Melt the 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter and set aside to cool.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside (I'm very guilty of never sifting).
  4. When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla, and the cocoa powder and flour mixture. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.
  5. Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add enough of the hottest tap water to the pan to come halfway up the side of the dish and bake for exactly 1 hour. A cake tester inserted 2 inches from the side will come out 3/4 clean. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.
  6. Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

adapted from Ina Garten ; via my friend Jenn Neville

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Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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  1. I am excited to try this!

  2. I love that crunchy crust! Kind of like breaking the top of a creme brulee. :)

    Christina
    http://www.becauseofmadalene.com

  3. April 20th is my husband’s birthday too! And he LOVES chocolate as well! He would just love this dessert! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to make it for him!

  4. That looks all kind of awesome! Definitely going to try it. And don’t worry – men on roofs are notoriously judgmental.

  5. Oh my this looks awesome!! Yes 4:20 doesn’t really have the best track record. I’m sure your son’s B-day has definitely brightened it up allot… as does this brownie pudding!

  6. I WANT this!!

  7. Aww, I like what you said about your son’s birthday. My little guy was born on September 11, and its weird to say his birthday outloud sometimes, but that is a great way to look at it! Heaven was evening the score :).

    Oh, and the recipe looks Amazing! Mmmm….

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

  8. Yum! Looks amazing! I’m drooling here!!

  9. Men! This is one of the brownies I used to make for my hubby, then one day he said he preferred brownies from a BOX. I am known for being a good cook, and everyone I have told this just can not believe it.

  10. !! This is INSANE. I would totally want this to be my birthday cake–and I’m not above eating it right outta the dish with a spoon. I hope your son had a happy birthday and enjoyed the brownie deliciousness!

  11. One of my friends brought this to a dinner party once, and it’s just beyond amazing! So delicious

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  12. Hi Christy,

    I really love your blog! I’m a follower now!
    I mentioned your blog in mines: http://www.bijsaab.blogspot.com.
    I hope you don’t mind?
    I really look forward to try your recipes and many more..

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina (from the Netherlands)

  13. That looks incredibly in danger of being eaten entirely in one sitting. By one person. Such as myself.

  14. The 20th is my moms birthday too. I too am convinced truly special and wonderful people are born on that day.

  15. oh wow. this is my favorite kind of treat. crunchy and gooey. And I was just looking for a brownie recipe. This would be a great treat for a tea party too.

  16. Although it’s hard to beat Betty Crocker Brownies, these look really good!

  17. That looks ridiculously good… I would definitely serve that hot with vanilla icecream (it’s freezing cold here today and I’m thinking about wintry desserts)

  18. @Bij Saab,
    Of course I don’t mind. Share away!

  19. Happy Birthday Brocky! This sounds amazing…I’m craving brownies like crazy lately:)

  20. I will take a chocolaty brownie any day! Happy birthday to your son!

  21. Happy birthday to your son!! And oh my does this ever look delicious! I may have to try making this this weekend!

  22. It’s our daughter’s birthday too. I agree with you. It couldn’t be a sweeter day, despite the 4-20 meaning. Happy Birthday to your son!

  23. yuuummmyyyy! I love crunchy crust!!
    congratulation to your son♥

  24. This looks so awesome! I love anything chocolate so I’ll definitely be trying it very soon.

  25. I feel like I am pinning everything on your blog! :) Thanks for all the good recipes! Can’t wait to try this one out on my brownie-loving husband…

  26. uuuuughh…I need this so bad right now!!!

  27. Jill Kotsoglou says:

    I make lunches for the volunteers and workers at the Habitat for Humanity Store in Freeland, WA a couple times per month or more.
    I know everyone there will LOVE this recipe for a dessert.

  28. Wow 2 cups of sugar to 1/2 cup flour…..really??!!

  29. I was so looking forward to the crackly top. I followed the recipe exactly to a T even to finding the right sized pans but it came out cakey with no crackly top. What did I do wrong?

  30. Yes a whole hour because everyone in my house was sooo impatient! Everything exactly as you said but 325F converts to 160C (Im in Australia) and I thought that was quite a low heat. Do you think it should be baked on a higher heat for less time? I would try again just to get that crackly top!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I’ve never cooked with a gas oven. I would think that a higher heat would help but I can’t be sure. Sorry!

  31. Oh and I have a gas oven, would that make a difference?

  32. Amazing! I made this tonight and the whole family loved it! Two things, first it is so super rich so I would definitely make sure the ice cream amount matches the pudding serving and second, apparently my oven is a little cooler then said temp so I would have to bake it at least 10 minutes longer to get the middle where it should be. That said BRAVO!!!!! It went very fast!

  33. Is it okay to use an 8×8 sized pan inside of a 9×13? those are the only two sizes I have :/

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I think the 8×8 would be two small. You could have the recipe and put it in the 8×8 in a water bath in the 9×13. If you do the whole recipe and use the 9×13 you could maybe skip the water bath?