Last week Tyler and I went grocery shopping together! That’s a pretty big deal to me because Tyler does not 😾 like grocery shopping. Unless it’s Whole Foods, which is always clean, organized, and as far as grocery stores go, quite pretty. Inside Whole Foods there was a beautiful display of fresh strawberries. As we walked by, I was hit with the most intense strawberry smell I’ve ever experienced; I could almost taste it. I definitely had to buy some, and was day dreaming about the perfect way to use them the whole way home. 😋
I wanted to mix some of Tyler’s favorites with my own, and thought a trifle would be a great opportunity to do just that. When I think of trifles, I see billowy layers of whipped topping sandwiching vibrant, fresh fruit. Also, trifles are very versatile, making it super easy to mix and match flavors to create different dessert experiences. As I was day dreaming about which flavors to use, I thought of Tyler’s love for all things chocolate. One of his favorite desserts of all time is what he likes to call “legendary brownies.” They’re pretty much just homemade chocolate chunk brownies, but he’s over the moon for them. As for me, I was hearing the sweet taste of pistachio calling my name. What do you get when you mix strawberries, chocolate, and pistachio?! Spumoni, of course!
Replacing the typical cake cubes with gooey hunks of brownie leave this trifle a bit on the heavy side. If you prefer your treats lighter, I suggest using your favorite chocolate cake instead of brownies. It would make for a much more traditional, airy trifle. Either way, it’s a beautiful and fresh take on this dessert!
- 1/2 c butter melted
- 1/2 c cocoa powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 c sugar
- 1 c flour
- 1 c chocolate chips
- 2 packages of pistachio pudding mix
- 2 3/4 c milk
- 16 oz cool whip
- 16 oz strawberries cut in half
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
- Mix butter sugar and cocoa in a bowl.
- Add vanilla and eggs, beat until smooth.
- Add flour and mix until combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips. I used a combination of dark, mllk, and semi-sweet chocolate.
- Pour into prepared 9x9 inch pan.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes.
- Whip milk and pudding mix until smooth.
- Fold in whipped topping.
- In a trifle bowl, layer brownies, strawberries, then pudding mix.
- Continue layering until the layers is gone.
- Refrigerate for several hours before serving.