Chocolate Brownie Trifle

Ingredients:

For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the layers:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup shredded chocolate for garnish

Directions:

Prepare the brownies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually blend this mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 9×9 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the brownies to cool completely, then cut them into cubes.

Whip the cream:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Whip the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Assemble the trifle:

  1. In a large trifle dish, start by layering half of the brownie cubes.
  2. Add half of the whipped cream on top of the brownies.
  3. Spread half of the chopped strawberries over the whipped cream.
  4. Repeat these layers with the remaining brownie cubes, whipped cream, and strawberries.
  5. Finish with a final layer of whipped cream.
  6. Garnish the top with shredded chocolate and a few strawberry slices for decoration.

Tips and Variations:

  • Variation: For a different flavor, you can substitute raspberries or blueberries for the strawberries.
  • Chocolate Lovers: Add chocolate chips or chunks into the brownie batter for an extra chocolatey treat.
  • Alcoholic Twist: Drizzle a bit of coffee liqueur or amaretto over the brownie cubes before layering for an adult version of this dessert.

How to Store:

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover trifle in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 2 days. Ensure it is covered with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container.
  • Freezing: This trifle doesn’t freeze well due to the fresh strawberries and whipped cream, which can become watery and lose their texture upon thawing.

FAQs:

Can I make this trifle ahead of time?

  • Yes, you can prepare the brownies and whip the cream ahead of time. Assemble the trifle just before serving to ensure the freshest taste and texture.

What can I use instead of a trifle dish?

  • If you don’t have a trifle dish, you can use any large, clear glass bowl to showcase the beautiful layers.

Can I use store-bought brownies?

  • Absolutely! If you’re short on time, store-bought brownies can be a convenient alternative.

Can I add other fruits?

  • Yes, you can add other fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, or bananas. Just make sure they are fresh and not overly juicy to prevent the trifle from becoming soggy.

Is there a low-fat version of this recipe?

  • You can use a light whipped topping and low-fat brownies to reduce the calorie content. However, the texture and flavor might slightly differ.

Enjoy making and indulging in this delightful Chocolate Brownie Trifle!

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