Friday, August 3, 2012
My husband loves chocolate desserts. And I love anything with fruit. Add a little (or whole lot) of fresh whipped cream, even better. So when I stumbled upon this recipe I knew we had a winner. Decadent chocolate brownies layered with creamy chocolate custard, summer raspberries, lightly whipped cream, and bittersweet chocolate shavings. It was as awesome as it sounds. The original recipe called for cocoa in the whipped cream as well. For aesthetic reasons more than taste, I left it out. Technically its addition would make this a quadruple chocolate trifle and I think that might just be overdoing it. I also forgot to add the chocolate shavings between the layers, but didn't miss them. I think a hearty sprinkling on top is just the right amount.
Triple Chocolate Trifle with Raspberries
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (I used 3 oz. milk chocolate and reduced the sugar)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups sugar (I used 2 cups, see above)
3 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
10 oz. (2 cups) bittersweet chocolate (I used 60% dark), finely chopped
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. cocoa powder (optional- I omitted)
1-2 pints fresh raspberries
bittersweet chocolate (I used 60% dark), shaved or roughly chopped for layers and/or topping
1. To make brownies, preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove pan from heat and stir in chopped chocolate until fully melted. Stir in cocoa and sugar until combined. Slowly add eggs, whisking chocolate mixture constantly, then whisk in vanilla. Fold in flour and salt.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until just firm, about 20-25 minutes (do not overbake). Transfer pan to a rack to cool.
4. In a large bowl, mix together granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in 3/4 cup milk. In a large saucepan, bring remaining 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup cream to a boil over medium heat. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into cocoa mixture. Return to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking gently, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. (A simmering bubble or two is O.K., but do not let it boil.)
5. In a medium heat-resistant bowl, whisk yolks. Whisking them constantly, very slowly dribble about half the cocoa-milk mixture into yolks until fully combined. Pour yolk mixture into saucepan with remaining cocoa-milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking occasionally, over medium-low heat, until thickened, about 5 minutes. (Do not let mixture come to a simmer. If pan begins to steam thickly, remove from heat for a few moments and stir well before continuing.) Let cool slightly.
6. Melt 5 ounces chopped chocolate with butter. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Cool 5 minutes, then fold into thickened egg mixture. Place plastic wrap directly against pudding (to prevent a skin from forming), and chill until set, about 3 hours. (Pudding and brownies can be made up to 5 days ahead, and refrigerated.)
7. Just before assembling, in an electric mixer, beat remaining 2 cups cream with remaining 5 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar until it forms soft peaks. Scrape down sides and fold in any excess cocoa or sugar.
8. Cut brownies into 1-inch squares. Fit a layer of brownie squares in bottom of a 4-quart trifle, glass, or other bowl. Top with half the pudding, a third of the whipped cream, a third of the remaining chopped chocolate and a third of the raspberries. Repeat layering until all ingredients have been used. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 24 hours before serving.
(Adapted from The New York Times)