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Caramel Apple Fondue

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We had such a fun Fall Fondue Party on the weekend.  We enjoyed Cheese Fondue, and then an oil fondue with chicken, and tempura vegetables, along with lots of fun dipping sauces.  See all the fun details and recipes here.  After that it was time for a delicious fondue dessert -and we chose a Caramel Apple Fondue, perfect for fall.

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My husband and my kids LOVE caramel apples, and I think this fondue version is even better than a traditional caramel apple, since it’s easy to eat, and you can try out all kinds of different toppings.

Caramel Apple Fondue

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put the butter in a heatproof bowl, set over a pan of simmering water and melt it.
  2. Add in the sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, water, condensed milk, and cinnamon. Stir and cook until the fondue is smooth, and all the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour into fondue pot, and enjoy with your choice of dippers.
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I highly recommend a fondue pot that has a ceramic bowl, inside the metal pot, where you can add water and create a double boiler to keep your fondue warm, without letting it burn on the bottom.

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I sliced up some honey crisp and granny smith apples for dipping.

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We also had lots of fun toppers.  We used coconut, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, chopped walnuts, mini chocolate chips, chopped M&M’s, and popping candy.  The kids loved trying all different kinds of combinations -every apple slice was a new adventure.

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With homemade caramel apple fondue, life really is a party!

Fall Fondue Party

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I love fall.  I love the colours of the leaves, I love the cooler days, I love the food, I love the pace -the return to school days, and lessons, and schedule.  Fall is also the perfect time to slip in some casual entertaining before all the fuss and pressure of the holidays begin.  Today I’m sharing with you a fun, and no-fuss, easy fall entertaining idea -a Fall Fondue Party that I came up with for  #CollectiveBias.  I used Maple Leaf Prime Chicken Strips, to make this into truly easy entertaining, and so delicious.  I picked them, and everything else I needed up at Walmart while visiting the #FallMarketplace for some #BrightIdeas.
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Half the fun of fondue is trying lots of fun sauces, and the perfect accompaniment is French’s Honey Mustard, in the convenient squeeze bottle.  French’s Honey Mustard combines the sweetness of honey with the tangy taste of the finest grade of mustard seeds to enhance the flavour of any meal.  French’s Honey Mustard is great for chicken strips, sandwiches, pretzels, as a glaze for grilling and as a dip for fondue!  It’s also fat-free and cholesterol free, making it a great treat for the entire family.
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For the party, I put together a simple fall table, and brought out the fondue pots.
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I picked up a ready made cheese fondue at the grocery store, and cut up a fresh baguette for dipping.  Yum. We served apple cider as the perfect fall drink.  I made a dish of scalloped potatoes as an easy side dish.
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For the Chicken Fondue, I heated peanut oil on the stove to 375 F  (190 C), and then kept it hot on the fondue stand, with the fuel.  For the chicken, let the  Maple Leaf Prime Chicken Strips come to room temperature , and cut them into bite size pieces.
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To cook the chicken, guests skewered a piece and cooked it in the hot oil until it was golden brown on the outside, and white in the middle.  (Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F or 74 C.)
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We had several fun dipping sauces to enjoy with the fondue.  There was ketchup, soya sauce, plum sauce, French’s Honey Mustard, and a Honey Mustard Mayo dip.
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I also made Tempera Vegetables -such a yummy way to eat veggies.

Fall Fondue Party

Ingredients

    Honey Mustard Mayo Dip
  • 1 Tbsp French's Honey Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • a sprinkle of paprika
  • Tempura Vegetables
  • 6 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 cup flour
  • broccoli flowerets
  • white mushrooms
  • zucchini, sliced into bite size pieces

Instructions

    Honey Mustard Mayo Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Tempura Vegetables
  3. To make the batter, beat egg and water together in a bowl. Add in flour, and stir briefly being careful not to overheat -it should still be lumpy.
  4. Place the cornstarch in another separate small bowl.
  5. To serve, invite guests to skewer veggies, dip in cornstarch to lightly coat, then dip in batter, and fry in peanut oil until golden brown.
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Fondue is perfect for relaxed fall entertaining.  It takes a while to cook your food, and that leads to fun, laid back conversation, while everyone takes their time and lingers at the table.
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For dessert, I made a caramel apple fondue with lots of fun sprinkles and add ons, like nuts, coconut, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles and popping candy.  It was a sweet ending to the meal.  Find the easy Caramel Apple Fondue recipe by clicking here.
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With a fun fall fondue party, life really is a party!
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Walmart Fall Marketplace

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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I’m excited to tell you about the Walmart Fall Marketplace, #FallMarketplace #CollectiveBias, a special shopping event taking place across Ontario and Alberta.  You’re invited to attend free store demonstrations, and enjoy product samples (while supplies last), and some fall recipes.  The Fall Marketplace will take place Friday Oct. 10, and Saturday Oct. 11, from 12 -6 pm.  Go here for a full list of all the Ontario and Alberta Walmarts where the Fall Marketplace is taking place.  The Fall Marketplace will feature ideas for fall convenience meals, ideas for Thanksgiving entertaining and leftovers, fall snack ideas, and fall cleaning tips in preparation for the holidays.  I’ll be attending, and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us, and be inspired for all my fall entertaining.  You can follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, look for the hashtag #FallMarketplace.  Hope to see you there.  Look for a post here about the event and a featured recipe on Oct. 14

Happy Fall!

 

Soup’s On -Fall Soup Party

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Fall is the perfect time to host a soup party -you can do all the prep ahead of time, it’s warm and hearty, and it can feed a crowd.  On the weekend, we had about 25 friends from church over for a simple lunch of soup and bread.

On Saturday afternoon, my husband and I made four different homemade soups.  First we made Cream of Mushroom -see our recipe here.  This was my favourite. Make it veggie, if you need to by replacing the chicken stock with veggie stock.  Next we made a Tangy Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup, it gets its tang from the buttermilk, can also easily be made veggie -see our recipe here.  Next, I made a classic chicken noodle, always a hit with the kids.  Lastly I tried Italian Sausage and Tortellini, it was the first time I’ve made it and it was probably the most popular soup.

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We set everything up in the backyard, starting with the soup table.  Love these chalkboard buntings, they’re so handy since they can be changed for any party.  I also used one on the drink stand.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I”ve been looking for one of these little carts for a while and I finally found this one on kijiji.  Here it is dressed up for the party, with the drinks banner, a bucket of ice water, and another of drinking boxes for the kids.  Up on top, a simple fall punch of peach juice, white cranberry, and ginger ale.

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I love these sweet fall leaf paper straws.  Love is in the details.

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Most of us sat under the pergola, I added an easy centrepiece of garden orbs.

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I dressed them up for fall by adding a few fall ribbons.  I love how simple and pretty it turned out.

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I also added some more of my pine cone garland on the pergola, just like I did up on the deck earlier.

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See more details of how I decorated the deck for fall here.

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The deck stairs certainly make great extra seating for a party.

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After church, we stopped at the bakery and picked up lots of fresh bread, then came home to re-heat the soup before our guests arrived.

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I used little chalkboards to label all the soups.

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We had so much soup, we needed a separate table for all the bread!  It worked out well this way for traffic flow too.

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This menu worked out really well too, lots of people tried a bit of everything, and everyone could help themselves to as much as they wanted.  I was able to freeze the left overs too. I was tempted to add a veggie tray and salad and cheese and crackers, but really there were lots of veggies in the soup, and everyone loved that they were all homemade, so I’m glad we spent our energy on them, and store-bought fresh bread was the perfect, easy accompaniment.

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For dessert, my husband made two big pans of apple crisp, and we served it with vanilla ice cream. Yum!  Perfect way to finish a fall meal.

It was a great menu for a get-together of this size, since it could all be made ahead of time, and was easy to have guests help themselves too.  One little tip -make sure you have enough ladles for the soup.  With a fun fall soup get-together like this, life really is a party!

This post is linked up at Motivational Mondays, and Between Naps on the Porch.

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