Sunday, December 26, 2010

Grandmother Warren's Baked Fudge Pudding Recipe

Baked Fudge Pudding


Ahhh, Baked Fudge Pudding! Growing up this was one of my Father’s all-time favorite desserts and if you are a chocolate lover it will soon become one of your favorites too! (Think the best ever warm, gooey, hot fudge cake!)

In the days leading up to Christmas, as we were taking down our Christmas decorations, I noticed a box labeled "Grandmother's Recipes". This shamefully forgotten box held many of Grandmother's hand-written recipes. I took it inside and we all dug through them. Smiles and heart-warming memories flooded in as we gazed upon her precious recipes, lovingly written in her elegant handwriting that is all so familiar to not only her kids, but her grandchildren as well.

Born on Christmas Day!

My Grandmother, Marlene Warren, was born December 25th, 1930. It must have been hard growing up a Christmas Baby. When she was still with us we always made sure to wish her a Happy Birthday before a Merry Christmas and to do something special to celebrate it.

Our something special this year is to honor what would have been her 80th birthday by giving Christmas gifts of one of her favorites, Baked Fudge Pudding. I think this was one of Grandmother's favorite chocolate treats to make. It’s a fun, easy to make recipe that will delight your family & guest!

Ok, so this is not a traditional kind of a cake. When prepared, Baked Fudge Pudding has a rich layer of warm chocolate fudge on the bottom and a crispy, chocolate brownie cake on top. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and the "Ahhh" factor will instantly kick in!

This unique Baked Fudge Pudding Recipe does not need to be frosted, and you do not remove it from the baking dish. Simply mix the ingredients together, bake, and let it sit for a bit so the fudge soaks into the bottom of the cake. After 30 minutes or so of letting the chocolaty fudge goodness set in, you're ready to serve. It should still be warm enough to gently melt a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a gooey warm treat that will instantly warm you from your head to your toes! It travels well and re-heats beautifully in the microwave or oven.

Grandmother Warren's Baked Fudge Pudding Recipe

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Pre-heat Oven to 350

In a large bowl SIFT together these dry ingredients;
  • 1 Cup flour

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¾ Cup pure cane, granulated sugar

  • 2 TBS cocoa

  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves

    In a 2nd bowl mix together these wet ingredients;

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (don’t use imitation)

  • ½ cup of milk (We tried Half & Half and it was NOT as good, so use skim milk for best results.)

  • 2 TBS melted butter

  • ½ Cups chopped walnuts (Optional: In case someone is allergic to nuts)

    Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Turn into your baking dish and smooth it relatively flat and uniform across the dish. We have used various size dishes and find that something in the 12” x 8” x 2” works quite well for this recipe.

    In a 3rd Bowl thoroughly mix these ingredients;
  • 1 ¼ Cups of light brown sugar

  • ½ Cup of cocoa

    Sprinkle this mixture over the top of your batter.

    Now you’ll need;
  • 2 Cups of hot water

    Pour the hot water over the entire surface. Place in the oven and bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes. We found that 45 minutes worked best in our oven. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30-45 minutes.

  • We hope that your holiday season is spent with those you love creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!

    Enjoy our family recipe and let us know how you liked it!

    From our family to yours, would like to wish you a great holiday season and a happy new year!


    1. You pour 2 Cups of Hot Water over entire surface of what? The mix? or is it cooked in a water bath? I don't understand... I'm looking for a great baked fudge recipe and have tried a few and all I'm getting is chocolate sauce with a thin crunchy layer on top. These recipes call for a water bath. Please clarify.
      Thank you!

    2. Hi Jan. Once you have put everything into the pan you pour the water over the top of the entire mixture. The water will end up mixing with the other ingredients to create the pudding. Somehow it ends up on the bottom with the wonderful brownie on top. It is not given a water bath.