My husband is a huge fan of black forest cake–and chocolate covered cherries too–so any time I come up with a chocolate-cherry dessert it’s sure to be a hit. And what’s not to love about layers of chewy brownie, homemade cherry sauce and fresh whipped cream?
Yes, you could use canned cherry pie filling, but the homemade stuff is oh so easy (with the help of a cherry pitter) and totally worth the extra bit of effort. If you’re looking to save time with this recipe, go for store-bought brownies (that’s what I did!) and put your efforts into the cherry filling. It’s what makes this dessert extra special! If you don’t have individual trifle bowls or similar sized glass dishes, this will work just as well in the larger, standard-size trifle dish.
Individual Black Forest Brownie Trifles
- 1 square (9×9-inch) pan brownies, store bought or from your favorite mix or recipe
- 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- Chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)
- Cut brownies into 1-inch cubes; set aside
- In a medium saucepan whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, water and cornstarch.
- Stir in cherries and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes until cherries begin to soften and mixture thickens and resembles pie filling; cool.
- Meanwhile, whip heavy cream and 2 tablespoons sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
- Divide half of the brownies between 4 individual glass bowls, followed by half of the cherry filling, then half of the whipped cream. Repeat once more, ending with whipped cream.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.