Monday, May 28, 2012

Peanut Butter Nutella Brownie Trifle

Happy Memorial Day, and Nom Nom Monday!  Today's dish is the prefect dessert for summer holidays like Memorial Day.  I made a Peanut Butter Nutella Brownie Trifle.  I adapted this recipe from How Sweet It Is' recipe for a Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Trifle.  It's best to prepare this yummy treat the day before you plan on serving it.  

- 5.5 oz box of Instant Vanilla Pudding
-Your favorite Brownie recipe (I used a box mix, because we had it, and it cut down on the work)
- 1 Bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- 1/2 Bag of Reese's Pieces
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 4 Tablespoons of Sugar (white, granulated)
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoons of Nutella
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of Milk


Start by making the instant pudding.  Follow directions on the package.  I suggest starting this early in the day, because it takes a couple hours to firm up in the refrigerator.  Next, make the brownies.  I used a box mix, and just followed the direction on there.  While the brownies are in the oven, unwrap the peanut butter cups, and cut them into quarters.  

When the brownies are done cooling down, cut the brownies into tiny squares.  Then make the whipped cream layer, by combining the heavy cream and sugar in an electric mixer.  Whip the two ingredients together until they thicken up, and start to look like whipped cream.  I worked my way up to a fast speed, and it took almost five minutes to get thick enough.  When that's done, stick it in the fridge until you are ready to start layering.  

Now mix up the Peanut Butter Nutella layer.  Don't worry about cleaning out the mixer, and combine the peanut butter, nutella, and cream cheese.  Once those ingredients are well mixed, add in the powdered sugar, milk, and a cup of the whipped cream mixture.  Mix until creamy.  

Finally we can start layering everything in a large glass container.  You can layer the ingredients in whatever order you like.  I started with the brownies on the bottom, then the peanut butter nutella mixture, the pudding, the whipped cream, then the peanut butter cups and reese's pieces.  

The candy looks tasty on top!  How Sweet It Is piped her whipped cream on the top layer.  Which looked awesome, but was more work then I wanted.  I obviously took the easy route with this, but if you're trying to impress, I'd suggest piping on the final layer of whipped cream.    

I like my trifles to be three layers, so finding the correct sized container is important.  Or you could make many small trifles, with only one layer of each ingredient.  The smaller cups would probably be less messy serving.  I've made a similar trifle to this before, and once you dig in, this dessert looks less pretty, and more like a big slop.  A slop of amazing tastiness of course!  Maybe trying the smaller individual cups would maintain the pretty layered look.  Hope ya'll enjoy!  Happy DIYing, chris!