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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.

Homemade Crescent Rolls

While these rolls are a bit more time consuming that those packaged varieties, they do taste much better and make a bunch of rolls with not too much fuss. For a great sweet roll or herb roll, mix additional sugar and cinnamon or fresh chopped herbs with the softened butter before spreading it on the rolls.

2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
4-4 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, softened

Place the yeast and water in a large bowl and let sit until dissolved. Beat in the shortening, sugar, eggs, salt, and 2 cups of flour until very smooth. Mix in another 2 cups flour until the dough is smooth, adding up to a 1/2 cup more until the dough holds together and is smooth and not incredibly sticky. Knead on a smooth surface 10-15 times or until elastic. Cover and place in a warm spot. Let rise for about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled. Punch down the dough and divide in half. Carefully roll the first half into a 12 inch circle. Spread with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cut into 12 wedges and then roll up starting with the wide end. Place the rolls, point side down, on a greased baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cover and let rise for an hour in a warm location. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 2 dozen rolls.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 3 minutes

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