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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.

Lemon Platinum Cake

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

This beautiful cake is a real showstopper. Buy the best quality lemon curd you can find, since it's such an important part of this cake. The lemon sponge cake would also be wonderful served on its own, perhaps with some crushed strawberries on the side.

8 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Dash salt
1 cup sugar
7 egg yolks
1 cup flour
1/3 cup lemon juice

Beat egg whites until foamy, then add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until soft peaks, then add 1/2 cup of the sugar, beating until stiff. Set aside. In small bowl, beat egg yolks until light, thick and lemon colored, about 3 minutes. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar. Add flour and lemon juice and mix. Fold beaten egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour into ungreased 10" tube pan and bake at 325 degrees 40-50 minutes until top springs back. Invert cake and cool completely. Remove from pan.

1-1/2 cups purchased lemon curd
2 cups whipping cream

Beat cream until slightly thickened. Add 1/2 cup lemon curd and beat another 30 seconds until thick. Refrigerate until you assemble the cake.

Slice cooled cake horizontally to make 3 layers. Place 1 layer on serving plate and spread with 1/2 of the lemon curd. Place second layer on top and spread with more lemon curd. Place top layer on top and frost top and sides with whipped cream frosting. Chill at least 1 hour before cutting. Serves 16

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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