Brownie Pudding

Southern Living Brownie Pudding in bowls to serve with ice cream
PHOTO: MOLLY BOLTON

Active Time:

30 mins

Total Time:

2 hrs 30 mins

Servings:

8

Who among us hasn’t licked the spoon or bowl after whipping up some batter for a batch of brownies? If you’re that person, this browning pudding recipe is for you.

This baked pudding dessert is what molten, chocolate dreams are made of. Brownie pudding is baked to gooey perfection with a crisp, chocolatey top. Pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream.

Ingredients for Brownie Pudding

If you’ve ever made brownies, you know these ingredients well—and may even have them on hand. Here’s what is needed to make this incredible dessert:

  • Butter: We prefer unsalted so we can control the salt level of the final dish. If you use salted, cut out the additional salt.
  • Cocoa powder: Provides the deep, intense chocolate flavor brownies are known for.
  • All-purpose flour: The bulk of the pudding batter.
  • Salt: We like to balance the salt for the best flavor, but if you use salted butter, leave this out.
  • Espresso powder: This is a common baking trick: A bit of espresso powder makes the chocolate flavor of a dessert more intense—and you’ll never taste the espresso.
  • Eggs: You’ll need 4 extra-large eggs.
  • Sugar: Have to have some sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract: Provides warm, toasty notes of vanilla to enhance the whole dish.
  • Coffee liqueur: Just a bit makes the flavor of the final dish more intense. But it’s ultimately optional if you don’t have or don’t want to use.
  • Hot water: For the water bath.
  • Ice cream: Optional, but this pudding is definitely worth a scoop.
Southern Living Brownie Pudding ingredients
MOLLY BOLTON

Baking Tips for Brownie Pudding

  • Don’t cut short the times: When it comes to whipping the eggs and sugar, be sure to go the whole 10 minutes. Whipping air into the eggs and sugar is what gives this brownie pudding just the right amount of lift without using a leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder, which might make the dessert more cakey. 
  • Why a water bath? A water bath keeps the batter from baking into a chewy brownie, and maintains a gooier, pudding-like consistency. We used a roasting pan for this. 
  • Don’t overbake: Remember, this dessert is a pudding, not a brownie. It will appear underdone, but what we’re going for is a molten, decadent pudding dessert that tastes like a brownie. 
  • Cool if you want to: For a slightly firmer consistency, allow the brownie pudding to cool in the fridge.
  • Use the right cocoa powder: We prefer to use Dutch process cocoa powder in this recipe, which yields a darker, richer chocolate flavor. But you can use natural unsweetened cocoa powder if that’s what you have on hand.
Brownie Pudding for Southern Living
MOLLY BOLTON

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for buttering dish
  • 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. espresso powder or instant espresso granules
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua (optional)
  • Hot water, for water bath 
  • Vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Prepare the dish:Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with butter. Southern Living Brownie Pudding greasing the dish with butterMOLLY BOLTON
  2. Combine the dry ingredients:Sift the cocoa powder and flour together into a medium-sized bowl. Add the kosher salt and espresso powder to the bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside. Southern Living Brownie Pudding whisking together the dry ingredientsMOLLY BOLTON
  3. Whip the eggs and sugar:Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed for 10 minutes; the mixture will be pale, thickened, and voluminous. Add the vanilla extract and coffee liqueur, if using, and mix briefly to combine. Southern Living Brownie Pudding whipping the eggs and sugarMOLLY BOLTON
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients:With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, one spoonful at a time, stopping the mixer once the last spoonful has been incorporated into the batter. Be careful not to overmix. Southern Living Brownie Pudding adding the dry ingredientsMOLLY BOLTON
  5. Slowly add the melted butter to the batter:Return the mixer to low speed and carefully pour the melted butter into the batter in a slow, steady stream, mixing only until just combined. Southern Living Brownie Pudding after the butter has been addedMOLLY BOLTON
  6. Bake the pudding in a water bath:Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Next, place the baking dish in a larger baking pan (we used a roasting pan) and fill the pan with hot water until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the baking dish.Southern Living Brownie Pudding preparing the water bath before baking the puddingMOLLY BOLTONCarefully transfer the pan to the center rack of the oven and bake for 60 minutes. The top will be set with a matte appearance, and underneath will appear to be very under-bakedThat’s okay! Remember, this is a gooey pudding dessert, not a pan of brownies. Carefully remove the baking dish from the water-filled pan and allow to cool completely before serving. For a firmer pudding, allow to cool in the fridge. Best enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream!Southern Living Brownie Pudding after bakingMOLLY BOLTON