I’m not a huge fan of chocolate unless it’s paired with something else. My favorite thing to pair chocolate with is peanut butter, but I think one of the most forgotten flavors for chocolate is cherries! Most people only think of cherry cordials, which are not my favorite, but there are so many fun ways to pair chocolate with cherry.
I combined my favorite brownie recipe with a delicious cherry sauce and fresh whipped cream to build an amazing dessert. I love that you don’t have to do a lot of cooking to accomplish this dessert. Anyone can do it–really!
Chocolate Cherry Trifle
1 pan of The Ultimate Brownie*
1 bag Frozen Dark Sweet Cherries
1 cup Red Wine (I prefer Merlot)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Place a metal mixing bowl and electric mixer beaters in the freezer.
Place a medium sauce pot on medium heat. Add frozen cherries, red wine, and sugar. Let fruit come to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook fruit for 10 minutes.
Remove bowl from freezer and pour cream into bowl. Beat cream, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high until cream reaches soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and continue beating. Fold in vanilla extract.
Cut brownies into bite size cubes.
Using a wine glass, martini glass, trifle bowl, or casserole dish, layer ingredients starting with brownie. Layer cherries next, then with whipped cream. Continue layering until you reach the top of the dish. Top with chocolate chips.
This dessert can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to eat. I really like it served warm!
*You can you really use any chocolate cake-like dessert you want. If you have store bought brownies, or chocolate cake–go for it!