Recipe: Chinese Five Spice Cream Cheese dip
|The brownie is just the carrier for the dip or spread. (Tammy Quackenbush photo)|
Spiced Cream Cheese Dip
adapted from original recipe by Monet at Anecdotes and Apple Cores
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
Cream the sugar, five-spice powder and cream cheese until light and fluffy (about three minutes).
I tried this “dip” with some cinnamon- and raisin-flavored pretzel sticks. But I couldn’t help thinking this recipe worked better as frosting. Spread over brownies, the dip-frosting certainly brought some life to otherwise staid sweets.
On reflection, I’d replace the granulated sugar with confectioner’s sugar for a smoother, more frosting-like consistency.