Another Foodie Friday submission from The Erratic Cook, a chef in her own mind from right here in Okotoks.

Magical Brownie Pudding

I remember as a kid my Mom making Brownie Pudding and to my amazement it coming out of the oven as a brownie and sauce in one pan! Pure magic!!
Well thanks to Mary Margaret McBride’s Encyclopedia of Cooking, a beautiful cookbook I received as a gift, I found a recipe for the very same Brownie Pudding. This cookbook has a womping 1534 pages of everything from how to skin and prepare a nice roasted squirrel – yes squirrel – and other misc meats, to the politically incorrect, Menus for Fat, Average & Thin Persons. A whole section on Infant and Child Feeding, Cooking for a Crowd, Hearty Men’s Buffet, lots of recipes for gelatin and oh so much more! Complete with color and black & white pictures that have faded and yellowed with age to make them more appealing and appetizing. It is complete and in very good shape for its age – copyright 1959. A truly fascinating read, some very good recipes and some interesting information that you wouldn’t expect for 1959. I love it.

Anyway, here is the recipe:

Page 460 – Category – Dessert – Puddings

Brownie Pudding:
½ cup sifted enriched flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon melted shortening (I used butter)
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup chopped nuts
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
¾ cup boiling water

Sift flour with baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon cocoa into bowl. Add milk, shortening, and vanilla; mix only until smooth. Then add chopped nuts.
Turn into greased casserole or small baking dish.
Mix brown sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa together and sprinkle over batter. Then pour boiling water over top of batter. This forms sauce in bottom of pan after pudding is baked. Magic!
Bake in moderate oven – 350 F – 30 to 40 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.

I have made some adjustments when experimenting with this recipe and decided to bake it for a shorter time and add more of the sauce ingredients.

This might just be my oven, but a heads up anyway.

This is delicious when served hot out of the oven with some mixed berries and ice cream – Yum!

Til next time

The Erratic Cook

I love this dessert, it does remind me of when I was a kid. Give it a try and enjoy the magic!

~ Tracy