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Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

18 Oct

Hey Peeps!

I got a good one for you today!!!!…This recipe is so quick and effortless to make. Put this in the 5 minute or less recipe section of your files. A little bit ago I wrote about my favorite foods for Fall and Winter and I probably listed 3 or 4 foods that had apples involved in the recipe.  Foods with apples are favorites of mine that stay at the top of my list. Since this is the beginning of Fall and today’s weather is so reflective of it here in Flint, Michigan I thought I would share this comforting and Effortless Caramel Apple Dip.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened prior to mixing.

And your brown sugar!

Use a large bowl to mix them together with an electric mixer.

Mix in pure vanilla extract next.

Go ahead and give it a taste!….. I did. 

 

This easy peasy dip is a favorite of mine because of its taste and its simplicity. It is very simple to mix this up but, plan to make it a day ahead if you can because it tastes better when served on the next day. Serve with sliced apples, fresh strawberries and crunchy pretzel sticks. You may garnish it with finely chopped peanuts but, I did not because my daughter has a nut allergy and I am always cautious whenever she might be eating anything I make.  Feel free to make two batches; one with nuts and one without. Just be sure to label the dishes *with nuts* or *nut free*.  Prepare this bowl of cream cheese heaven for your upcoming potlucks, holiday parties or tailgates. You will  love, love, love the taste of the blended cream cheese and brown sugar together. And, more than that you won’t believe is basically, that’s all it takes! Smile.

Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

2 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese softened

1 cup light brown sugar packed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts *optional*

Using an electric handheld mixer blend together the cream cheese and brown sugar in a large bowl, on a med-low speed until combined. Add in the pure vanilla extract and mix on low.

Transfer the brown sugar mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with *peanuts* if using. On a complementing serving platter prepare sliced apples and fresh strawberries.

***If making ahead, transfer mixed dip into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve***

Happy Dipping!

An apple slicer/corer is a life saver. Use this for anything that requires an apple.

Use 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice to keep your apples from turning brown.                        They will keep overnight too!

Perfect Slices in the making!

More Slices.

These fresh strawberries are bright red and so sweet! Delicious!

Can’t wait to share this yummy treat with my family! 

 

Favorite Cookbook Friday #6 with Simply Sweet (and buttery) Cornbread

24 Mar

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Hello everyone!

It has been a few weeks since my last post, it has been very busy at my away from home work place. When the demand for overtime exist we have to step up to the “plate” or step out of employment. There are really no other options when it is a 24 hour 7 day a week operation. Any who, I’ve missed sharing with all of you who take the time to read mouthfuloffood.com. It is really a great delight to be able to express how I feel about food, recipes, cookbooks and my family with you. Thank you for taking the time to be here.

The Get ‘Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine: Perfect Recipes for Spicing Up Your Love Life is this week’s choice for Favorite Cookbook Friday. Authored by culinary enthusiast Shakara Bridgers, Jeniece Isley, and Joan A. Davis, this book is second of three books by this trio and is a masterpiece. This second book I believe, is a second edition of the first cookbook that was published by the ladies. Some of the recipes are the same, some have been omitted and there has been some new additions to the newer version. All the while the purchase was still worth the duplication in my culinary information center.

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I first read of the “Get Em’ Girls” in a Houston Texas newspaper several years ago. My mom brought the article home to me in Flint, Michigan after her visit with my sister.  I remember reading the article at my desk at work and being excited for these ladies becoming cookbook authors. Immediately after I was off the clock I was ordering their first cookbook on Amazon. I was not disappointed and, have not been with those Get Em’ Girls. Filled with tips for spicing up your love life, cooking for your love, reasons to cook for him, and, preparing you to do so even if you have no idea what to do in the kitchen arena. Then there are the RECIPES!!!!….

  • “Grown ‘n’ Sexy” desserts meant for sharing
  •  “Morning After” Breakfast
  • “Bring Him Back” Chicken Soup
  • “Meet the Parents” Carrot cake …and today’s recipe:
  • “Simply Sweet” Cornbread

This cornbread is delicious plain and simple.uj Yummy yummy to my tummy. If you like a sweet cornbread such as a box of Jiffy corn muffins, you will L.O.V.E. this one. And it take no time to make. The wait time is all in the oven. Sweet yellow cornbread hot out the oven with butter and/or honey. There are no words….. Except two…… MORE PLEASE. And when you taste this one you will understand why…..

img_1089I first made this recipe way back in April 2010!!

 

If you happen to be a novice baker, this is a good place to start. Basically, you only need 2 bowls, a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and a round cake pan. Measure all dry ingredients  into one bowl for the dry. Then measure all the wet ingredients and place into the bowl for the wet. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients and stir just till combined. Pour into the prepared greased and bake. Easy Peasy. You are a success. This can be your first dish to take to a pot luck. Congratulations!!!!

SIMPLY SWEET CORNBREAD

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil 

4 tablespoons butter, melted*

Butter, for serving

Honey, for serving (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenhiet. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan with your preferred pan spray.
  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly death the eggs. Stir in the milk, vegetable oil, and butter until well mixed. Slowly stir in the egg mixture into the cornmeal mixture and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into prepared skillet.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean. 
  5. Serve with additional butter and honey if using.

Serves 8 generously.

img_1031-1Measure the dry ingredients into one bowl.

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img_1049Measure the wet ingredients into a separate bowl or large measuring cup.

img_1050Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir till combined.

img_1053This should how the combination should look when totally combined.

img_1061Pour the cornbread mixture into the prepared pan and place into the preheated oven.

img_1063Bake for 20-25 minutes till done. Test with a clean toothpick.

img_1064-1See, even the cornbread itself knows how good it is. It’s smiling!!!

img_1068Turn the cornbread out onto a serving plate and cut 8 ways. Serve hot with butter and/or honey.

If you happen to be a novice baker, this is a good place to start. Basically, you only need 2 bowls, a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and a round cake pan. Measure all dry ingredients into one bowl for the dry. Then measure all the wet ingredients and place into the bowl for the wet. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients and stir just till combined. Pour into the prepared greased and bake. Easy Peasy. You are a success. This can be your first dish to take to a pot luck. Congratulations!!!!

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How’d it turn out?! Great, I hope!

What do you prefer savory or sweet cornbread?

Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Kim

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