Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle Needs to Become Your Go-To Potluck Treat
The trifle has long been a party favorite.
The birds are starting to chirp, the weather is getting a bit warmer, and the sun is staying out just a little longer. That can only mean one thing: Summer is nearly here. And soon enough, you’ll have plenty of BBQs, backyard bashes, and potlucks to attend. But, this year, rather than bringing the same old thing why don’t you whip up this extremely tasty peanut butter brownie trifle to share instead?
The trifle has long been a party favorite. And we mean it when we say “long.” According to a 1988 article in The New York Times, the trifle — otherwise known as a hedgehog pudding, fruit creams, tansies, syllabubs, flummeries, and junkets — has been served on banquet tables since at least 1598. It was then, the paper explained, that an Oxford-educated translator, John Florio, referred to ''A kinde of clouted creame called a foole or a trifle in English.''
Though the dessert is considered decadent today, it came with rather humble beginnings.
''In Victorian times, it was regarded as a way of finishing up things, like sponge cakes and cream,'' Elizabeth Jane Howard, novelist and co-author of 'Howard and Maschler on Food, told the paper. ''So they took stale sponge cakes and leftover custard from the nursery, soaked the cakes in wine and poured on the custard. Since you couldn't refrigerate the cream, if there was some about, you poured it on top.''
The ingredients for a basic trifle, The New York Times reported, are always the same and include some type of sponge cake soaked in alcohol, then covered with jam followed by an egg custard, all of which is topped by whipped cream.
But, you’re not basic so why should your trifle be anything but extraordinary? Enter: The peanut butter brownie trifle.
“This rich, tempting, peanut butter brownie trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next get-together,” Nancy Foust, of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania, wrote about her recipe on Taste of Home.
The recipe changes things up at the base of the trifle. Rather than a sponge cake, it calls for brownies. And, instead of custard, the main filling is vanilla pudding followed by peanut butter. (Are you drooling yet?)
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Next comes the toppings: Peanut butter cups and whipped cream. In total, the recipe should only take about an hour to create, then simply chill until you’re ready to serve. Check out the entire recipe and directions here. Now, all you need to do is prepare yourself for the fanfare to come over your creation, just like the kings and queens did over their original trifle creation.