We had a cousin’s dinner this past weekend. I needed to drive 40 minutes to my cousin and his wife’s home, so keeping in mind my recent struggles in dessert transportation, I thought to myself, what is the easiest, most fool-proof way to transport a dessert? Naturally, the conclusion I came to was to transport the desserts, ready to serve, in individual jars.
I called my sister to confirm how many guests were going to be at the dinner. The total was 11. I had 12 jars. Since I had an extra jar, I thought it made sense to throw the spare jar on the ground so it would shatter into millions of pieces. Or I accidentally dropped it after washing the jars and it shattered and I was sad that I now needed to clean up broken glass.
I don’t know about you, but when I think trifle, I immediately think of the episode of Friends where Rachel is making a traditional English trifle for Thanksgiving dessert, and the pages of the recipe magazine she is using got stuck together and she is unknowingly combining two recipes. One for trifle and one involving things such as beef and peas.
I was hoping no one would pull a Chandler and say, “This is so good I need to go enjoy it on the balcony” when I served my Twix trifle.
Using instant pudding sounded too easy, so I made my pudding from scratch. First though, I chopped up some twix. Then I put a layer of twix choppings in the bottom of each jar. Then I made homemade caramel pudding. I was shocked at my baking abilities (let’s be honest, I really mean my recipe following abilities) and was excited that I actually made pudding! After that chilled, I made the chocolate pudding (doubling the original recipe) and layered it on top. I topped that with more twix pieces, then whipped cream, then put the lid on the jar. Ready to go!
It was delicious. I would totally recommend this recipe. The only thing that would have made it better was these cute little red bows. But I ran out of time. So we went bow-less to the party. I would also recommend that you remember you have a cousin who is lactose intolerant before you serve a milk-based dessert at dinner. Sorry again, Elizabeth! Next time I will bring something dairy-free… And thanks Steve and Kaia for hosting and serving us a delicious dinner! Cousin’s dinner success!