Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caramel Apple Dip

Oh my!  This is SO YUMMY, features fresh fruit (that's available year-round) and it's simple too!  Thanks to my friend Becca for inspiring me with a similar recipe!

Caramel Apple Dip

2 8oz pkg low-fat cream cheese
1 jar, 8-10oz, caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 t vanilla
1/2-3/4 c chopped nuts, I use dry-roasted unsalted almonds

4# apples, granny smith or your favorite   
2 T lemon juice

Allow cream cheese to soften, mix in sugars and vanilla.  Spread in bottom of 9x13 pan.  Top with caramel sauce, sprinkle with nuts.  Refrigerate.

Slice apples, immediately putting them into a gallon zip-top bag with lemon juice and 2T cold water (to keep them from browning). Occasionally close bag and toss to coat.  Refrigerate.

When ready to serve, put apples in a pretty bowl and set out next to caramel sauce.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pineapple Brown Sugar Topping

This is so amazing on ice cream, super quick to make, and doesn't require anything perishable.  It's a triple threat.

1 can (22oz) crushed pineapple in natural juice
1/4 c lemon juice
3 T dark brown sugar
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In medium saucepan, combine pineapple with juice, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.  Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the juice is somewhat reduced, about 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Spoon 2-3 T worth onto vanilla ice cream, serve.

The original recipe is for banana splits, but the topping is amazing stand-alone.  IF you have bananas, and want to add them - more power to you.  They were yummy, but not necessary (and, unlike all other ingredients they have a shelf life).

Store any leftover pineapple yumminess in the fridge and reheat for later.  (Or dish it cold onto vanilla yogurt as part of tomorrow's lunch. mmm...