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Quick Brownie-Raspberry Trifle

Day 6: “The Deen Bros. Take It Easy

January 6, 2011

I bet you have heard about Paula Deen, and if you have heard of her, chances are you have seen her sons.  I kind of see myself as Paula Deen of the North and I have cute sons too.  She has two cute sons, and I have three.  I think there are more pictures of her cute boys in the cookbook then of the actual food.  That is ok as someday my cookbook will be full of pictures of my boys as well.  Well her boys grew up cooking with her so I guess it was only natural that her sons have a cookbook now with all of her success.  The cookbook is called “The Deen Bros. Take It Easy”  The cookbook is full of pictures and most of the recipes look easy and fun to make.  Today I decided to venture into a desert as I had enough of main dish cooking for a while.  The Quick Brownie Raspberry Trifle is a simple dessert to put together and it just needs to sit for 30 minutes (we counted by 5 to 30 and dug in) or up to 8 hours….I say, if it lasts that long! 

The Ruling: Trifles are always easy to make and are a pleasure on the eyes.  You can make trifles with any sorts of layered ingredients.  How about pound cake, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries?  Some shortcuts to this recipe would be to buy your brownies already prepared int he bakery.  Want to skip the step of the whipped cream, buy it out of a tub.   Enjoy and be creative!

(A little housekeeping issue.  How many pictures do you want to see?  Do you want to see captions?  Do you want to see a collection of the ingredients as one of the pictures?  Do you want every step?)

 Quick Brownie-Raspberry Trifle, page 183


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 Tbs. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pound of brownies, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 3 medium bananas, thinly sliced


  1. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream, pudding mis, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a large bowl, place 1 cup of the whipped cream mixture.  Cover with one-third of the brownies in a single layer.  Top with 4 Tb.s of the raspberry jam, then one-third of the sliced bananas.  Repeat with two more layers of each ingredient, ending with sliced bananas.  Finish off by topping it with the remaining whipped cream mixture.  Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and up to eight hours before serving.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at www.ididit-fargo.com .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@ididit-fargo.com


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