Nutella Mascarpone Trifle

There are days when I want to give up on adulthood, and run away from it. I want to pack Jay and the bambino in the car with nothing more than the clothes on our backs, and just start driving. Have adventures and just fly by the seats of our pants. However, the fact that we have a house, and jobs and the bambino is in school helps the rational part of me keep all that in check. Instead, I make something like this Nutella Mascarpone Trifle, and do things like eat the Nutella by the spoonful in between cookie layers, or lick all the remaining whipped mascarpone cream out of the mixing bowl (and off the whisk attachment), like I’m 8-years-old, and my sister Kendra’s nowhere to be found, which means I don’t have to share.

Nutella Mascarpone Trifle

Of course, it goes without saying that should the bambino wander into the kitchen as I’m doing either one of the above, I do share with him. He knows the drill–Grab a spoon and dig in, or you miss out!

After our most recent grocery shopping trek, I realized that I’d like more chicken (we’ve been without it for about a week now, and it’s my favorite). I’d also like to try a different vinaigrette this time around, which means the purchase of a shallot, some thyme, and a lemon or two. I spent an afternoon crunching the budget numbers for March, and while we’re still giving it a go, I’m debating on the whole using cash for everything. It’s too easy for me to pull money from the gas fund and talk everyone into ordering a pizza. Or finding something online that I just have to make, and so, no haircuts for the guys for another month.

Nutella Mascarpone Trifle

That being said, I have been rather impressed with myself at how I did manage to set aside a few bucks towards the purchase of my ‘Mats tickets, and while there’s barely anything in there, we haven’t touched the Vacation envelope either. It doesn’t sound like much, I know, but that’s a huge step for me. I even wavered the other night about ordering George’s, and instead made us eat pork chops at home. That too is a big deal for me. I have a tendency to spend down to the last penny, then wait for the next windfall (ie., payday) to roll in. And thought it’s all fine and well, Jay and I have been talking about the possibility of moving one day–Much later, as I promised the bambino that we would wait until he’s finished with school. Jay and I both had to move when we were in elementary school, and that’s something we’d like to avoid for the bambino if at all possible. But we’re going to need money saved if we’re eventually going to make that happen.

Nutella Mascarpone Trifle

Nutella Mascarpone Trifle



In the chilled bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream and sugar until very thick peaks form. Gently fold in the mascarpone.

Spread about 1/4 C of the mascarpone cream in the bottom of the serving dish. Spread Nutella on the bottoms of several cookies, then place Nutella-side down in the serving dish, breaking to fit as necessary. Top with 1/3 of the remaining mascarpone cream. Repeat the layers 2-3 more times, depending on the depth of your serving dish, adding additional cookies, if necessary.

Cover tightly and refrigerate the trifle for at least 12 hours before serving, preferably 24 hours, to allow the cookies to soften somewhat.

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