Make this 7-ingredient easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip and get all the praises from your friends and family. It is such a quick recipe to make but so delicious that you are going to love this. Here is how to make Fruit Dip with Cream Cheese.
It is creamy and smooth with a citrusy flavour that pairs so well with fresh fruits.
This dip is the best mix of flavors, that is, sweet and tangy.
You can make it for a party or a potluck lunch, or picnic brunch or pack it for lunch or evening snack.
The orange zest uplifts the flavor to another level and makes the fruits much more delectable.
Look no further than this delicious and fresh cream cheese fruit dip for your next potluck or party.
To make this creamy, sweet and tangy dip, you need good quality cream cheese, Greek yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, powdered sugar, low fat cream and vanilla extract.
First, take your cream cheese out of refrigerator and let it rest on the counter for at least 30 mins to one hour.
If you are running short of time, you can use one of the methods that I have explained below to soften the cream cheese.
But make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before you start making the dip, as it will make lumps otherwise.
Once the cream cheese is at room temperature, transfer it to a bowl and whisk until it is slight and fluffy.
You can also use your electric mixer and beat it until smooth and creamy on low speed.
Now add low fat cream and mix. Once mixed, slowly add the yogurt and whisk until combined completely.
Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest and orange juice. Mix well and refrigerate the dip for a few hours.
Serve chilled with your choice of fruits.
How to soften Cream Cheese?
This is one of the most important steps in making this dip.
Make sure the cream cheese at room temperature before making the dip and is not taken straight out of the refrigerator.
If you take it out of the refrigerator at the time if making the dip, it will be lumpy even after you beat it enough.
There are various methods to soften the cream cheese.
The best way is to soften it simply keeping it on counter for 30 min to an hour, maximum.
You can even soften it by keeping the wrapped cream cheese in hot water kept in a bowl for 5-10 min.
Place the pack in a ziplock bag and seal tightly. Then place the bag in a bowl filled with hot water.
If you don’t have time at hand, then you can soften it in the microwave as well.
You should be very careful while softening it in the microwave, as it can melt or overcook the cream cheese.
Use “soften” setting in your microwave or cute small cubes, microwave at high for 10-15 seconds and stir.
You can heat it for 10 more seconds to achieve the desired consistency.
Which brand of cream cheese to use to make this dip?
There was a time when you would not find good cheese in India, but it has changed now.
You can now find good artisanal cheese in India, which is locally made and sold.
Apart from that, you can buy good quality imported cream cheese from Foodhall or Nature’s Basket.
If you live outside India, you can buy Philadelphia, Gina Marie, Challenge original, Organic Valley, Trader Joe’s cream cheese and many more brands.
All you have to keep in mind is to buy good quality Cream Cheese as it is the star of this recipe.
Which fruits to serve with this dip?
This cream cheese fruit dip is smooth and delicious.
The addition of orange zest and juice makes it more delectable.
It pairs well with almost all the fruits. Some of the fruits that I like it with are:
You can make various variations to this dip, such as with yogurt or without yogurt, with marshmallow fluff, with flavored cream cheese, with pineapple or lime.
Marshmallow Fluff – You can make this dip using marshmallow fluff instead of Greek yogurt. It makes for a delicious substitute.
Cool Whip – You can add some cool whip to this dip to make it more creamier.
Cinnamon – Add a little powdered cinnamon to feel Christmas in your mouth and it uplifts the flavor a notch.
Lemon Juice – If you don’t have oranges available, you can use lemon juice and lemon zest. It works well and gives the perfect citrusy flavor to the dip.
Without Yogurt– You can skip the yogurt if you want. Just use a little more cream cheese to get more quantity of the dip.
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Step by Step Recipe
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe
- Soften the cream cheese and bring it to room temperature.
- Whisk it until it’s light and fluffy.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate the dip for a few hours.
- Serve chilled with your choice of fruits.