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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Strawberry Orange Shortcakes

This is the best shortcake dessert I have ever had or made, hands down. Your guests will think so too! They are easy to make, store very well, and make a wonderful change from the typical summer desserts. For an all adult occasion, try Triple Sec in place of the orange juice for a fantastic dessert treat.

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small bits
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Freshly grated zest from one orange, divided
2 pints sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Sugar to taste
Sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and liberally grease a baking sheet. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Mix together the milk, sour cream, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon orange zest in a small bowl. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Do not overmix. Drop the shortcake batter onto the prepared baking sheets to make 6 large biscuits. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Serve hot, or cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container. Mix together the strawberries, remaining orange zest, and orange juice in a medium bowl. Sweeten to taste with sugar. Refrigerated the strawberries until ready to serve. Serve the shortcakes with the strawberries and whipped cream.

Makes 6 servings.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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