wpid-IMG_20140213_121503_812.jpgI had the pleasure of catering a valentines luncheon for about a hundred ladies from our church. This event was created with the goal of making our ladies feel special from the moment they walked into the room until the very end. When they asked me to cater the event, they requested that I make the dessert extra special, so I decided that individual trifles served in little glass punch cups would do the trick!

Strawberry cream…wpid-img_20140208_111037_279.jpg

and chocolate brownie mousse were the flavors of choice.wpid-img_20140208_111058_701.jpg

The strawberry trifle I had made many, many times and it was always a hit, but the chocolate trifle I had never made before so I needed to make one up. I knew I wanted chocolate mousse in the trifle but I also wanted to add something with texture, so I decided to layer it with brownie. Also understanding that chocolate mousse can be very rich, I chose to add a layer of sweetened whip cream to level it out a little. wpid-IMG_20140208_111108_473.jpg And for even more texture, I added crumbled Heath bar.wpid-IMG_20140208_111205_386.jpg Having never made this before, much less tasted it, I was taking a big chance trying it for the first time on a hundred people. Well, the gamble paid off. It was absolutely delicious! As a matter of fact, it’s so good that I decided to make it for our family Valentines dinner. While I was preparing them I snapped some shots along the way so I could share them with some of my favorite people, you! Here’s a quick overview of how to create your own Chocolate brownie mousse trifle: There are three main steps (or layers)…that’s why they call it a trifle 😉

Step 1: preparing the brownies. I just used a box brownie mix. I baked according to directions but I decided to bake it in a larger dish than called for because I wanted them to be a bit thinner. I use a 9x 13. Because I used a larger baking dish, I cut the baking time down a bit, being careful not to over cook them. Once the brownies had cooked and cooled, I took a small round biscuit cutter to cut round brownie bites so they would fit perfectly in the individual serving dish.

Step 2: making the mousse. There are an endless amount of recipes to choose from in the World Wide Web. The one I chose is a very simple, egg-less recipe that worked perfectly, but feel free to experiment with your own.

You’ll need:

1 12 oz. bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon butter
3 or 4 teaspoons sugar

Melt chocolate using the double boiler system. If you do not have a double boiler, you can make one like this, with a medium size sauce pan and a mixing bowl.wpid-20140414_123510.jpg

Pour a couple of inches of water in the pot, place the mixing bowl on the sauce pan, being careful not to let the bowl rest in the water. Pour the chips in the bowl, turn the heat to medium and heat till melted, stirring constantly. Now add a tablespoon of butter and stir till melted.

Remove chocolate from heat and allow to cool a bit while you whip the cream.

To whip the cream: Pour heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl. wpid-2014-04-14-13.30.02.jpg.jpeg

With the whisk attachment, begin to whip the cream at medium speed then gradually turning it to high.wpid-20140414_124128.jpg

Once the cream begins to thicken, gradually add 3 or 4 teaspoon of sugar, continuing to beat at high-speed until it’s thick and fluffy or until stiff peaks form.wpid-20140414_124541.jpg

Now pour the melted chocolate into the whipped cream.wpid-20140414_124644.jpg

Fold chocolate into the cream being careful not to over mix. You just spent all that time whipping air into it…let’s not mix it to death and beat all of hair back out of it ;-). Here’s the finished product.wpid-20140414_132610.jpg

This stuff is so good…I could just roll around in it!

Step 3. Make the sweetened whipped cream layer.

You’ll need:
1 pint whipping cream
6 teaspoons sugar

Pour whipping cream in mixer. Using whisk attachment, whip the cream while gradually adding sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.

Now comes the fun part. Assembly!

First, pipe a small amount of the chocolate mousse in the bottom of your glass, jar or cup. I used a ziplock baggy but you could use a piping bag too.wpid-IMG_20140213_120354_816.jpg

Next place one brownie round on top of the mousse, pressing it in gently.wpid-IMG_20140213_120412_696.jpg

On top of the brownie, pipe in a layer of the sweetened whipped cream.wpid-IMG_20140213_120727_087.jpg

Now for some added texture and crunch, spoon in a healthy portion of Heath chips!wpid-IMG_20140213_120832_197.jpg

Repeat all three steps againwpid-IMG_20140213_121522_025.jpg

and this is what you end up withwpid-IMG_20140213_121503_812.jpg

Heaven in a glass

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! Enjoy!