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My favorite memories have all centered around friends and family enjoying a meal together! It might have been a special holiday or a celebration, or it might have been dinner with friends at a great restaurant. I hope you will enjoy some of my favorite recipes and take time to fellowship with those seated at your table. You might make a memory to last forever!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Make Ahead Dessert

Do you ever have left-over brownies?  I didn't think so!  Well, my family is strange and I ended up with a full pan of brownies sitting on my counter.  Of course, I could have finished them off...but, I thought better and quickly put them a ziplock bag and threw them in the freezer!  Temptation averted...until I decided to make a dessert for my school friends and remembered the frozen brownies!  Trifle recipes seem to be making a comeback from the 70's and many of them start with brownies.  So, there you go...dessert will be served on Friday!  Great way to end the week!

A Trifle can be made with so many different choices for your base ingredient...cake pieces, day old brownies, broken cookies!  You can drizzle syrup, liqueor, or fruit puree over the base and then start layering your other ingredients...pudding, fresh fruit, whipped topping, chopped nuts, chopped candy bars, coconut...the list is endless!  This dessert is best served in a trifle bowl or a large glass bowl, so you can see the different layers!  Trifles are also fun to layer in individual servings...I like to use a Mason Jar!  A jar with a lid makes a trifle a convenient dessert to take to the beach or on a picnic! For "just a bite" of dessert, use any small glass jar that you have.  A shot glass works great, but I happened to have a couple of baby food jars in my cabinet!  Stores like Pier 1 actually sell cute little single serving glass dishes!  Have fun and try different flavors!

Brownie Trifle

Brownies (your favorite recipe or a box mix)
Caramel/Butterscotch Ice Cream Topping
2 boxes Chocolate Pudding (mixed according to directions)
Heath Bits of Brickle
Whipped Topping (appx. 2 small containers)

Start layering with 1/2 of brownies, drizzle with syrup, carefully spread 1/2 of pudding over syrup, sprinkle Heath brickles next and top with 1/2 of whipped topping.   Repeat layers, ending with whipped topping.  You can top with syrup or a sprinkle of brickle!

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