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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.

Orange Scented Eggnog

This old fashioned eggnog is rich and comforting with a lovely dose of orange and maple flavors. One warning about traditional eggnog is that it utilizes uncooked eggs. With the current risks of salmonella poisoning from raw eggs, it is wise to make sure your eggs are very fresh and not to serve this drink to children, the elderly, or anyone with compromised immunity. If pasteurized eggs are available in your area, they are worth buying for this recipe. For a safer and fast eggnog, use commercial pasteurized eggnog. Mix the maple syrup, rum, Grand Marnier, orange rind, brandy, and two tablespoons pure vanilla extract in a medium bowl and chill for two hours. Mix into 6 cups commercial eggnog and serve chilled. Any leftover eggnog, as unlikely as that may seem, makes a decadent frozen dessert. Just freeze the mixture and let it thaw slightly before serving in chilled glasses or dishes. You can also store the frozen eggnog for up to six months and thaw in the refrigerator to use as a drink.

6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
Freshly grated zest from 2 oranges
1/4 cup brandy
1 split vanilla bean
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
Orange zest curls

Beat the egg yolks (reserve the whites) and the maple syrup until very creamy and light. Continue to beat as you slowly add the rum, Grand Marnier, grated orange rind, and brandy. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator. Add the vanilla bean to the milk, cover tightly, and refrigerate. Refrigerate both mixtures for at least two hours, and up to 24 hours. Remove the vanilla bean from the milk and slowly add it to the egg mixture, stirring well. Whip the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks and gently fold it into the egg-milk mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold into the mixture. Ladle into mugs or glasses. Grate nutmeg on each serving and garnish with additional orange zest if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

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