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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.

Irish Soda Farls

There are two different types of Irish Farls, which are a simple, sturdy flat bread, these soda farls and the more sturdy Irish Potato Farls. Both types of Farls are plain and are meant to be used as a savory side, or as a base bread for other dishes, including the infamous Ulster Fry Up from Northern Ireland. They are also great with butter, jam, applesauce, or more savory ingredients. We love them topped with scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage - kind of a mini Fry Up. You can also make the Farls themselves more savory by including some chopped fresh or dried herbs, onions, scallions, or garlic. These do not store well, and are best made right before eating. Don't neglect to cut the circles into quarters as that is what makes these breads Farls, a name derived from the Gaelic word Fardel, or four parts. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, a scant cup of milk (regular, 2%, or skim) and a tablespoon of lemon juice work just fine.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup buttermilk

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with two knives or your fingers until well blended. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk, mixing quickly to form a soft, sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly. Press and stretch the dough to form a 9-inch circle, adding more flour if needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the board. Heat a heavy skillet over low heat and slide the dough into the pan. Quickly cut into four quarters and fry for 5-7 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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