This Brownie Pudding dessert recipe has a crunchy top layer with an ooey gooey rich and decadent chocolate inside!
(originally posted 2012)
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 this year 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 this dish.
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.
WHAT IS A WATER BATH?
A water bath is a pan of water that the dish you are cooking is placed in
Some foods such as cheesecakes and puddings require a lot of moisture in the oven while they bake. A water bath is used for this. You do not HAVE to use a water bath but in this case the brownie can crack. Not a huge deal.
You must eat this with a scoop of ice cream or some fresh whipped cream. It’s really rich but worth every calorie.
If chocolate’s not your thing, maybe you would like this Banana Pudding.
OTHER CHOCOLATE RECIPES:
- Molten Lava Cookies
- The Best Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Souffle
- Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- S’mores Cookies
- No-Bake Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish, (2 sticks)
- 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, (Or seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean)
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter 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. Note: A water bath gives the best result but is not absolutely necessary.
- Melt the 1 cup of butter and set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 2-3 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).
- 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.
- 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 50-60 minutes. 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.
- Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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This was amazingly delicious! I was kind of anxious about the whole double pan water broil thing, but it turned out perfectly. Can’t wait to make it again!
Is it okay to use an 8×8 sized pan inside of a 9×13? those are the only two sizes I have :/
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?
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!
Oh and I have a gas oven, would that make a difference?
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!
I’ve never cooked with a gas oven. I would think that a higher heat would help but I can’t be sure. Sorry!
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?
Shoot! Are you sure it baked long enough?
Wow 2 cups of sugar to 1/2 cup flour…..really??!!
Yes. This is super rich.
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.
uuuuughh…I need this so bad right now!!!
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…
This looks so awesome! I love anything chocolate so I’ll definitely be trying it very soon.
yuuummmyyyy! I love crunchy crust!!
congratulation to your son♥
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!
Happy birthday to your son!! And oh my does this ever look delicious! I may have to try making this this weekend!
I will take a chocolaty brownie any day! Happy birthday to your son!
Happy Birthday Brocky! This sounds amazing…I’m craving brownies like crazy lately:)
Of course I don’t mind. Share away!
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)
Although it’s hard to beat Betty Crocker Brownies, these look really good!
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.
The 20th is my moms birthday too. I too am convinced truly special and wonderful people are born on that day.
That looks incredibly in danger of being eaten entirely in one sitting. By one person. Such as myself.
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Sabrina (from the Netherlands)
One of my friends brought this to a dinner party once, and it’s just beyond amazing! So delicious
Mal @ The Chic Geek
!! 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!
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.
Yum! Looks amazing! I’m drooling here!!
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….
I WANT this!!
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!
That looks all kind of awesome! Definitely going to try it. And don’t worry – men on roofs are notoriously judgmental.
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!
I love that crunchy crust! Kind of like breaking the top of a creme brulee. 🙂
I am excited to try this!