I totally love peppermint with chocolate . . . almost as much as I love peanut butter with chocolate! (Buckeyes anyone?) So, when I discovered this recipe , I couldn't wait to give it a try!!! The name itself "tastes" delicious! Say it slowly out loud and savor the words:
Peppermint. White. Chocolate. Mousse. Trifle.
Doesn't it sound simply decadent?? ;)
Fortunately, tonight is our church's Adult Christmas Party, and I needed to make a dessert to take. Ahhh -- the perfect opportunity to try this tantalizing trifle! ;)
Of course, I tweaked the original recipe a bit, and I just love the way it turned out!!! Want to take a peek at it before I share the recipe?? ;)
What do you think?? Isn't it beautiful?!?
Here is a picture of what you'll need:
Here are step-by-step directions:
Step 1 -- Make the Brownies.
Following package directions, make up a 9"x13" pan of your favorite brownies. I love the Ghiradelli brownie mix, which just happened to be on sale buy-one-get-one-free at Publix this week! Let brownies cool in pan, then break into small chunks.
Step 2 -- Make the White Chocolate Mousse.
Measure out 2 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream and bring just to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, break or chop up a bar of Baker's white chocolate into small chunks. Then dump the white chocolate chunks into a blender or food processor and pulse until fine. (I used a food processor.)
Take a mallet or meat tenderizer and smash candy canes into little pieces, then measure out 1 cup of crushed candy canes.
Pour hot heavy cream over white chocolate in food processor and pulse until mixed. Add crushed candy canes, and pulse until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water . . .
Pour white chocolate/candy cane mixture into a bowl, and sit the bowl down inside the larger bowl of ice water, to quickly chill and set.
Stir now and then. After about 15 minutes, place the bowl in the refrigerator for several hours to chill and firm up.
*Note -- if not thick enough when you remove it from the refrigerator, beat it with electric mixer until consistency of homemade whipped cream. I followed this step, and mine ended up being a beautiful consistency!
Step 3 -- Make chocolate pudding.
Make a batch of chocolate pudding, using either a box of instant pudding mix or a recipe for homemade pudding -- it's up to you!
Step 4 -- Make whipped cream.
Make homemade whipped cream by mixing together 3 cups heavy whipping cream and 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar and blend on high speed with hand mixer, until thick and peaks begin to form.
Step 5 -- Make the trifle.
Take a large trifle dish and layer the ingredients in this order:
White chocolate mousse
Repeat layers until you've used up all the ingredients or your trifle bowl is full. Make sure you save some whipped cream for your final layer. Then, top with coarsely chopped candy cane pieces. If you like, try my idea of hanging miniature candy canes around the edge of the trifle dish! :)
Chill several hours or overnight before serving. Enjoy! :)
If this trifle tastes half as good as it looks, this is what I will be serving for dessert on Christmas Day! :)