Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mason Jar Caramel Brownie Trifles

These caramel brownie trifles are decadent. These are incredibly easy to prepare, and they’re portable. The perfect ending to a picnic, or a delicious way to spoil yourself or your guests.

The trifles are made by layering brownies, salted caramel sauce, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and crushed Heath bars. They’re best when made in advance so that the brownies have time to soak up the caramel sauce.

Here's what you'll need

1 box fudge brownie mix
¼ cup coffee, room temperature
1 jar caramel sauce
Sea salt
6 snack cups of prepared chocolate pudding
1 carton whipped topping
3 Heath chocolate toffee bars, crushed
8 jelly-size mason jars

Here's what you'll do

Prepare the brownie mix as directed (substituting coffee for the water)

Bake brownie mix as directed on the box usually at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes (do not over bake).

Cool then cut into ¾-inch pieces.

Place a few  brownie pieces in the bottom of the jar.

Drizzle caramel sauce over the brownies pieces.

Sprinkle a very small pinch of sea salt.

Add  layers of chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and some crushed Heath bar to each trifle.

Drizzle the top of each trifle with some caramel sauce and a sprinkling of crushed Heath bar to finish it off.

Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

Serves 8

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tomato Caprese Salad

I've got the perfect summer salad.  A delicious combo of plump vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and a splash of olive oil & balsamic vinegar. This tomato caprese salad is classic as far as flavors go but the presentation makes such a difference. Serve this up at your next cookout and I guarantee that you'll get several wows from your guests!

Here's what you'll need 

1 large vine ripe tomato
4-5 thin slices fresh mozzarella
4-5 fresh basil leaves
Drizzle of olive oil
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

Here's what you'll do

Cut the top off the tomato where the stem would be
Cut 4-5 slices into tomato (approx 1/4″ apart) 
Insert a slice of fresh mozzarella & a basil leaf into each slot 
Drizzle on a little olive oil & balsamic vinegar 
Season with salt & pepper to taste

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1-2