This dessert is a favorite at my house.
It seems kind of crazy when you are making it. Normal baking instincts don’t really apply to this recipe. But when it’s done you end up with brownies sitting on top of hot fudge.
Clearly the only thing missing is a bowl of ice cream…
Let’s begin with the batter for the brownies. Then things get weird… You sprinkle some brown sugar and cocoa over top of the brownie batter. THEN pour water over the top of that. Crazy?!
I know, it seems weird, but that water and cocoa mixture is what turns into the thick, hot fudge. And somehow it magically ends up UNDER the brownies.
You have to eat this with ice cream. I’m sorry, that’s just the rules. 😉 The brownie isn’t overly sweet, which is one of the reasons I serve it with ice cream.
The sweetness from the ice cream compliments the flavor of the brownies, and who wants hot fudge without ice cream anyway? Not me.
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 Tbs oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 3/4 cup hot water- not boiling, just hot from the tap is fine
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, 2 Tbs cocoa, baking powder, and salt then stir. Add the milk, oil and vanilla to that and mix until fully combined. Pour this batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Stir that together and sprinkle over the brownie batter in the pan. Gently pour the hot water over top of the brownie batter. Carefully place the pan in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. The brownie should be set when it is finished cooking. Use caution when removing the brownies from the oven. If you tip the pan hot fudge will spill out!
- Let sit for a few minutes before serving. Scoop the brownie and some of the hot fudge below it onto a bowl of ice cream. Eat immediately so the ice cream doesn’t melt. Store left overs tightly covered with foil in the fridge or on the counter. Reheat in oven before eating again.
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