Fall is almost here! The days are definitely getting shorter. The trees are changing color and the leaves are beginning to fall. Scarves and sweater days will soon be here and I am looking forward to the crisp weather and the fun activities of the season. A trip to the orchard for apple picking, a drive through the country to watch the fall colors, and a visit to the pumpkin patch are “musts”. Fall is my favorite season.
Although apple season has begun, we have not gone apple picking yet as it is still pretty warm. We did however, go to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Apple House this past weekend. They were selling Zestar, the early season apple with a crisp, juicy texture, and an exciting zesty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. This is a good snacking apple and one that we really enjoy.
Apples at the Apple House are sold in pecks, a US customary unit of dry volume. Each of the paper bags in the picture above is a half peck while the plastic bags as shown below are a full peck. There were eleven good size apples in my half peck.
As soon as we got home, I sliced two apples for the family. They were so fresh and juicy. As we were snacking away, I was reminded of a delicious dip I had at a friend’s house some time back. I did not get the exact recipe from her but she told me there were peanut butter and cream cheese in it. I was anxious to give it a try.
I had to go to the store for both the peanut butter and cream cheese. My favorite peanut butter is the type made in small batches from the health food store. They come salted and unsalted. I decided to get the crunchy and salted one for this dip but creamy will also work. I used honey as the sweetener and a little milk to thin out the mixture. Add more milk if you prefer the dip to be more runny.
This dip has a sweet-salty combination and works really well with crunchy fruits, vegetables, and pretzels. Do give it a try.
- ½ cup (115g) peanut butter (your choice of chunky or creamy)
- ½ cup (115g) cream cheese
- 2 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup (60ml) milk
- 3 crunchy apples, sliced
Combine all ingredients except apples in a medium sized bowl. Mix thoroughly until smooth and creamy.
Place in a bowl and serve with sliced apples.
I am sending this to In and Out of the Kitchen Link-up Party over at Feeding Big.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!