30 Days of Pinterest – Day 24
Since we were having a wedding related gathering tonight at our home, I knew I needed to whip up a snack that would be a definite hit. I’ve made this particular Pinterest discovery a number of times before, and the plate has always ended up been scraped clean. It’s a great ‘in a pinch’ dessert dish, that is sure to be a hit at any pot-luck style gathering – we promise!
The Project Process:
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
- 1 block of cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
- 4 tbsp of icing or confectioners sugar
- chopped nuts
- chocolate chips (mini are best)
- sundae syrup (I always use caramel)
- granny smith apples
As you can tell, I visited Wal-mart for the ingredients of this particular recipe. Although I normally stick to Philidelphia cream cheese when making actual cheesecake, I find that the Great Value brand is very acceptable for a dip such as this. You can also pull out any other items in the cupboard that you might like to add, such a broken up Skor bar, chopped up fresh strawberries, etc.
To start, break up your cream cheese into chunks and put into a large bowl. I would like to take a moment to stress how important it is to make sure your cream cheese is room temperature. If you attempt to make this dip with cold cream cheese, it won’t whip up as nicely as it should. Add 4-5 tablespoons of confection sugar, and beat until nice and fluffy. You want to give it time to thoroughly mix, and also whip into a nice, smooth consistency.
Spoon the mixture onto a shallow dish or plate, and smooth out evenly using the back of a spoon. A small pie plate works perfect, but mine was currently being use for another dish in the fridge – so I made due with a few square plates. This works especially well if any of your guests can’t eat nuts; consider making one with nuts, and one without.
Squeeze on your desired sundae topping. Even though this layer will be topped with other delicious treats, I always like to have a little fun with the design (it makes me feel a little like a dessert sous chef). There’s no exact measurement given for how much to use, but I usually just eyeball it based on how quickly it comes out of the squeeze bottle.
Add on your other desired toppings (I used pecans, walnuts and butterscotch chocolate chips) and decorate with sliced apples! If you opt for chocolate chips, you’ll want to try to find mini chocolate chips for ease of eating. If you only have regular sized chips, try putting a handful in a bag and breaking them up with a rolling pin. It’s effective, and usually a bit of fun as well. If you don’t plan on serving the dip right away, hold off on cutting the apples so they don’t turn brown on you. I usually just cover the dip up with saran wrap and store in the fridge until it is time to serve it. I then cut up the apples at the very last minute and arrange them around the dish.
This is one of those Pinterest discoveries that I am so happy to have found. In fact, I love making it so much that it’s even become a permanent fixture in my ‘cut and paste’ cookbook. You may laugh at me for still having one of these, but I can’t be the only one secretly thinking about what would happen to all my favourite recipes if Pinterest disappeared one day.
Have you found any recipes from Pinterest that you love so much, you’ve printed out for future reference?