Happy Groundhog Day!!
This has been a family favorite in our house for about 5 years and would be perfect for a Valentine's Day dessert. Whenever I want to get the whole family over I just tell them that I have made Brownie Pudding. I usually have all the ingredients in the house and other than cooking it in the oven for an hour, its very quick to assemble. It's very rich and very chocolate-y and is much better served warm and never lasts very long in our house.
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
5 large eggs (or 4 extra large)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cocoa powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter a 2 quart baking dish. Melt the butter and set aside to cool. Sift cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes until light yellow color.
Reduce speed to low and add flour/cocoa powder mixture and vanilla extract. Mix just until combined.
Still on low add the cooled butter and mix again.
Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add enough hot tap water to the pan to come up halfway on the baking dish and bake exactly for 1 hour. When done the center will be very undercooked and the edges will come out 3/4 clean when a toothpick is inserted.
This is between a brownie and a pudding so its not very formed except for the top crust. Serve with vanilla ice cream while still warm.
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