What can make sweet, decadent summer fruit better? Why, FRUIT DIP of course! And if I may be so bold to say so, I think I’ve found one of the best.
Meet Brown Sugar Fruit Dip.
I first sampled this tasty treat at a bridal shower in April and the moment its sweet, delicate flavor hit my lips, I couldn’t gobble it down fast enough. Too bad spoonfuls of fruit dip are inappropriate at these sort of events. Oh, propriety. Fortunately dip-maker Summer was willing to share her recipe, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
There are two things about this dip that stand out: texture and flavor. Think of the smooth, creamy, frosting-like consistency achieved when cream cheese is whipped to oblivion. Then add a punch of rich, sophisticated sweetness of brown sugar followed by the slightly spicy, aromatic flavor of vanilla. Altogether, you have now created a simple yet delicious dip that will enhance the natural sweetness of your favorite fruit–be it apples or peaches or pineapple or mangoes or kiwi or anything else, or even contrast with the salty crunch of pretzel sticks or pita chips. This dip, of course, does not increase the nutritional value of your healthy snack but it’s sure tasty! This Brown Sugar Fruit Dip is a great fancy addition to any fruit plate for a summer party and could also be a fun take on fondue night as well.
Summer's Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and vanilla on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until smooth. Then, fold in brown sugar and mix until well combined, about another minute or so.
Amounts of vanilla and brown sugar can be adjusted based on your tastes. For a richer flavor, increase vanilla to 4 tablespoons. For a sweeter flavor, use 1/2 cup brown sugar. Other extracts, such as almond, could be used for a different flavor palate and sweet spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon could be added too. Feel free to play around with the proportions to find what you like best! This is just my preference, and it is slightly different from the original. Enjoy!