Happy birthday to me! Today we are celebrating at Chez CateyLou, because it is my birthday! And what better way to celebrate than with chocolate. I bake all the time (could you tell?) but I wanted to make something special for my birthday. So since it is my birthday and all about me, I decided to make myself Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding.
I saw this on her show ages ago and made a mental note to try this recipe. However I kept putting it off because I knew it would be dangerous for me. All baked goods are dangerous, but at least cookies have some built in portion control. You can freeze some, give some away, and you know that once you’ve had three, you should probably stop. But a whole pan of molten chocolate brownie cake pudding? Well I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it. So that’s why I decided to wait to make it until it was my birthday. Because no one can judge you if you eat an entire dessert if it is your birthday.
It is no secret that I love baking with yogurt (see here, here, and here). Yogurt can replace most or all of the fat in a lot of recipes while still giving you moist and tender baked goods. It allows me to make “skinny” recipes that taste (almost) as good as the real thing! The nice people at Chobani sent me a bunch of yogurt to try out in recipes (thank you!), so of course the first thing I made had chocolate in it! Skinny Chocolate Cake to be exact. The original recipe calls them fudgy brownies – I think the texture is more like a cake, but call them whatever you want – this chocolate creation is delicious! And it was so quick and easy to make. There is absolutely no oil or butter – ½ cup of Chobani and one egg does the job instead. The cake is so moist and fudgy . It is perfect on its own, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!