Kentucky Derby Trifle

Makes 8 individual trifles or 1 large trifle

 

Ingredients:

 

Trifle:

1 store bought angel food cake, ends trimmed, cake cut into 1-inch dice

1 cup torn mint leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish

2 tablespoons Bourbon Barrel Foods smoked cacao nibs, or regular cacao nibs

 

Bourbon Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1½ tablespoons powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon

 

Chocolate Ganache:

¾ cup whipping cream

1 cup (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Pinch of salt

 

Preparation:

Whipped Cream:

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Whisk in sugar and Bourbon. Chill until using.

 

Ganache:

Bring cream and sugar to simmer in heavy medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and salt; stir until melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature.

 

Trifle:

Place a few pieces of angel food cake at the bottom of each trifle dish. Spoon ¼-cup of the ganache on top of the cake, allowing it to dribble down the sides. Sprinkle some of the torn mint leaves around the edges and then top with a large spoonful of whipped cream, spreading it to cover the cake. Repeat, ending with the whipped cream. Garnish the trifles with the cacao nibs and a mint sprig. The trifles can rest at room temperature for up to an hour before serving.