3-Minute Summer Dessert Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip

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Whether it’s due to our jam-packed summer schedules or our somewhat carefree (read: forgetful) warm weather lifestyle, BBQs, dinner dates and other under-the-sun soirees seem to pop out of no where this time of year. Of course, we’re so happy and grateful for the many events with friends and family, but they tend to leave us in a bit of a tizzy until we figure out what to bring.

No need to waste your summer days in shops or stuck in the kitchen. We have an amazing recipe for a delicious dessert that only takes three minutes to make. Let us introduce you to your new answer to that dreaded question, “what can I bring?” Caramel apple dip.

Only requiring three ingredients (plus the apples), this easy recipe will allow you to bring a thoughtful, homemade treat to any event, while saving your time, money, and looking bad in front of your loved ones.

Ingredients:

Light cream cheese
Caramel sauce
SKOR bits
Granny Smith apples, sliced

Directions:

  1. Using a spoon, smooth layer of light cream cheese over the bottom of a bowl.
  2. Pour caramel sauce on top.
  3. Sprinkle SKOR bits on top, and serve.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

 

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3 Yummy Recipes to Go Bananas Over

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Bananas—our go-to fruit for smoothies, dessert bread, and of course, ice cream sundaes. But we’re always trying to discover new, delectable ways to bake with them.

Because bananas are one of those rare fruits that always seem to be in season, it only makes sense to find more ways to eat them!

So we’ve gathered some of the most delicious, OMG-inducing recipes featuring everyone’s fave yellow fruit. Whether you’re in the mood for an extra-sweet breakfast dish, deep fried dessert, or a sweet-and-salty snack, here are three new ways to start baking with bananas.

One: Sometimes we get introduced to a new and exciting dish that’s so darn good, we can’t believe we never thought of it before. Like this, Banana Bread French Toast.

Two: For a stellar recipe you’ve probably never tried, check out these Banana Rum Fritters with Chocolate Sauce and Coconut-Rolled Ice Cream. Warning: you might be tempted to make this every week.

Three: Well, we’ve done it. We’ve put pretty well covered anything you’d ever want in a dessert, into one, single cookie. I mean, does it get any better than chocolate, peanut butter, and banana? You have to try our recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup ripe, mashed bananas (about 1 1/2 bananas)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and beat, and then the eggs and beat. Mix in the bananas, and then fold in the dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Measure out 1 Tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball, place on baking sheet and then using a fork, and press a crisscross pattern into each ball, making them about half an inch thick.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden.
  6. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, about 60-90 seconds. Stir until smooth, and drizzle over cookies.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

 

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4 Quick and Yummy Pita Pizzas

Of course, we all love having people over. It means we get to choose the music, spoil our friends, and keep all the leftovers (cha-ching!). But in reality, hosting a get-together can ring up quite the hefty bill. That is, if you want to go beyond the chips and dollar store chocolate phase.

There is a solution (and no need to start scouring online for budget-friendly appetizer recipes). We have an easy, beyond delicious recipe for simple, little pita pizzas that are bound to impress, please and feed.

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Only a few simple ingredients are needed to make four variations, so your guests are bound to find at least one they love (though we bet they’ll love them all). Or, you can set up the ingredients as a toppings bar, and have guests make their own.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pitas
Tomato sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Crumbled goat cheese
Basil, chopped
Rosemary, chopped
Arugula
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Red onion, sliced
Potato, boiled and sliced
Antipasta (a small variety of artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and mushrooms)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare the ingredients. Take half of the onions and cook in a Tablespoon of olive oil until caramelized. Then, add about two cups of arugula and cook for one minute.

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2. With two baking sheets, place two pitas on each sheet, and use a spoon to spread two teaspoons of olive oil over each pita. (Note: If you only have one baking sheet, just make them in batches.)

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3. Lay the ingredients as follows:

One: sauce, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes.

Two: sauce, antipasta, goat cheese

Three: caramelized onions and arugula mix, goat cheese

Four: mozzarella cheese, potato, onion, rosemary, pepper

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4. Bake them for 20 minutes, then add the basil to “one” and the chili peppers to pizza “three”.

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5. Slice into eighths, and serve hot.

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Top 3 Summer Fruit Salads

 

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Fruit salad may be our go-to snack year round, but it’s even better in July. Not only is it a healthy and energy-boosting treat, but it’s the time of year when all your favourite fruits are in season. That means they’re fresher, juicier, and just plain tastier!

Here are some easy and unique flavour-enhancing tips to make fruit salad that much better.

From the perfect mixture for a berry-enthusiast, to a chic mélange featuring salty feta cheese, these three fruit salad combos will ensure you’ll never get tired of your favourite healthy snack.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

 

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Easy Mini Blueberry Pancakes

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To food lovers, Canada Day doesn’t just mean red and white getup, fireworks, and a few cold ones. July 1st is also the unofficial start of Blueberry Month. And because it would feel awfully wrong not to take advantage of these tiny, anti-oxidant-packed berries at their finest, we’re starting the season off right with one of our easiest, tastiest and most crowd-pleasing recipes.

Whether you’re hosting Sunday brunch or just cooking up an indulgent breaky for one, mini blueberry pancakes are sure to please. Made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry, these little bites are super easy. So why not whip up a small batch for a weekend pick-me-up, or a large batch as part of a morning feast with the fam? Just make them ahead of time, and slip them in the oven right before serving.

Ingredients:

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries

Directions:

1. Beat the egg in a large bowl, and then add the milk and beat again.

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2. Add the dry ingredients, and beat until smooth. Add blueberries to batter and stir.

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3. Heat a lightly buttered, medium-sized frying pan on medium-high heat. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of batter at a time onto the griddle to make mini pancakes, and brown on both sides.

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4. Pile them into small stacks or just serve as bites. Keep them in a heated oven until all pancakes have been made, and serve hot with maple syrup and/or butter.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

 

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