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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.

Sauteed Bread Puffs

Sweet concoctions made from yeast dough, pliable and sweet, these tempt the mouth. These are made for breakfast, snack or dessert. I like to dust the puff with confectioner’s sugar or dip it in honey. Villagers like to make them fresh for their guests as a gesture of good will. My 94 year old grandmother used to make the puffs for her family for 70 years.

3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
2 cups warm water

1. In a large bowl, place whole-wheat and white flour, salt and sugar.
2. Make a well in the center.
3. In a small bowl, add the yeast and water. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar, stir well until dissolved. Wait 5 minutes or until yeast has risen.
4. Add yeast mixture to the flour well. Stir with fork until a dough is formed. Add more flour if too wet or add more water if too dry. Place dough in a clean, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or tea towel. Place in a warm area of your kitchen. Let rise until double in bulk.
5. In a large skillet, heat oil, ¼ inch depth. Flour fingers well. Pinch dough, about 1 tablespoon, drop into hot oil carefully. Fry until golden brown on each side.
6. Drain puffs on paper towel before serving.

Makes 40 puffs.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes

About the Author

Lily Elric was brought up in Canada by Croatian parents, and has lived in Victoria, BC Canada for all of her life. She has visited Croatia, and has learned about Croatian cuisine through her parents and her Croatian husband.

She is the author of two cookbooks, Very Vegetarian-Thrifty Appetizers, Main Meals and Desserts in Minutes! and Stir Crazy-20 Stirring Recipes for Kids!.

You can reach Lily via e-mail at

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