Mini Chocolate & Fruit Trifles


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Fruit Trifles have been a favorite at holiday gatherings - layered with a piece of sponge cake, topped with whipped cream, fresh fruits, chocolate, nuts and your favorite toppings, they not only look elegant, but are the perfect end to a holiday dinner! So I tried to re-create the magic of trifles, albeit, in a smaller size, which suits perfectly for individual servings. Layered with fresh bananas, berries, mixed-fruit puree, whipping cream, rich swiss-mocha chocolate syrup and crushed chocolate cookies, these Mini Fruit & Chocolate Trifles are all set to win you tonnes of accolades at your next party!

Inspired by traditional trifles, I was tempted to try a miniature version which not only looks pretty, but can also be relished as a dessert without much guilt! Instead of sponge cake, I used bite-sized brownie pieces, and some fresh chocolate ganache made by melting my Swiss-mocha chocolates. I blended some mixed berries for my fruit puree, and chopped some bananas as they go great with both chocolate, and cream! And the crushed cocoa-cookies were the final touch - you can never imagine a tiny serving could hold so much flavor within!

Ingredients
Makes 4 mini trifles

4 brownie-bites - (or two brownie pieces, cut into 4 each)
1 large banana - chopped or sliced
1 oz of your favorite chocolate
4 tbsp + 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream (sweet)
mixed berries - blended (or other fruit topping)
4 tbsp sugar - for the fruits, if required
crushed cookies - for garnish
4 drops lemon juice - for the bananas
a pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Method
Transfer the berries to a pan on low-heat; add the sugar and let the fruit macerate for about 8-10 mins. Remove excess water/syrup and keep the fruit aside. You can even puree it if you like.

Take the chocolate pieces in a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 tbsp whipping cream to it. Stir and heat for 30 sec. Then remove, stir again, and repeat two more times to form a thick chocolate ganache.

Slice the bananas and sprinkle some lemon juice and nutmeg over it to prevent them from getting brown; nutme adds a lovely flavor too!

Now cut the brownies into small pieces and keep aside. Coarsely grind the cookies and keep aside.

Whip the remaining 4 tbsp cream till it becomes a little stiff and holds shape.

Assembling the Trifle
Take the bowls/cups that you are going to serve the trifle in. Layer with the brownie bites, followed by the sliced bananas. Top this with the chocolate ganache, followed by the whipped cream and the fruit puree. Repeat with another layer of everything. Finally, sprinkle the crushed cookies on the top. Add a creme wafer for garnish.

There, the perfect Fruit & Chocolate Trifle to end a fun-filled evening! it serves to be an excellent individual dessert, and the best part, it can be improvised to use whatever fruits you have on hand!

Related Recipes:
Eggless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling


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40 comments :

Sangeeth said...

really mouth watering recipe...ur recipes are always unique! keep rocking :)

jenny said...

I'll gladly trade a big trifle for these cute mini ones!!:) they look awesome, and so innovative gal! absolutely LOVE it!!:D

~jenny

Meeta said...

trifles are the way to go. best desserts for sure. and yes - perfect for the mingle. thank you!

Nags said...

looks yummy :)

news.linq.in said...

Wow! Thats an awesome combination of Fruit & chocolate & well decorated ...
i agree with sangeeth ......"really mouth watering"

Aparna said...

Chocolate overload, Mansi.:)
That's a compliment and not a complaint. Love it.

Pearlsofeast said...

Mansi,we had dinner and I was drooling over this dessert recipe.Looks decadent.

A_and_N said...

Hey, this is a cool dessert!

Mansi Desai said...

thanks so much people! from the time I made it, I knew this was gonna rock! we loved it so much, I am definitely going to be making it so many times now:)

jyothi said...

they look really pretty! and I love the crushed cookies:) will work great with kids too:) thanks for the inspiring recipes Mansi!

jyothi

Rachel said...

Wow!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mansi...The trifle looks so yummy:) Hey what did u do with the chocolate ganache?

Mansi Desai said...

oops! thanks for the reminder:) forgot the main ingredient in the assembly! hehehee...I've updated the method where the chocolate ganche is added as a layer to the trifle; the leftover ganache is being used to make some truffles, which you'll be seeing here soon!!:)

Divya said...

Trifles... are just amazing. Fell in love with it ever since I tasted at a friend's place... She made it in a huge bowl. Individual cups seem more doable. Nice work!

Vaidehi said...

yummy recipe :)

Anonymous said...

gosh! you are talented girl! those glasses look cute, and the trifles are just deliciously inviting!:)

I'm making this on the labor day party! thanks for the brilliant idea:)

~shelley

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love making mini trifles like this. There is just something about multi-layered desserts. YOu dig your spoon in and get a whole different tastes in one bite.

Of course the key to making a trifle is not to pull a "Friends" and make one layer beef and onions!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks like some dessert served in 5 star restaurants..Yet so simple..Only matter of assembling!

hot garlic said...

I just clicked over from Dhanggits site, WOW, your Lentil Baskets look as delicious as they are cute!

Just browsing through the first page I see so many great recipes and ideas. This is really a great blog.

Mansi Desai said...

thanks for all the lovely compliments folks! I do feel like a 5-star restaurant chef!:)D

hot garlic - welcome to FF; thanks for the kind words, and I hope you enjoy your visit! hope to see you more often:)

karuna said...

i love anything with chocolate. trifles are looking yummy

Srivalli said...

looks really so classic mansi..great one

nicisme said...

Ooooh, must remember these for Xmas!

Matin said...

Looks yummy:-)
X M

Johanna said...

looks delicious - I love the berry and banana combination with chocolate - must try it sometime in a trifle

Sunshinemom said...

One look is enough for me to confirm that - yes! these have got to be tasty!

Sophie said...

Lovely, lovely dessert! Beautiful presented too!
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,.....

Kerstin said...

So pretty and delicious! They look perfect for company!

Mandira said...

great combination! love the picture too.

Marina Kamen aka MARINA said...

Great... from my lips right to my hips. Better go running to some great tunes.... then back for more delicious food.

Never Stop Movin'!
M

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Priti said...

Looks yumm...very tempting

Chef Jeena said...

Great trifles lovely presentation yum.

Sapience said...

I am fond of eating delicious foods. I like your mini chocolate and fruit trifles. Could you please get me the recipe of this food. Because I want to make it for forthcoming occasion in my family.
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Laura Brasnan said...

I am sure you all would love these lip-smacking dishes!...
I could eat them each and every day!...
Apart from tasting simply delicious, chocolates as well have beneficial effects on your health.
:)

HarshilJK said...

That's pretty awesome!

Looks yummy! Would recommend using Dark Chocolate in some of your recipes as well! Works out well - and it's healthy too!

tomas said...

Wow!! It looks delicious!! Chocolates are my favorite treat!!

Mark said...

Thanks for the trifles recipe, we've been looking for one to pair for a while

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Looks so yummy! This is perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. :)


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