Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trifling in Trifles

Today, I'm delving into something new - food, and especially trifles.

Trifles are a tasty dessert, usually made with lots of layers, often defined as decadent and rich.  And they are - decadent and rich.

I first learned of trifles when I lived in Hawaii and my Australian roommate made one for all of us to try.  Trifles originated in England centuries ago and were mainly cream and sugar.  Nowadays, there are varieties of trifles to suit everyone's tastes and holiday needs.

American trifles are fairly easy to make, since we rarely work with raw materials.  American trifles take 16 ounces of whipped cream layered with different items, such as cakes, brownies, fruits, berries, chocolates.

Trifle bowls can be found almost anywhere, including Walmart and Amazon.



  There are even individual trifle bowls: 
These images are from Amazon.

Since my family loves trifles, I like to search the web for interesting recipes. From The cooking Mom I found this delicious recipe for Chocolate Mint Trifle.

Chocolate Mint Trifle

(6 votes, average: 2.33 out of 5)
Mint Chocolate Trifle

Ingredients:
1 box family size brownie mix, prepared according to directions and baked in 9″x13″ pan
3 cups cold milk
2 small boxes (3.4 ounces) instant chocolate pudding
1 container (16 ounces) of whipped topping thawed
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Drop or two of green food coloring
1 box (4.67 ounces) Andes mints, unwrapped
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
Directions:
Cool brownies and cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes. Add milk to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Beat until pudding starts to thicken. Stir peppermint extract into pudding. Mix a little green food coloring into the whipped topping until it turns light green. In a clear glass bowl or trifle dish add half of the brownie cubes, a quarter of chopped Andes mints, half of the green whipped topping and, half of the pudding. Repeat to build layers ending with pudding, saving some of the green whipped topping and mints. Cover loosely with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving remove plastic and decorate the top with a “cloud” of the reserved green whipped topping. Sprinkle some mints on top and garnish with fresh mint sprig.

I rate this 5 yummies:
 

Thank you, The Cooking Mom for this.  My family loved it.  If you go to her link, you'll find other delicious recipes and you can print this one out for your recipe collection.

Do you make trifles?  What's your favorite?

Thanks for dropping by.  LHR my dear friends and PAWS for Success.

25 comments:

The Desert Rocks said...

Oh Donna, that definitely got my attention. I think everyone will need to come visit your blog for this awesomeness! Thanks!

Donna Yates said...

The Desert Rocks, you made my day! Thank you for your comment.

Christina Williams said...

Oh that looks so good!! I love making trifles.

Roger Lawrence said...

You forgot to mention that with the British propensity for booze, everyone here sloshes in enough to burn through the bowl.

Donna Yates said...

Christina, it is delicious. Thank you for your comment.

Roger, booze. Why didn't we think of that? Sounds like a good recipe to me. Thank you for your comment.

Elizabeth Maginnis said...

That looks great!

Barbara said...

I love raspberry trifle (with just a little booze), lots of custard and double cream on top. Delicious! Chocolate mint trifle also sounds delicious I shall have to give it a try.

Donna Yates said...

Elizabeth, thank you for your comment. They are fun to look at and to eat.

Barbara, yours sounds delicious. The double cream on top - I wouldn't be able to resist it.

Sharon's Sunlit Memories said...

Mmm - yummy! I love trifle. We always have it for Christmas as my family don't like Christmas pudding or Christmas cake. This recipe looks delicious and is quite different to what I am used to. Our 'everyday' trifle is similar to Barbara's - sponge cake base soaked in sherry, fruit (whatever is available), custard making up the body and a layer of cream on top (with cherries and chocolate flakes). Now I really feel like a helping!!

Fairday Morrow said...

This looks out of this world delicious! I don't think I have ever had a trifle dessert- unless Death By Chocolate counts. I want this dessert NOW! :)

~Jess

Donna Yates said...

Sharon's Sunlit Memories, thank you for your comment. Wow, soaking a sponge cake in sherry sounds delicious! In the summer I'll do a berry trifle. They are such light desserts and just yummy.

Fairday Morrow, thank you for your comment. Mmmm. Death by Chocolate. This is a delicious dessert though. Hard to resist.

Kelly Hashway said...

They are so pretty, too! I think I have a trifle dish somewhere. I'm feeling the urge to find it.

Donna Yates said...

Kelly, thank you for your comment. I love the idea of small trifle bowls, esp if you are having guests over. Then everyone is served their own little trifle. How fun!

Claudine G. said...

It sounds delicious and I can almost smell mint from that picture. Chocolate and mint go very well together.

Donna Yates said...

Claudine, I'm honored you commented on my blog! Thank you so much. And it is so delicious.

fOIS In The City said...

Oh Sweet Donna, how I adore this post and love, love triffles. My fav is with chunks of fudge brownies, whipped cream, black cherries and caramel dripped between layers. Got is off the food channel, but I will have to "steal" The Cooking Mom from you.

Donna Yates said...

Florence, I adore caramel on almost every desser, so this sounds heavenly, especially with black cherries. You'll enjoy The Cooking Mom. Lots of fun recipes there.

OneMommy said...

I am not the maker of desserts around here - my husband is. (I get spoiled...) I'm going to have to show him this, b/c it looks yummy. :)

Donna Yates said...

OneMommy, thank you for your comment, and aren't you lucky? A man who can cook desserts - very nice. And this is very very yummy.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh yes! They are sinful and delicious. Never made any myself, but never refuse one if offered to me. :)

Donna Yates said...

lol, PK, me neither. They are just too yummy to say no to. thank you for your comment.

Joleene Naylor said...

Oh that looks good! I once made one with chunks of pound cake and berries in it that was pretty tasty.

Donna Yates said...

Joleene, thank you for your comment. For some reason, berries and pound cake taste so good together.

Angie Bailey said...

Mom, your trifles. <3 I love them so much. I constantly brag about them! So so good.

Donna Yates said...

Thank you, Ange