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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

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.

Pecan Pie Squares

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

Try serving pecan pie in the form of squares! This is a great way to offer the flavor and texture of pie in a bar form.

3 cups flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Mix flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups butter until crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of crumbs for topping. Press rest of crumbs in bottom and 3/4" up sides of jelly roll pan. Bake 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Combine 1/4 cup reserved crumbs, 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and eggs and mix well. Add pecans and pour over prebaked crust. Bake 10 more minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Sprinkle remaining 1-3/4 cups reserved crumbly mixture over filling and bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes until filling is set and top is golden brown.

Makes 16 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.

Linda can be reached at

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