Monday, December 5, 2011

Brownie Peppermint Trifle

 I LOVE weekends.  

I love the slow pace, sleeping in, leisurely days that they bring.  

Especially in the winter.  It's cold outside so we hunker down in the house and enjoy doing nothing.

My weeks are filled with doing everything so it is so nice to do nothing sometimes.  

Which is quite misleading because if you are doing nothing then you are still doing something right?  So I guess technically I am not doing nothing.  I am reading the newspaper, I am sitting in front of the fire place enjoying the heat, I am playing games with my kids or taking a long shower.  But hey, it's different than the usual routine for the week so I love it!

And....speaking of doing nothing, I think I should get off the computer and start doing nothing again.  Enjoy this delicious trifle.  There is just a hint of peppermint which is a perfect combination with a delicious white chocolate mousse and some yummy brownies.

Brownie Peppermint Trifle

1 box brownie mix (and ingredients to go with it)
16 oz Cool Whip 
1 bag Andes peppermint chips or 1 c. crushed peppermint candies
White Chocolate Mousse:
1 c. whole milk
1/3 c. sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp peppermint extract, divided
1 Tbsp butter
3 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp gelatin
1 Tbsp cold water
1 c. whipping cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1.  To make white chocolate mousse combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and egg yolk into a medium sauce pan.  Whisk together well.  Over medium heat, cook until it thickens and comes to a simmer.  Whisk constantly.  It will take about 10 minutes.

2.  Remove from heat and add in vanilla, 1/8 tsp peppermint, butter and white chocolate.  Mix until everything is melted.  Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours.

3.  In a small cup or bowl combine the gelatin with the water.  Let it stand for about 10 minutes.  Then pop into the microwave for about 10 seconds to melt the gelatin.  Cool to room temperature.  Then combine cream, powdered sugar, and remaining 1/8 tsp peppermint extract.  Whip until thick.  Add in gelatin and mix until medium peaks are formed.  Fold the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture in 3 parts.  Cover and chill for at least an hour.

4.  Make brownies according to package directions baking in a 9x13 pan.  Cool completely. Cut in 1"x1" squares.

5.  To put the trifle together, layer brownies, 1/3 of peppermint chips or candies, 1/3 of white chocolate mousse, and 1/3 of the cool whip, in that order.  Repeat layers two more times and top with crushed peppermint candies.  Refrigerate one hour before serving and enjoy!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Wow, this looks SO good! I love peppermint and brownies! I know what you mean about doing nothing on the weekends...except my daughter doesn't know what "do nothing means!" Stay home all day? *gasp* :)

Amanda said...

This looks and sounds AMAZING!! I think this will be on my table for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.

theminddoeswander said...

OH MY, isn't that lovely. Ppperming and chocolate, sounds divine, and I am already imaging the oohs and ahhs if I pull that dish out of the fridge at a dinner party. Thanks, that looks gorgeous.

theminddoeswander said...

Oh, dear me, apparently I'd better learn to spell "peppermint" before I try the recipe. : ) OOPs.

Slice of Southern said...

I need this now!!! awesome dish!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

See that right there, that is food porn!!! I would have to make it in little cups or I would try to eat it all in one go.

carolinaheartstrings said...

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Vicky said...

That looks so yummy! Love the flavor combo. I am a new follower visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

Kimberly said...

These sound so good!! I pinned it so I can make it later! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

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Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

This looks delicious! I love peppermint and brownies.

rebekahdawn said...

Oh yum! This would be perfect for my breakfast. :D

Luxury Hotels said...

what is sweet post and delicious look. yum

cheapcraftymama said...

That looks amazing!

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My Thirty Spot said...

This trifle looks and sounds amazing. I would love it if you came to link to my holiday recipe swap blog hop. It is my first ever! Love these recipes.
-Erin Kennedy

Emily said...

hi! Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring this recipe at tomorrows Tasty Tuesday party. Hope you can come by and check it out. Grab a featured button if you haven’t already!

Jennifer said...

Yummy stuff! I love trifles!!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Featuring this in this week's party! ;)

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