Yesterday was a success. I got a lot of work done! :) I do, however, have the shortest attention span, I get very restless, very quickly! I know....let's save my diagnosis for later ;) Well, I take quite a few breaks, because when I don't, I get too antsy to be productive and become stir crazy. So-- taking breaks ends up being better for my productivity. Anywhoo, during those breaks, I like to spend my time scrolling through Pinterest- my place of inspiration and ideas. I mean what would my life be like without Pinterest?! I have been seeing these brownie pudding recipes flying all over the place. And I am always a sucker for brownies. I mean sometimes brownies and cookies are just as delicious uncooked as they are baked. My only exception have been pudding cookies-- which I will not go on and on about again :) I promise!
So I decided I would go ahead and try it. The ingredients are simple-- baking staples that I always have. Not only are these ingredients I already had laying around- but the batter was quick to whip up! A win-win! The baking reminded me of a flan--which also reminded me that I've never made a flan after starting this blog. I baked mine a little longer to create more of a mousse texture than a batter texture, because really if I wanted batter- I would have just saved myself the time and not baked it. Plus, I always like to avoid the chances of that ever so great salmonella poisoning. I mean have you ever got food poisoning?! Both the hubby and I have voted it one of the worst things to have ever.
As for this recipe! It is definitely AMAZING! I think I've said this before-- but usually I don't eat what I bake, except for cookies. But this has got to be an exception. If you could imagine a brownie mousse-batter love child-- this is it. A brownie that never gets dry or hard, and that absolutely melts in your mouth- with just thin layer of crunch to add texture. Delicious! I ate almost the entire thing myself! I could not help myself, it became my breakfast, lunch and dinner. You haven't heard of that new brownie diet ;) The hubby decided to eat his with the triple brownie ice cream I was telling you about. Cute right- triple brownie ice cream on top of a brownie pudding (mousse). Definitely will make this again, especially for my sister, I know she will love it!
Preheat Oven to 325F Degrees
2 sticks of butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. cocoa (Hershey's Special Dark)
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
Grease a 2 quart baking dish. If you do not know what constitutes a 2 quart baking dish (like me, you can refer this helpful chart). Set aside.
Melt butter and set aside to cool. Then, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar on medium high speed until a thick, pale yellow batter is reached (approximately 8-10 minutes). While whisking the eggs and sugar, sift and combine cocoa and flour. Make sure to sift, as you do not want lumps in your batter.
Once eggs and sugar appear thick and yellow, decrease the speed of the mixer to low and add vanilla extract followed by dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. The slowly pour in cooled, but melted butter-- again mixing until just combined.
Pour brownie batter into the prepared baking dish (I used a 8 inch square baking dish). Place this baking dish into a larger baking pan (I used a 9x13 casserole dish). Fill the larger pan with hot top water until half way full. Bake for 1 hour. If you want a batter like consistency bake for about 45-50 minutes. If you would like to have a mousse like consistency bake for 60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature--maybe with some ice cream :)