The chef and owner of Prova Pizzbar in New York City serves up a dazzling dessert to feed a crowd

By People Staff
February 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Credit: Victor Protasio

The chef and owner of Prova Pizzbar in New York City serves up a dazzling dessert to feed a crowd

Donatella Arpaia’s Dark-Chocolate Skillet Brownie

7 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter
3 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground espresso beans
2½ tsp. vanilla extract, divided
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. table salt
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
4 large egg yolks
¼ cup superfine sugar
1 Tbsp. (½ oz.) lemon liqueur (such as Limoncello)
Edible gold glitter dust (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350° with rack in lower third position. Microwave chocolate and butter in a microwavable bowl on high until melted, about 1 minute, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir together eggs, granulated sugar, ground espresso and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl. Stir chocolate mixture into egg mixture; let cool 5 minutes. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; stir into chocolate-egg mixture until fully incorporated.

2. Spoon batter into an ungreased 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs, 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool.

3. Heat milk, cream and 1½ teaspoons vanilla in a small saucepan over medium low, stirring occasionally, until small bubbles begin to appear around edges of pan, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together yolks and superfine sugar in a medium-size heatproof bowl.

4. Gradually pour hot-milk mixture into yolk mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over low, stirring often with a rubber spatula, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in liqueur. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl; discard solids. Drizzle sauce over brownie, and garnish with edible glitter, if desired.

Serves: 8
Active time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes