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Made for your Football Pool win, cheese & fruit platters are a European classic for afternoon coffee or evening dessert & mostly designed by personal preferences plus what fruit looks best at the market. While I didn't include your list of ingredients item-by-item, I captured the heart of the recipe. I used Camembert, a Roquefort mix, Brie & a locally made Icelandic cheese called Gull (largest in the pic). For the fruit components, I used grapes, pears, Clementines & homemade rhubarb jam. I'd bought apples too, but DH ate them prior to service of the platters. I included bacon flavored crackers & melba toast. Sml baguette roll slices were ready to go, but failed to make the platters in my haste to serve them at a family gathering. This combo of flavors is always great & the platters were well-received by our guests. Congrats on your FP win & thx for providing the star of our afternoon coffee. :-)

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twissis January 07, 2013

Takes me back to French picnics, just need to add Champagne (although Grand Marnier is giving picnic totes with its bottles this summer). Your fig-hazelnut-apricot spread is heavenly, DH ate 1/2 cup in one sitting. I used the best cheeses I could find: Brie, Port du Salut and Roquefort. Once again, quality won over DH: he loved the Roquefort, but had always claimed he hated bleu cheese; he even liked the Brie, and he had also previously expressed distaste for it. In the future I would probably substitute Chevre for the Port du Salut because it was too similar to the Brie, but Port du Salut is a safe choice for picky eaters, so know your audience. The platter in my photo satisfied 2 (hungry) people for lunch. Delightful. Thank you for sharing, pammyowl! Made for The Wild Bunch of ZWT8 during our stop in France.

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KateL July 31, 2012
Fruit and Cheese Platter