Sunday, 4 December 2016

Candy Cane Brownie Trifle

This rich trifle is an impressive dessert to serve after Christmas dinner. Thank you The Food Charlaton






1 9x13 inch pan of baked brownies (This recipe is a good one)
6 ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/4 cup half and half or cream
3/4 sugar
3 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup crushed candy canes (about 12 candy canes)


  • Start by making the brownies. A box mix is fine. 
  • Make sure not to over bake them. 
  • Remove brownies from the oven and cool completely .  
  • Cut brownies into bite-size chunks and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons of butter. 
  • Cook and stir over low heat until melted. 
  • Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups half and half or cream, 3/4 cup sugar, and corn syrup.  
  • Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.  
  • Boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes (set a timer!) or until sauce is reduced to about 2 1/3 cups.  
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Let cool for a minute or two, until it stops bubbling. 
  • Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.  
  • Cool to room temperature; mixture thickens as it cools. (Freezer or fridge also helps here).
  • For the whipped cream, in a chilled mixing bowl combine 2 cups cream, powdered sugar, and 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.  
  • Beat with the chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • In 16 small dessert cups, alternately layer brownie chunks, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes, ending with whipped cream and candy canes.  
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you want to do this all in one trifle bowl, place 1/3 of the brownie chunks in a 3-quart bowl or trifle dish.  Drizzle with 1/4 of the chocolate sauce.  
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 of the candy canes.  
  • Top with 1/3 of the whipped cream.  
  • Repeat layers twice more.  
  • Drizzle with remaining chocolate sauce; sprinkle with remaining candy canes.  
  • Serve immediately.


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