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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.

Deep Fried Camembert and Brie with Pears

It is a cold fall day as I am preparing these recipes and all I want to do now is go out and buy some cheese to go with the pears that I have in my kitchen to make this fabulous dish. I have used this versatile dish for an appetizer, a light lunch with a salad, and even dessert. This recipe has to be made with fresh breadcrumbs. Do not substitute dried breadcrumbs or you will be horribly disappointed. Sliced apples, peaches, or other fruit also works well with this recipe. The lemon juice is used to prevent the fruit from browning, but is not necessary if you do not have it on hand. For best results, slice the pears right before frying the cheese.

1/2 pound camembert
1/2 pound brie
4 slices fresh white bread
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
Vegetable oil for frying
6 sliced pears
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Slice the cheese into 12 wedges and chill for 15 minutes. Place the bread slices in a blender or food processor and blend until finely crumbed. Place the bread crumbs in a pie plate or other shallow lipped dish. In a small bowl beat the eggs. Add the water and beat again. Dip the cheese wedges into the egg mixture and then roll the wedges in bread crumbs. Redip into the egg mixture, and then the bread crumbs again. Place on a plate and chill for at least 1 hour. Fry the cheese in oil at 375 degrees for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve on a platter with sliced pears.

Makes 12 servings.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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