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Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding




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Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding is a rich chocolate dessert with a crispy, crackly crust and a dense, spoon-able center. It’s like a deep-dish flourless chocolate cake!

A dish of Brownie Pudding.

Ina Garten’s Brownie pudding recipe has a simple list of pantry ingredients.

It elevates your favorite bake sale brownie to an upscale dinner party level.  But don’t wait for a special occasion to make this, it’s easy enough for every day.

Batter for Brownie Pudding in a stand mixer.

It’s all about the texture with brownie pudding.

Sure, you could make regular brownies, but there’s something so fun and decadent about scooping out a serving of this dense, rich dessert with it’s crispy top and gooey center.  Amazingly, for all it’s richness, this recipe doesn’t use any actual chocolate, just cocoa powder!

Dusting a dish of Brownie Pudding with powdered sugar.

How to bake in a bain marie ~

Baking in a bain marie, or water bath, is super easy. The technique is used to make sure that dishes like this don’t get dried out or over-baked in the oven.  The water surrounding your baking dish ensures that the baking temperature never gets too high, while still allowing the dish to bake through.  It insures a moist, soufflé-like texture.

  • You’ll need 2 baking dishes – one to bake your recipe in, and a larger one that it can fit inside. A high sided roasting dish is ideal (think of something you’d use for a Thanksgiving turkey!)
  • When you’re ready to bake, you’ll want to fill your larger baking pan with hot or boiling water so that the water comes up about halfway up the sides of your smaller dish.
  • TIP: Set your larger pan with the water on the rack of your oven. Then set your brownie pan in it when ready.

A spoonful of Brownie Pudding in a glass.

Serving suggestions ~

I topped mine with powdered sugar, but it probably goes without saying that this gooey chocolate brownie pudding is a great canvas for getting creative.

  • simple berry sauce
  • fresh mint
  • fresh fruit like berries
  • vanilla or coffee ice cream
  • sweetened whipped cream (you can flavor it with any liqueur you like, just add a tablespoon or two before you whip.)

A dish of Brownie Pudding with two spoons.

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4.8 from 10 votes

Brownie Pudding

My Brownie Pudding is a rich chocolate dessert with a crispy, crackly crust and a dense, spoon-able center. It's like a deep-dish flourless chocolate cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, any type you have
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, or the seeds from one vanilla bean. You can also use vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F and butter an 9x12 inch oval baker (2 qt) You can also use an 8x8 baking dish. Make sure you have a larger baking dish or roasting pain handy that your baker will fit into for making a water bath.
  • Melt the butter on the stovetop or in the microwave. Set aside, and allow it to cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Whisk or sift it well to get out any lumps in the flour or cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or with a pair of electric beaters, beat the eggs and the sugar together for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed. You want the mixture to be very pale yellow and thick. I went for about 7 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer speed down to low, and slowly add the vanilla bean paste, and then the cocoa powder mixture.
  • Then, in a steady stream, add the melted butter. When everything is just mixed together, turn off the mixer.
  • Give the batter one last mix by hand, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.
  • Place your water bath pan on your oven rack. Place your baking dish inside it, and then add hot water (from your tap, or heated in a kettle) so that it comes up about halfway up the sides of the brownie baking dish.
  • Bake for 1 hour. The edges will be firm, but the center will still be soft, and it's best to under-bake rather than over do it with this cake. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least partially before serving. Can be served warm, at room temp, or cold, however you like it! It will be the goo-iest and most pudding-like while it's still warm.

Notes

Ingredient substitution suggestions ~

  • in place of the flour you can use almond flour or any nut meal
  • replace vanilla extract with almond extract, or simply leave it out
 
*recipe from Ina Garten's  Back to Basics

 

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  • Reply
    Pam McGinnity
    June 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Could this be baked in separate ramekins? Less baking time, of course.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I don’t see why not.

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    Libby
    April 25, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    This looks awesome! Will have to save it til we’re past lockdown and can have a group of 8 to eat it. Then again, I might experiment with a half recipe….yum!

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    Debbie
    April 25, 2020 at 8:29 am

    This looks great and I want to make it for work tomorrow. Should I refrigerate overnight and then bring it to room temp to serve? Or ok to leave at room temp? Just wondering about the best option for baking ahead.. Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas!

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    Maria
    April 24, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have unsweetened cocoa powder. May I use sweetened cocoa powder, and cut down on the amount of granulated sugar? Or is two cups of granulated sugar a must?

    Thank you for these recipes! Much appreciated.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 24, 2020 at 9:40 am

      You can use sweetened cocoa powder, and maybe use more like 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

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    Ginny
    April 24, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Holy Cow! All that butter (2 sticks), sugar (2 cups) & eggs (4). Sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen.
    I’m sure it’s good, but definitely unhealthy!

    • Reply
      Alexandra
      April 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Hi Ginny, this is for 8 servings and for an occasion to indulge!

      • Reply
        Audra
        April 24, 2020 at 9:09 pm

        Ginny…. why even comment ? Unnecessary. Also Butter has been shown to be good in moderation. This looks like a decadent treat. Life’s too short to worry about calories .

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        Jannah
        June 1, 2020 at 8:49 am

        5 stars
        All that crap you’ve been taught about butter and eggs causing heart attacks has been debunked many times. It’s actually the sugar and other High carbohydrate foods that causes those problems. Butter and eggs are good for you. As with any food, moderation is key. And the occasional indulgence of a dessert like this is okay.