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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.

Quince Bread Pudding

One of the recipes I have to make at least once every fall is this rich and aromatic bread pudding dotted with quinces and rich with honey and cream. It is just divine! If you cannot get ahold of quinces in your area, or find them pricey, 2 large tart apples make a good substitute. I also sometimes sneak in some golden or black raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries for a little bit different pudding that is also superb. Make sure to have plenty of rich French vanilla ice cream on hand for serving.

4 large eggs
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
5 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 cups day old bread cubes from high quality white bread
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 ripe quinces
Additional sugar
Additional cinnamon

Beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored, about 3-4 minutes, in a large mixing bowl. Add the cream, milk, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix well. Fold in the bread cubes and toss until well coated. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and let set at room temperature for 1/2 hour to warm. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Peel, core, and slice the quinces, adding the slices to the lemon juice mixture and tossing to coat to prevent browning. Add the quince mixture to the bread mixture and toss gently until incorporated. Place the mixture in a heavily buttered shallow 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and dust liberally with additional sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 10 minutes more or until the top of the pudding is golden brown and the edges are firm. The center of the pudding will still be very soft but will firm up after standing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Sitting Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

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