Saturday, April 17, 2010

Don't Trifle with the Power of Brownies!

I was assigned to bring a dessert for a church dinner last night, and this is what I ended up making. I think it was really yummy and easy to make, so I thought I'd share the recipe. I like how it looks fancy. It's always nice to have a good visual presentation.

Chocolate Brownie Trifle

1 (9X13 ") brownie mix
1 large box instant chocolate pudding
1/2 C water
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened-condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) cool whip
1 (12 oz.) cool whip--unfortunately, they don't make this size anymore, so you'll have to buy a
16 oz. and have leftovers
1 regular-sized Hershey bar (you know, the 50 cent kind)

Prepare brownies according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1-inch squares (these don't have to be perfect squares, you just want brownie bites). In a medium bowl, combine pudding, water and sweetened-condensed milk. Mix till smooth and fold in 8 oz. cool whip.

You're trifle will consist of three layers: the brownie layer, the chocolate pudding layer, and the cool whip layer. Start by layering 1/3 of the brownies on the bottom of a bowl. Now add 1/3 of the pudding mixture, then add 1/3 of the cool whip (remember that if you've bought a 16 oz cool whip you may want to use less than a third or the finished product will be too "cool whipy". I think that thinner layers of cool whip are better, but if you're a huge cool whip fan, feel free to indulge!

You should finish with a layer of plain cool whip on top. Using a potato peeler, make chocolate curls with the Hershey bar and place on top.

This is very rich, so it will feed quite a number of people. Enjoy!