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Orange Raspberry Syrup on Buttermilk Pancakes

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Orange-Buttermilk Pancake

 

If you have been following our blogs you know by now that The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast tries to come up with a signature dish each month that is representative of the time of the year, season or uses a food item that is seasonal.  Not much grows in Lynchburg in January but oranges are in season this time of year so we set out to use oranges in January’s breakfast.  We started by altering our Ultimate Buttermilk Pancake recipe  by changing the milk (not the buttermilk) to orange juice and adding about a tablespoon of orange zest to the batter.  The altered recipe is below.

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar (white)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Cups buttermilk-room temperature
  • 3 eggs-room temperature
  • 1/2 fresh orange juice-room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

 

Sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt).  In a second bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, orange juice, orange zest and melted butter).  Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to make the pancakes.

Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix using a fork or wooden spoon.  Mix until just blended together (it will be lumpy).  Do NOT over blend the mixture.  Using a scoop (I use an ice cream scoop)  pour the batter onto the griddle or frying pan.  Brown on both sides and serve with Orange Raspberry Syrup (below).  This recipe should serve twelve people.  If you are making them in batches you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees and store the cooked pancakes in the oven on the shelf until you have cooked all of them and are ready to serve them (will keep well in the oven for 30-45 minutes).

Orange Raspberry Syrup

 

Making the Orange-Raspberry Syrup

The orange raspberry syrup adds a sweet and tangy taste and will wake up your taste buds – a great way to start your morning.

  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup rinsed and dried raspberries

 

Make a simple syrup by combining the orange juice, sugar and orange zest in a saucepan.  Bring to a full boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved.  Reduce the mixture to a low boil, in the uncovered saucepan, let it reduce by half (20-30 minutes).  Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine.  Add the corn starch and stir continuously until dissolved and you have s syrup-like consistency.  Add the raspberries and remove from the heat.  Let it cool slightly (about 10 minutes) before serving.

 

 

Peppermint Perfection

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During the month of December the Carriage House Inn’s Massage and BodyWorks Studio in Lynchburg, VA, is offering a special on it’s Peppermint Perfection body care package.

This body care package combines a massage with a scrub to enhance each individual segment of the treatment.  Refreshing, stimulating and reminiscent of eating candy canes as a kid this treatment combines a Peppermint Scrub followed by a Swedish massage using a Peppermint Cream.

A total mind, body and sensory experience.  Usually priced at $150.00, during December it is offered at $125.00!

Call us at 434.846.1388 and mention the blog post Peppermint Perfection special to book this treatment.  Appointments are limited and required.  If you have any questions about this body treatment or any of the others offered on our web site please give us a call.

 

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Christmas tree at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

No, I’m not going to break out in song (that’s a good thing for anyone within earshot). but I wanted to share our Christmas tree with you at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  One of the nice things about living in an old house is that our foyer is huge by today’s standards.  We put our tree at the staircase so guests can enjoy all sides of it as they head up to the guest bedrooms.

Nutcrackers on the Dining Room mantel

In addition to the tree we have an army of nutcrackers throughout the house.  A recent guest wanted to know how many we have.  The answer is too many when it comes to packing and unpacking them but I suspect there are a couple hundred of them standing sentry around the the house.  Here are a few of them that are in our dining room, making sure the our guests are being looked after.

More of them

Speaking of an army of nutcrackers looking after our guests, this time of year we need to take time out of our busy schedules and think about our military, especially those troops that won’t be home to celebrate the holidays with their friends and family because they are deployed defending our freedom.

That’s enough…Yes, there are still more in the dining room.

We also need to pray for the families of those that won’t be coming home because they gave their lives fighting for our freedom.  Freedom isn’t free and thousands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have paid the ultimate price for us to enjoy the life we have and freedoms we enjoy.  My Christmas wish is that we could have peace on earth and goodwill towards man.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Kathy and Mike at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We hope that 2012 was a good year for you and we wish you much success in 2013.

My Best Clam Chowder

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recipe, gluten free

My best Clam Chowder

I hope you don’t think we serve clam chowder for breakfast!  We don’t, but this recipe is so good I wanted to share it with you. During the cold winter months a bowl of hot soup is very comforting.  This is a great dish to make for the family or invite friends and neighbors on those chilly winter nights.  We will sometimes make three or four different types of soup and have the neighborhood over for a soup and salad night.  The neighbors bring the bread and salads and we provide the soup.  This one is always a favorite, best of all, it is quick and easy to make.  If you are ever staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast during one of our soup and salad nights this will become one of your favorite dishes also.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (6.5 ounce) cans of chopped NOT minced clams
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups cubed potatoes (cubed 1/2 inch)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 quart half and half cream
  • 3 strips thick bacon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet.  When the bacon is done, remove bacon and set aside and leave the bacon grease in skillet.
  2. Add the onions, carrots, celery and potatoes to the bacon grease and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  While that is cooking, open the 6 cans of diced clams separating the clams from the clam juice.  After the vegetables have cooked for about 5 minutes add the clam juice and continue to cook for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan heat the butter over medium heat until melted.  Whisk in the flour until smooth.  Add the half and half and corn starch.  Stir constantly until thick and smooth (about 15-20 minutes).
  4. Add the vegetables to the cream and continue to stir until combined and hot (don’t bring to boil).  When the mixture is hot, add the clams.  Don’t cook clams too long or they will be tough and chewy.  When clams are heated through (1-2 minutes) stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately with a crusty bread and salad.  Crumple the bacon into small pieces and add bacon on top of the chowder in the bowls.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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Welcome the New Year at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA with our Celebrate New Year’s Eve package.

This package includes your choice of room in the mansion ($339) or carriage house ($359) for one night, an early check-in time between 2:00-4:00 pm, a $75.00 dining gift certificate at one of our fine downtown restaurants, a celebratory toast at midnight and our decadent 4-course breakfast on Tuesday.  You may add Sunday evening at a rate of $179 (mansion) or $199 (carriage house) to make the start of the New Year extra special.

Interested in a massage or body treatment?  Visit our web site to review the massage and body treatments offered in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio or close out 2012 with our December signature treatment, Peppermint Perfection.  This treatment combines  a refreshing, stimulating body scrub followed by a Swedish massage using a Peppermint Scrub and Peppermint Cream reminiscent of our childhood and thoughts of candy canes.  This treatment is $150.00.  Please call at least 72 hours in advance of your arrival to book this add-on.

Call us at 434.846.1388 and mention the New Year’s Eve Celebration package.  This offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or voucher.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

$121.20!!

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During the month of December, to celebrate the 12th month of 2012, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA is offering a very special two-night stay.

Stay two nights and your second night will cost only $121.20, yes, only $121.20.  Your two night stay includes your room of choice, our legendary 4-course breakfast each morning, our luxurious room ammenities and concierge-level service with assistance in planning your day and dining.  Take advantage of our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio where you can enjoy our Peppermint  Perfection Body Care treatment (a scrub & massage) that will refresh, stimulate and envelope you in scents reminiscent of your childhood.

This special pricing is valid December 1-29, 2012.  You must mention this special pricing when making your reservation.  Not available with any existing reservation and cannot be combined with any other special, voucher or discount.  Pricing does not include taxes.  Call us at 434.846.1388 to make your December 2012 reservation.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!