Monday, February 11, 2013

Sweetheart Red Velvet Brownie Trifle

So there's something you should know about me: I'm a terrible baker. Like, really bad. Cooking is probably one of my favorite activities, because it's a creative endeavor where I'm tasting food, throwing in a spice here and a sauce there at my heart's content, doing whatever I want to create something delicious. You can't really do that with baking; you have to follow the instructions exactly or else things will go horribly, irreversably wrong. Such is the case with me and baking about 99% of the the time.

Saturday was no different. I thought I'd make red velvet brownies. I looked up a recipe, threw some ingredients together and stuck them in the oven. Surprise surprise, they fell in almost immediately after removing them from the oven. They didn't taste terrible, but the collapsed brownies looked really unsightly. Thus the idea for a brownie trifle was born:


For the brownies:

  • 1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 oz red food coloring or 3-4 drops red gel color
  • 3Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the trifle:
  • Whipped cream or cool whip
  • Raspberries, halved
  • Strawberries, chopped
  • Champagne glasses, wine glasses, mason jars or other cute containers.

Step One: Make the Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 F°. Spray an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray or grease with canola oil. 

In a saucepan, melt the butter but be careful not to burn. Remove from heat, stirring in vanilla, eggs, sugar and red food coloring until thoroughly combined. Mix in cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
Pour batter into prepared pan, spread with a spatula to smooth out top.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before removing. 

Step Two: Chop up the Brownies into Bite Sized Pieces
Step Three: Build your trifle.

Start by taking a champagne glass and tossing in a few brownie chunks. Using a small wooden spoon or a pestle, press the brownie chunks into the bottom of the champagne glass. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top. Add a layer of strawberry or raspberry chunks (or both at once.)

 Continue layering fruit, brownie, and whipped cream until finishing with the cream at the top. Garnish as desired.

Step Four: Enjoy the heck out of them. I may have eaten two. 

This is a fun, romantic, totally delicious desert which is perfect for valentines day. I'm sure your sweetheart will love it. Mine did! 



Kari said...

This looks amazing!

Ginny said...

o-my-god! this looks like heaven in a champagne glass! :-)

Mo (New on U) said...

Those look AWESOME! But I'm totally with you on the cooking vs baking thing! I like being able to plan around with recipes and ingredients as I go and I just don't know enough about the chemistry of baking to do that. Also, there is chemistry involved, so I immediately cringe. But for these, I may have to make an exception!

The Braided Bandit said...

This looks SO amazing! Kind of wish I had not even laid eyes on this at work, now I am going to have a chocolatey sugar craving all day! Maybe since its valentines week I will substitute my lunch for cupcakes :)
Have a great day thanks for sharing!
xo Hannah

daer0n said...

omg, this looks so delicious!!

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Sara Louise said...

Aren't you a clever girl!
I'm like you, cooking is my thing, I love it. But not baking. It's far too scientific and exact for my liking. Something always messes up so for dinner party desserts, I usually go with berries and fresh cream or something. I think I can make this though :)

Steph said...

Yum!! Pinned this!


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