Decadent Brownie Trifle
Well what can I say about Trifles? I have never had one nor have I ever made one until this week. I was shopping on the weekend and seen a trifle bowl and thought “darn it, this time I’m going to buy it” I actually did too. So for days now I have been looking on Pinterest for trifle recipes and what flavours go well together. The ones I seemed to find were either all fruity, or all chocolate.
I wanted a combination of fruit, chocolate and cream. I decided to make one up instead of finding a recipe. I’m not sure if buying the trifle bowl was a good idea or a bad one. I made this dish last night and was dreaming about it in my sleep. I ended up having some for breakfast this morning ( well it has eggs and fruit , great breakfast foods right?)
The Gathering Of Items
So I knew I wanted chocolate as the main flavour, but did I want cake or brownie’s? I chose to make my Chocolate Fudge Brownies for this recipe. They are so chocolatey, decadent and delicious, plus I make them with Kahlua instead of water.
So I made a batch of these, let them cool and then cut them into 1 x 1 inch squares and set aside ( all except a couple I had to test eat of course.
I had to figure out what would be the best tasting ingredients to go with the brownies. I knew I wanted some kind of fruit, so I decided that a nice chunky Strawberry Sauce to go over the brownies would be the best choice.
I wanted something Christmas looking as I had baked shortbread earlier in the day. So I was already in the Christmas mood. Ok, so what will taste good with chocolate and strawberries? I thought about making pudding. That was too boring. My boyfriends favour donut is the Boston Creme donut, so I decided to make a Vanilla Pastry Creme for the next layer.
Now the only problem with that was, I didn’t want it to be thick like a pudding, I wanted it kind of fluffy. So I decided to make a whipped cream and mix 2 cups into the pastry cream (after it was cooled of course ). I wanted a good stable whipped cream. One that I could use to decorate the top with but also that would hold up for a couple days. I decided that Wilton’s Stabilized Whipped Cream would be the best.
Layering The Trifle
I have all my ingredients baked, cooled, cut and ready to go. How do I want to layer it? Well I know the brownies are going on the bottom.
Next I wanted to pour half of the strawberry sauce over the brownies, I wanted the brownies to soak up that strawberry flavour. YUMMY!
Then the next layer is the fluffy pastry creme. I was a little scared to mix the whipped cream into the pastry creme, because even when I tried to google it, I couldn’t find any information on mixing the two together. IT WAS HEAVENLY!
The last layer is the whipped cream. You want to make sure that every layer is a full layer and spread nice and evenly on top one another.
Do It Again
Ok, so now you want to start the layers all over again; brownie, strawberry sauce, pastry creme and whipped cream. Do this until your ingredients are gone ( save some of the brownie pieces for decoration ).
To finish the trifle off, I took an icing bag full of whipped cream and made a beautiful border. Next I took the remainder of the brownies and broke them up as small as I could and filled the center with them. I then took a shortbread cookie and crumbled it all over the top, to look like this:
IT WAS DELICIOUS!
Stay tuned for the Stabilized whipped cream, Vanilla Pastry Creme, and Strawberry sauce recipes coming later this week.
Have you ever made a trifle? what flavours do you use? Please leave comments below