On Sunday, October 9th we took a break from working at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast to attend the final session of Thomas Jefferson’s “passion” series at his retreat, Poplar Forest. A brisk but sunny day was the perfect backdrop for a wonderful late afternoon lecture by Richard Goodman, renowned author. He spoke of and enlighted a full house about the time when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Adams were living in New York while working to put democracy into practice. Can’t you just imagine the discussions, disagreements, suggestions and conversations these distinguished gentlemen participated in? How might we use their knowledge and foresight to assist us with today’s problems?
The series of three lectures were educational, insirational and enjoyed by all who attended. If history is of interest to you check the Poplar Forest web site, www.poplarforest.org/events or our blog for upcoming events in and around Lynchburg. Located about 20 minutes from our inn in Lynchburg, Virginia we are the perfect place to spend the night when exploring this architectural treasure. Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to check our availability.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA introduces it’s signature recipe, pumpkin waffles, for the month of October. November and December are also great months to use pumpkins. What would Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner be without pumpkin pie. In the spirit of fall, colored leaves, pumpkins and warm spices this dish is always a crowd favorite. Once you’ve enjoyed these fabulous waffles you too may request them upon your return visit, even if it’s not October!
Pumpkin Waffle Ingredients:
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg whites
Apples & Spiced Maple Syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 2 crisp apples, Granny Smith, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Waffles: Preheat Belgian waffle iron to medium heat, according to manufacturer’s directions. In a large bowl, whisk flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together half and half, pumpkin puree, melted butter, oil and egg.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Whisk together lightly to make a slightly lumpy batter. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. In a third bowl beat the two egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold egg whites into batter mixture.
Pour and spread about 1 cup batter into the center of the waffle iron. Cover and cook until crisp on both sides and a rich golden brown. Keep warm, on oven rack only, in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve garnished with hot apples and spiced maple syrup.
Apples and Spiced Maple Syrup
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add spices. Add apples and let cook until warm but still crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Add pure maple syrup. Toss to coat. Keep warm until ready to serve atop waffles.
We hope you enjoy this recipe from the kitchen of Lynchburg’s award winning bed and breakfast, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our last guest that had this said it was too pretty to eat, but they ate it anyway and loved it! If you hate to cook breakfast give us a call and reserve a room. We would love to serve you our legendary breakfast each morning of your stay.
- Our signature dish for September, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, highlights locally grown apples and presents French Toast with a twist. A favorite of our guests it is often requested by those returning. Enjoy!
Apple Stuffing and Spiced Maple Syrup
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- a dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Carmel Sauce
Core apple and slice into thin pieces, removing skin is optional. Place maple syrup, butter and spices into a medium frying pan, stir; add apple slices. Over low heat, stirring occasionally, bring mixture just to a boil. Simmer about 1-2 minutes or until apples are tender but not soft.
Croissant French Toast
- 2 large croissants, sliced in half lengthwise
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- a dash each cinnamon and nutmeg
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
In a shallow pan combine eggs, half and half, flour, vanilla and spices. Mix well. Dip each croissant half in mixture until well coated but not soggy. Place dipped croissant onto a hot buttered griddle or frying pan. Cook about 3-4 minutes, flip and cook other side another 3-4 minutes, or until firm and a light golden brown.
Remove apples and soft caramel sauce from heat. Strain apples and sauce, allowing sauce to accumulate into a measuring cup. Place a croissant bottom on each serving plate. Top with sliced apples. Add croissant top to apples. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Garnish plate with a few apple slices or caramel sauce. Serve spiced maple syrup separately.
Spend an afternoon discovering why Thomas Jefferson was the master of the house at Poplar Forest, the brew master that is, when the second in the series exploring Jefferson’s “Passions” takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2011.
The terras roof will be the setting for learning about Jefferson’s brewing techniques. You will have an opportunity to sample Jefferson-era beer recipes and tour the house and grounds after the presentaion is completed.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA for a minimum of 2 nights, including September 25th and tickets to this exciting lecture and demonstration are complimentary. Reservations and advance purchase of tickets are required and limited. Call 434.846.1388 to attend this exciting event.
“Jefferson’s Passion for Writing and Democracy” will be held in October, call for more details.
Fine print: This offer cannot be combined with any other discount, package or voucher. Subject to availability. In the event of rain the series will relocate to another area on the Poplar Forest property.
Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week. Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.
The number of people that turned out was impressive!
In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor. I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.
Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.
If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.
Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.
Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer. If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!
With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!
If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.
There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video, “Get Downtown.”
If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then. As Tony says….Get Downtown.
One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area. It is a great place that is within walking distance. Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great. While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!
The Lynchburg Historical Foundation’s Annual Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 1:00-4:30 pm. Six homes in the Rivermont Historic District will be highlighted this year.
In an effort to support the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, guets staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast September 23, 24 and/or 25, 2011 (minimum 2-night stay) will receive complimentary tickets to the home tour.
If you enjoy gazing back into history and seeing homes rich in architectural detail then this is one weekend not to miss.
Fine Print: You must mention this package when booking your reservation at 434.846.1388. This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.
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