I was first introduced to a trifle in high school. A friend’s mom made a trifle that she called ‘better then sex.’

Brownies, pudding, whip cream, toffee bits, chocolate syrup.
All combined in a huge clear glass bowl. I can see how it got its name.

At the time though, the comparison was abstract to me. I hadn’t even kissed a boy. My mom had me convinced if I kissed a boy I was going straight to hell. My friend’s will vouch, I was the most annoying person EVER in Jr. High and high school. I was never invited to the make out parties and boys never liked me. But one day a boy did like me. I remember I told him that if he kissed me I would hit him. He tried, I hit him.

And then I changed directions.

I decided that if I was going to kiss a boy, I would have to marry him. That’s reasonable, right? Good night, what planet was I born on?

Word of advice: If you like a guy, don’t tell him this. He will head for the hills, bury himself in a hole and not come out until you are far, far away.

Long story short, kinda. I met Jon. Told him of my brilliant and logical plans about kissing and marriage. He eventually (took him 6 months) kissed me. 3 years later we got married. I wore a sparkling white wedding dress. I emphasize the word WHITE, with pride I wore white.

Jon’s roommates, in a um, totally sober state, spray painted this calendar on their living room wall a month before we got married:

Notice how many days are in each week? 8. Like I said, they were completely sober.

Moral of the story, I love trifles. In all flavors, colors, shapes and sizes. Are they better then sex? You be the judge. All I know is ooey gooey layers of cake, pudding, and whip cream never get old to me.

Trifle ‘Ingredients’:

– 1 loaf Banana Bread (Recipe below)
– 1 batch Butterscotch Pudding (from a box, you know, the instant stuff)
– 3 cups heavy whipping cream
– 2 bananas, 1 – 12 ounce bag Butterscotch Chips

Banana Bread Recipe
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed fully ripe bananas (about 3)
1 cup Sour Cream
2 eggs
2-1/4 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix oil and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add bananas, sour cream and eggs; mix well. Add dry ingredients; mix just until moistened.

Pour into greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 min in the pan, remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. Cool completely before slicing and assembling the trifle.

Whip Cream
3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

With a hand mixer, whip the whipping cream until it starts to form soft peaks. Just until its starting to get a little firm. Then add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue whipping until it forms stiff peaks. Whip it until it reaches the consistency you like. But don’t overdo it or else you’ll whip yourself some butter.

Assembling the Trifle
There will be 3 total layers, so use 1/3 of each component for each layer.

banana bread
butterscotch pudding
whip cream
banana slices and butterscotch chips

Finish the trifle with just butterscotch chips (banana slices brown and that’s not too pretty on the top)

Scoop into bowls and dig in.

*Can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. No, the bananas don’t get all brown and nasty. Weird I know, but because not a lot of air is getting to them, they keep their color and texture pretty well. In fact, make this at least 1 day ahead of time to get maximum flavor results!