Trifles are one of my favourite desserts to make; they are usually fairly easy to make and they present well with little to no extra work. Normally I make brownie/whipped cream/strawberry trifle but I was hosting friends for an early holiday party and I wanted something a little more wintery and festive. So, I decided to get creative and tweak the recipe a bit in order to fit the theme a little bit better- this recipe is perfect for any skill level in the kitchen!
So, we actually didn’t end up eating it at our get together (too full from all of the perogies… #Winnipegproblems) but my family really enjoyed it after! I like using brownie in trifles because of the density- I find that regular cake disintegrates fairly quickly while holds up longer. I also just prefer brownies….
Peppermint Chocolate Trifle
-3 Cups Chocolate Pudding
-3 Cups Whipping Cream
-1/4 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
-1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
-9×13 Pan of Brownies cut into inch squares
(If you want recipes for homemade chocolate pudding or brownies, let me know in the comments! When I usually make this, I go with mixes for the pudding and brownies because I am specifically making it for the ease. If you want to step it up, you can go for homemade but I’ve not actually noticed a huge difference in the taste of the trifle itself.)
1. Bake brownies appropriately and let cool completely. Cut into squares.
2. Mix chocolate pudding and let cool completely in fridge.
3. Pour whipping cream into mixing bowl/stand mixer. Add confectioner’s sugar and peppermint extract, and whip into stiff peaks.
4. Layer pudding, brownies, and whipped cream in bowl (in that order) until bowl is full.
I like to use a clear bowl so that you can actually see the layers- it’s part of the presentation! If you don’t have one though, it’s not the end of the world. And heads up, although it looks nice in the serving bowl, it will plop messily when you serve it. (Which shouldn’t matter, because people will probably be digging in and not just looking at it!)
This is an easy and fun holiday recipe for potlucks and family/friend gatherings! It doesn’t take a ton of skill level- I appreciate this as I’m usually making 3-4 desserts for an event and they all can’t be totally time intensive.
What is your go-to, quick dessert?