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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.

Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's A Dessert Party article.

This pie has a rich, crunchy pecan layer topped with smooth chocolate cream. Make sure you chill it thoroughly, even overnight, before serving, so the chocolate will set.

1 9-inch pie crust
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat sugar, corn syrup, butter and eggs and stir in pecans. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake 350 degrees 40-50 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool for 1 hour.

1 cup hot milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

In blender or food processor, combine milk, vanilla and chips and blend until very smooth. Chill until slightly thickened. Gently stir chocolate mixture and pour into cooled crust over pecan layer. Chill at least 4 hours until firm.

8 servings

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

Linda is also the Home and Décor host for Bella Online. Make sure to visit her excellent site for design tips, articles, links, and recommendations relating to home décor.

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