Monday, September 2, 2013

Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip


Welcome fall.  I know, I've been whining about summer leaving, but doesn't every woman have the right to change her mind? Yes, we do. Its chilly here in Minnesota today - so fun to pull out the boots. A lovely Labor Day celebration at Dassel's Red Rooster Days. I wish I had remembered my camera to document 3000 pounds of chicken atop charcoal. I'm questioning that number, but it sounds like the right amount if I were to guesstimate how many chickens are needed for everyone in Dassel to eat half a chicken per person.
Its quite the sight. And very delicious! Speaking of delicious, you've got to try this dip! It's highly rated in the kid department and is a perfect pair to all those fall harvest apples. Its made of cream cheese (I know, I told you I don't use cream cheese a lot, I fibbed) and sugar, not really healthy at all, but its negated when you eat it with apples (proven fact). 

I only said I'm not a huge fan of cream cheese because I wanted you to think I'm healthy. I try for a 80/20. And most days I think I don't do so bad, but others I just fail. Outright sugar lover. That's me. Hello. How are you? I'm here for Sugar Lover's Anonymous. 

But, I'll admit, I do use an occasional block of cream cheese (I live in the Midwest - its a staple!). And here it is. In a dip. For apples. This dip is creamy and caramel-flavored. You could possibly scale back the sugar, actually, you should - and let me know how it tastes, because I need sugar rehab. Or I wonder how it would be with Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese? The prep is so simple, it whips up in moments and stays well in the refridge. Support your local orchard! Happy apple picking!

 
Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip
makes 1 1/2 cups dip

8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk, plus more to thin slightly, if desired. 

In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add brown sugar and powdered sugar and beat until well combined, about 2-4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Add milk to reach desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with apple and pear slices and/or berries.

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