Every once in awhile I’ll be looking at a few things that I have in my fridge and think I wonder what would happen if I were to combine these.
Sometimes, I’ll throw things together and it ends up being a disaster, of course. Other times, though, something magical happens like with this pumpkin spice dip.
I occasionally buy mascarpone cheese even when I don’t have a purpose in mind for it because, well, it’s so creamy and subtly sweet that I just can’t resist it. The other day I opened my fridge to see a container of mascarpone next to some homemade pumpkin purée, and the idea hit: I bet the combination would be divine, especially with a touch of pumpkin spice.
And it was, but…
I was tempted to eat a whole bowl of the mixture in one sitting.
So, what was I to do with this wonderful mixture?
Here are some of my ideas for using the mascarpone/pumpkin combination:
- As is, it makes a wonderful pumpkin spice dip that you can use for dipping fruits, veggies, or cookies.
- Used over a crust, it would make a delectable no-bake pumpkin cheesecake of sorts, which could be thickened with a bit of gelatin as needed.
- It makes the perfect filling for a pumpkin tiramisu, and I’ll share that recipe with you very soon!
In the end, I prefer the dip with raw fruits and veggies because I never really eat cookies. I know it sounds weird to use a sweet dip like this with vegetables, but think how wonderfully celery and peanut butter combine. Right? Well, the same goes here. At least I like it.
Pumpkin Spice Dip
Blend together all of the ingredients with a hand blender.
Pour the mixture into a serving bowl and store in the fridge. The dip will set up and thicken a little bit after you allow it to sit in the fridge for awhile.
Serve with fruits, veggies, or cookies of your choice. (or baked apple fries, of course)
My son wanted something different, though, so I decided to try to make some apple fries.
I had originally shared my recipe for them right here, but I was having issues with having them together in the same post, so I had to move them to a new one. I’m sorry!!!
You can find my recipe for Paleo Baked Apple Fries here.
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