Yesterday I hosted a Harvest Brunch for the girls in my Girl Scout troop. I always love putting together parties for them because they really seem to enjoy it and they’re always so grateful.
It was a no-school day for them, and since they can all drive now (ok, pause on that just a moment because I started as their leader when they were 8-years-old. WOW!), it was a great way to spend some time together but not interrupt their busy weekends.
Yesterday, I talked about the party craft we did, and today I’m highlighting the apple recipes I incorporated into the brunch! I was inspired to incorporate apples into the brunch after a pit stop at an apple orchard on last week’s mountain getaway.
I knew I wanted the recipe to be really simple, since my time in the morning would be limited, and I recalled an amazing dip that Chelsea’s aunt Kris had brought to Bernie’s birthday party. It was a caramel dip that featured apples as the dippers and I loved that because the apples could also just be enjoyed on their own, too.
I gathered my ingredients:
- Apples (for our group of 6 I used 4 apples – I would cut them as we started to run out, so that the apples wouldn’t brown as quickly)
- Two 8-oz. packages of cream cheese ( I always opt for the lower fat version, because I can’t taste a difference, especially when it’s part of a dip, so why not save a few calories!).
- Caramel (I love Mrs. Richardson’s because it’s so thick and creamy)
- Toffee Bits (our Grocery Store was out of the big bags of baking toffee bits, so I perused the boxed mixes and found a brownie recipe that included toffee bits. I bought that and the package size was perfect for two blocks of cream cheese. And later on, I’ll just make the brownies without toffee.)
- Triscuts (I decided to include some crackers along with the apples as another dipping option)
I let the cream cheese soften on the counter a bit, then unwrapped both blocks onto my tray. I drizzled the caramel over the top, then gave it a little help by spreading it out so it ran down the sides. Then, I sprinkled the toffee bits on top and the dip was ready. Next I sliced up the apples and displayed them along the sides of the dip on the same tray. It all came together in about 5 minutes. So so easy, and the girls loved it!
I also decided to put together an Apple Cider Bar for the brunch. I turned to Pinterest for some fun mix-in ideas and settled on red hots, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, caramels, and chai. I set everything out, and heated the apple cider on the stove. As the guests were ready for their cider, they helped themselves to a mug, cider, and mix-ins. It was a hit!
My favorite combination was an orange slice and a cinnamon stick – yum!
In addition to these two treats, I also had two quiches and some pumpkin bread. I didn’t get a picture of the pumpkin bread, but you can get a little peek of it in a couple of the pictures of the caramel apple dip above. It was a boxed mix from Trader Joe’s and it was delicious.
The quiches were a mushroom, spinach, and swiss quiche and a pepper, onion, bacon, cheddar quiche. I love each of these quiche recipes, and the girls seemed to enjoy them both! The great part about these was that Chelsea and I did the prep work last night, so the only thing I had to do this morning was put them in the oven. WIN!
I’ll be sharing the party details and decor on Thursday, so I hope you’ll come on back.