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Country French Apple Crescent Casserole
Submitted by: Wolfmama
 2 tablespoon sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon

8 ounce can Pillsbury refrigerated
quick crescent dinner rolls.
1 large apple, peeled, cored, cut into 8 slices
Sauce (see below)
Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon almond extract or amaretto
1 egg
1/2 cup sliced almonds
cinnamon
Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon;blend well. Separate dough into 8 triangles, sprinkle sugar mixtureevenly over each. Gently press sugar mixture into each triangle, flattening each slightly. Place apple slice on wide end of each triangle;tuck in edges around apple slice. Roll up, starting at wide end; roll to opposite point. Seal all seams. Place, tip side down, in ungreased  9" round baking dish or pie pan, placing long side of 7 filled crescents around outside edge of dish and 1 in center. Bake at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. In small bowl using wire whisk, combine 1/2 cup sugar, whipping cream, almond extract and egg until well blended. Spoon sauce mixture evenly over partially baked rolls. Sprinkle with almonds and cinnamon. Bake an additional 13 to 18 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cover top of pan with foil during last 5 minutesof baking time if necessary to prevent excessive browning. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Cranberry Fruit Relish
Submitted by: Barbiel
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped coarse
1 cup chopped fresh or drained canned pineapple
a 12-ounce bag of cranberries, picked over
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped coarse
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste.
In a food processor grind together in batches if necessary the orange, the pineapple, the cranberries, and the apple until the mixture is chopped fine, transfer the mixture to a bowl, and stir in the sugar. Let the mixture stand, covered and chilled, for at least 2 hours. The relish may be made about 2 days in advance and kept covered and chilled.  Makes about 4 cups, serving 8.

Autumn Cheesecake
Submitted by: Barbiel
Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted.
Filling:
2 packages (8 ounces each) PHILADELPHIAŽ Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
Topping (see below)
Crust: Mix crumbs, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes if using a silver springform pan.
Bake at 300°F for 10 minutes if using a dark nonstick springform pan.
Filling: Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, mixing on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust.
Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans.
Mix sugar and cinnamon; toss with apples. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with pecans.
Making the Cheesecake: Bake at 325°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is almost set if using a silver springform pan.
Bake at 300°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is almost set if using a dark nonstick springform pan. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Makes 12 servings.

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