Brownie Pudding

I remember when I first got married, I was just sure that every year my husband and I would do something special on our anniversary.  Well, we did on our one year.  We went to a little Bed & Breakfast in Julian and had a great time strolling the streets, holding hands, chatting, enjoying each other’s company and even exchanging gifts.
Wow, how times have changed!  We just celebrated our eight year anniversary on Tuesday.  I use the word “celebrate” quite loosely because we didn’t do anything particularly special this year.  The night before our anniversary Kevin told me that he was going to get me the necklace I have been wanting but now it’s no longer available.  Well that was okay with me because I was going to get him a card but that didn’t work out either.  Yes, a card.  That was going to be his anniversary gift but when I entered Papyrus with my kids in tow, it wasn’t long before the melt downs, arguing, and “mommy mommy mommy” began.  Needless to say, I left empty handed.
When I realized on the day of our anniversary that I still hadn’t gotten Kevin a card, I made the mistake of trying again. I packed all three kids in the car and headed to Safeway this time.  Did you know that at Safeway they give out sample cookies in the bakery? Bribery at its best! I told my kids that if they sat nice in the cart and didn’t argue that they could have a cookie before we left.  Well, they did.  They sat in the cart and they did not argue and we came home from Safeway with milk, bananas and of course their cookies. That’s right milk, bananas and cookies.  I forgot the card!  Of course, I forgot the card I was busy playing peek a boo with Drew, reminding Bella to keep her hands to herself and telling Caleb that he could not have the balloon he wanted.  How was I supposed to remember the card?
If you are a mom you know that there are few opportunities to go out in the day.  That was my one and only opportunity.  The rest of my day was full with lunch, naps, and tee ball practice.  What could I do to redeem myself on our anniversary?  Well if nothing else, I knew I could make my husband a good dessert… 
So later when Kevin arrived home from work with a card and flowers in his hands, he was welcomed with a messy house, 3 kids running wild, a slightly disheveled wife, a kiss and Brownie Pudding baking in the oven.
Wow, how times have changed! Marriage after eight years looks a whole lot different than marriage after one year.  Besides the flowers and the card that I received and the Brownie Pudding I made, it really was just another day in our crazy life. No date, no trip, no gifts just an ordinary day with the man I love, our three beautiful kids and some Brownie Pudding.  I am blessed.

Brownie Pudding
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
4 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup good cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (1.8 Liter) oval baking dish.
Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5-10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow.
Meanwhile, whisk 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.
Bake for 55 minutes. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding and a lava cake :)
Allow to cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream.
source:  adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

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  1. 1
    chelsea says:

    Allie, that is a great story…we are right there with you! One year I DID get a card, but I was so busy that I forgot to write anything on it…just left it totally blank…and it was a blank card to begin with! Our ten year is next month and I would love to go on a trip…but it looks like it will be a new house later in the summer instead. Such is life!

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    Tanya says:

    I sure can relate! We just celebrated our 8th year too and times have changed! Once the kids are older, grown and gone or something, we will hopefully all get to take that fun anniversary trip again! You are not alone…the kids take over, don't they?!

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    Cindy M says:

    Allie, that is the best story ever. You will have those romantic get aways again, I promise, it just gets better all the time. Just always remember to keep Kevin your best friend always and everything makes a turn-around. But remember too that this is a very, very special time in your life with your beautiful babies. And by the way the brownie pudding looks awesome, could you make us some in 2

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    Angie's Recipes says:

    The brownie pudding looks scrumptious!

  5. 5
    heather says:

    I LOVED reading this post! And the brownies look awesome! I am going to make a list of requests for when I come to visit this summer!

  6. 6
    kwsuydam says:

    It works Heather, the request that is. I got Sugar Donut Muffins when I came to visit last time! Thank you Allie! They were wonderful. Cindy your post is so true.

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    Cinnamon-Girl says:

    Happy Belated Anniversary! The brownie pudding is divine. Priorities sure change when you have kids. But you truly are blessed!

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    Jane says:

    Thia is the most AMAZING dessert I have ever eaten!!  It baked up perfectly and I will definitely be making it again and again.  I no longer need any other dessert!!  Thank you SO much for sharing!!!