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Pampered Chef: Green Trifle

  1. leftymac

    leftymac Veteran Member

    I'm attending a St. Patrick's day party this weekend and my friend who is trifle-obsessed has requested a green trifle. Any ideas? I'm thinking maybe something with thin mint cookies and/or brownies and I could dye the filling green with food coloring, but that seems kinda lame. Any other ideas out there? It's 7:14 a.m. and even though I am at work I am not awake enough to be thinking too much yet.

    Merci en avance!
    Mar 11, 2009
  2. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    That sounds good. Or you can do something with pistachio pudding.
    Mar 11, 2009
  3. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    Something minty sounds good. Brownies for a base. Maybe crush some thin mints and mix with green colored vanilla pudding, then use whole ones that stick up along the side of the bowl in a layer of plain cool whip (use them with the light colored layer so people can see it from the outside). Then stick whole ones or half ones into the top layer so they poke out.

    Another idea:

    Have you ever had dirt cake? There's a few different versions of it, but I just love the recipe I use. It's a layered dessert, so it could be nice in the trifle bowl. The only things to do differently is use green food coloring on the filling. I'll go get the recipe and post it after I get the kids off to school.
    Mar 11, 2009
  4. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Chocolate Mint sounds wonderful. You could mix a bit of peppermint oil with vanilla pudding and whipped topping. Tint it green and layer it with cubed brownies. Sprinkle mint chocolate chips on top. Voila! A treat fit for a leprechaun.
    Mar 11, 2009
  5. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

    Got this recipe in one of my "Taste of Home" e-mails this week and thought it sounded good. (Not really green, except for garnish with spearmints and mint leaves) but definitely Irish! :)

    Irish Creme Chocolate Trifle
    From Quick Cooking
    "I created this yummy trifle when I was given a bottle of Irish Cream liqueur as a gift and had leftover peppermint candy," relates Margaret Wilson of Hemet, California. "I’ve served it with both liqueur and coffee creamer and candy canes, too. It’s always rich and decadent."
    20 min.
    30 min.
    50 min.
    1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix
    1 cup refrigerated Irish creme nondairy creamer
    3-1/2 cups cold milk
    2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
    3 cups whipped topping
    12 spearmint candies, crushed

    Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
    With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake about 2 in. apart. Slowly pour creamer over cake; refrigerate for 1 hour.
    In a large bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
    Cut cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes; place a third of the cubes in a 3-qt. glass bowl. Top with a third of the pudding, whipped topping and candies; repeat layers twice. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 14-16 servings.
    Mar 11, 2009
  6. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

    I think these sound great! I would definately go with the mint/green pudding idea.

    If you wanted to go overboard on the green you could use pound cake with green food colouring in it (betty brocker has a mix, you can bake it in the large bar pan). If you still wanted to have some chocolate to go with the mint (and why would you not?!) you could do a ganache layer and/or put chocolate chips in the pound cake.

    I guess it depends on how you like your cake layer. I like the brownies in the tiramisu trfle, but they are drier/heavier than using pound cake.

    Have fun, and let us know how you make it!
    Mar 11, 2009
  7. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

    oops, posting at the same time...
    Mar 11, 2009
  8. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

    Argh, hit send accidently! I was going to say that I LOVE bailey's, but I'm not sure how it would taste with mint?
    Mar 11, 2009
  9. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

    I think it would be pretty good. The mint candies are the only mint (no extract or anything). It reminds me of "better than sex cake" where you pour the ice-cream topping into the cake. MMMMMMMMMMMM.
    Mar 11, 2009
  10. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    Here's the dirt cake recipe:

    1 pkg Oreo cookies (1 1/3 lb.)
    1/2 stick butter or margarine
    8 oz pkg. cream cheese
    1 cup powdered sugar
    12 oz Cool Whip
    3 1/2 cups milk
    1 small pkg. French vanilla instant pudding

    Crush cookies and set aside. Cream together the butter, cream cheese, & powdered sugar. Mix together milk, pudding, and whipped topping. Blend together creamed mixture and pudding mixture.

    Layer crushed cookies, then pudding mixture, repeat layers making sure final layer is the crushed cookies. Refrigerate overnight.

    (If presenting as "Dirt Cake", Place the cool whip lid in the bottom of an 8 in. flowerpot to prevent leaks. Then create the layers. Top with gummy worms, fake flowers, a new garden trowel, etc.)
    Mar 11, 2009
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