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Brownie. Pudding.

November 12, 2010

Stop what you are doing. Right now. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS BROWNIE PUDDING.

I made this heavenly molten chocolate brownie pudding last night from Ina Garten‘s Back to Basics cookbook and it was unbelievably good. Take everything you thought you knew and loved about regular ol’ brownies and forget about it. This is better than any brownie. I have always been a corner brownie kinda girl- I like the chewy crust around the outside…but Im never turning back to that now. I have brownie pudding. Once baked, the inside is soft and melty and the outside a crunchy-chewy shell.  It is in that realm of not quite being cooked enough and set- melty and tender, but not gooey. Serve with vanilla ice cream and you will transport yourself to chocolate heaven. Go. Make. This. Now.

Brownie Pudding
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup good cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound 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 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.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 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.

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