Written on February 13, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Kristin Porter
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and in addition to the heart-clad boxer shorts and bag of Skittles I usually give my husband for the holiday (I know, I really go all out…) is a sweet, homemade dessert.
It’s our tradition – he makes the dinner plans, and I provide a sweet treat to enjoy afterwards. Past favorites include these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, and homemade cupcakes are always a popular option, but this year I’m keeping it easy yet dazzling with Individual Brownie Trifles with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. It was love at first sight when I first saw this recipe, and much to my surprise one of my fellow Delish Dish bloggers must have fallen in love with it too! She featured it last week in tall shooters with raspberries, but I like it with strawberries in martini glasses. No matter which way you prefer, it really is the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.
Trifles made from layers of crumbled brownie, fresh strawberries, and homemade whipped cream topped with cocoa powder look and taste like they came from a restaurant, but only you and I will know that they take less than 15 minutes to prepare, and can be assembled hours in advance, too!
Start by making the homemade whipped cream. There are few things in life as wonderful and luxurious as homemade whipped cream, and it’s so simple to make! Just chill the bowl of your electric mixer, or a large glass bowl if you have a hand-held mixer, in the freezer for 10 minutes then add 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar.
Whip the cream for 3-5 minutes, or until it reaches medium-peak stage. Be careful not to over-whip the cream or it could turn into butter, and Individual Brownie Trifles with fresh berries and homemade butter doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Once the whipped cream is prepared, layer 1/4 cup crumbled brownie (could use store-bought or homemade) into the bottom of a serving dish, or martini glass for a fun presentation, followed by a dallop of the whipped cream, and fresh berries. I used sliced strawberries, but raspberries or cherries would be divine!
Repeat the layers once more then top with a dusting of cocoa powder.
Cheers to you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!
*Note: I used powdered sugar instead of regular sugar in the whipped cream, and fresh strawberries instead of raspberries. I also omitted the chocolate sauce.