Soak the prunes for two hours in tepid water. Drain well, remove the stones, replace with walnut meats and roll them in granulated sugar. To prepare the balls, mix a little salt, sweet cream and lemon juice with the cheese, chill and shape into balls the size of a walnut. Slightly sweeten heavy cream, add a little lemon juice and beat stiff. Roll the balls in this and sprinkle with chopped nuts before serving.

Pastry sticks, pulled bread, or devilled biscuits are often used with cheese instead of crackers, while, if celery or olives are not served elsewhere during the meal, they may appear with this course.

Again, cheese sticks, or crackers, spread with a little paste of cream cheese and pimentoes are sometimes passed with the coffee - while a jar of home-made club cheese set in a holder and accompanied by a spoon is often passed with whole wheat crackers.