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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ina's Brownie Pudding

Oh, Ina...what are you doing to me? This was an optional recipe picked by Tia of Southern, Eh? of Barefoot Bloggers this month. I wasn't sure I was going to try it until I kept seeing others post it. The brownie pudding was just sitting there...being irresistible. I thought I'd follow Deb of Kahakai Kitchen's lead and just make a half batch...but no, I went ahead and made a whole batch of this waistline expander. Stupid me. Really. This is so ridiculously sweet; after about 2 bites (honestly) I could not eat anymore. And I love brownies, chocolate, pudding, ice cream, etc... Don't get me wrong, it's properly delicious...but it's also properly sinful! Even the kiddos could only eat a couple of bites (hubby managed to polish his off, though). I'm not really sure I'd ever make it again; I'll probably stick with good ol' ooey, gooey brownies. But hey, you never know until you try, right?
Brownie Pudding
recipe by Ina Garten...Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics p 218
serves 6 (i'd say many more)
1/2 lb unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering dish
4 extra-large eggs, at room temp.
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. good cocoa powder
1/2 c. ap flour
seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (i used 1/2 bean...$$$!)
1 Tbs. framboise liqueur (optional)
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart oval baking dish. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted w/ paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on med-high speed for 5-10 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, lower the speed to low and add the vanilla seeds, framboise and cocoa powder/ flour mixture. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again until just combined.
Pour 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. Center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.
Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
I know, looks scrumptious, right!?

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  1. That does look sinfully rich and decadent. Seriously- 2 cups of sugar is a lot!! But what can you do- it's Ina, right, and we trust her. Sometimes I get such a bad sweet tooth that nothing will satisfy it- I bet this would!

  2. right! I'm pretty sure it'd do the trick, Reenie :)

  3. wow, that sounds intense!! i love gooey brownies, so i'm sure this would be right up my alley!! mmmmm.

  4. Welcome to the blogroll! That brownie pudding looks ridiculously delicious.

  5. Left you some awards at my blog, come pick em up!! This looks fantastic btw..

  6. Talk about satisfying a chocolate craving!!

  7. Too funny! It was good but way to sweet for me too! Your photo with the ice cream is gorgeous!

  8. I've been tempted to try this. I first saw it in the cookbook and then Ina made it on her show. My husband said, "let's make that." We've never gotten around to it, so I'm glad to hear your opinion. We had a dinner party the other night and thought seriously about this for dessert and opted for something lighter.....and now I'm glad It did.

    I love your pink watermelon clock.

  9. Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought it was too sweet. I'm going to try it agan, but will add some instant coffee in hopes of offsetting the overpowering sweetness.

    Have you ever tried Ina's Outrageous Brownies? *That's* how chocolate should taste. :-)

  10. wow, that brownie pudding definitely looks scrumptious!

  11. Are you kidding me? plthh.... that looks so good, I feel bad for myself that I don't have any :(

  12. Sorry you thought it was too rich - I was thinking about making this one, I saw her make it on the show not too long ago. It sure looks delicious!

  13. Brownies are supposed to be sinful but not too sweet. This would be way too sweet for me.

  14. This morning I watched Ina make a triple chocolate gelato. That woman is crazy with the sweets sometimes huh?

  15. Oh wow those are positively drool worthy!

  16. wow...what a great blog! Welcome to the foodie blog roll, I have to try some of your recipes!

  17. yes...she can get a bit crazy, for sure!

    ...and Shelly, thank u!

  18. Oh boy, that is one seriously chocolate dessert! It looks divine! Hee, hee, being from the South, and having acquired the legendary Southern sweet tooth, I bet I could eat a whole serving. You COULD mail me the leftovers!! ;)


  19. oh how this sings to me!!! Great post and I am so tempted to hop into the chocolate pot, I mean the kitche, right now!!

  20. YUM!! That makes me wish I still liked chocolate! It looks gooey and delish!

  21. This is definitely my kind of dessert, though in this case less is certainly more. And perfect with the scoop of vanilla ice cream.