September and October in Lynchburg and Central Virginia means apples. Lots of apples. Just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Amherst County, are several large orchards. They sell fresh fruits and produce during the growing seasons and their apples in late August until mid-October are fabulous. You can even pick them yourself, if you are willing and they make a fabulous apple spice bread.
We serve this Apple Spice Bread as our fourth breakfast course, during September, when we have served a savory entrée. Yes, you read correctly, we serve a four course for breakfast each morning. Generally we start with a Smoothie Shot, then a Taste of Yogurt topped with fresh fruit, followed by the Entrée and accompaniments. The last course is something sweet, or dessert-like. Our Apple Spiced Bread certainly hits our fourth course note.
If you don’t live near an orchard or farmer’s market then you can purchase apples at the supermarket, but if you want the total experience of picking the apples and then baking them this is a great area to get that experience! Below is a list of near by orchards in the event you want to plan your stay here with a stop at one of our orchards.
Ingredients for Apple Spice Bread:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil (corn or canola)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups coarsely chopped apples
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnut)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 6 nut halves (pecan or walnut)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with waxed or parchment paper.
Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of the sugar with the oil; add eggs and vanilla. Stir in apples, raisins and nuts; add flour mixture, stir until mixed.
Pour batter into pan and level the top. Bake 20 minutes.
Remove gently from the oven and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar onto the top, press the nut halves down the center of the bread. Return to oven, bake an additional 30-40 minutes (or until tester comes out clean). Turn onto a rack to cool.
Makes 1 loaf.
This bread freezes well and makes a delightful addition to a bagged lunch. Enjoy!
P.S. Remember, you can always request a dish you have read about on our blog to be served anytime you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast. As long as we can get the ingredients we are happy to make your breakfast dreams come true.
Near by Orchards. Please click on each orchard to get their hours of operation as well as directions.
Each summer we grow a rather substantial garden in our back yard of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Items grown are often prepared and served during our 4-course breakfasts. Among the items grown is zucchini. Any of you who have ever grown zucchini knows that when it ripens, it ripens, and we usually have a bumper crop all at once. What do you do with dozens of ripe zucchini? We have made them into pancakes, fritters and the zucchini bread found here, in fact I have just finished making 18 loaves! When you visit during Late-July or August you will probably be served something zucchini at least once during your stay. Another twist is to take the zucchini bread batter and make them in muffin cups rather than loaves. You may need to shorten the cooking time a little in the muffin cups. They freeze great so you can freeze them and serve them later in the year. Enjoy!
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cups grated zucchini (drained)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar.
- In a separate bowl combine oil, eggs, water zucchini and lemon juice.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry, add nuts and fold in.
- Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Alternately, bake in 5 mini-loaf pans for about 45-50 minutes.
Helpful hints: 1. Zucchini is a water-laden vegetable. I found it made a better bread if allowed to drain after being grated. Even just draining while you prepare the pans and combine the main ingredients seemed to help. 2. I suggest you turn the pans around in the oven during the last 10-15 minutes of baking. Baking time is dependent upon the wetness of the ingredients, so use your cake tester and bake until tester comes out clean.
Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built. Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern. Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611. After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.
On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg. The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30. About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.
Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive. With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability). Note: Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE. Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train. Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost. Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip. A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611” campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s Massage and Body Works Studio is offering one (1) $40 “Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment” with every 2-night stay during the month of April 2015.
This unique reflexology treatment uses hot river stones to impart an extra degree of relaxation and rejuvenation. Normally a $75 treatment, your package includes the cost of your room selected plus the “Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment” for only $40!
Visit our web site, choose your room and call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation and massage appointment. You must mention this No Fooling package when booking. Your stay must be completed during the month of April. Package cannot be combined with any other special, offer or package.
Come stay with us in Lynchburg, VA. and experience this exceptional massage service.
Each season in the Lynchburg, VA area offers something unique to hikers & walkers. Spring offers brilliant colors breaking through after the cold winter, summer offers lush greenery, fall offers a beautiful show as leaves start to change and winter-early spring offers magical things. But in the winter we have some marvelous ice sculptures for those who are hearty enough to do some cold weather hiking. Since spring is almost here these cold weather hiking features will soon be disappearing.
Trees are vacant of leaves allowing your eyes to see views hidden when the leaves are present. One of winter’s most dazzling works of art, and perhaps it’s most spectacular, is ice. Small formations crunch underneath your feet as you gain elevation, when hiking in the mountains. Mossy boulders and rock formations grow “teeth” as their summer drips are frozen in time.
Silent scenes present themselves throughout most late winter-early spring hikes. Look up and you may catch the silent flight of an owl or hawk. Walk through bare trees and imagine them as the remnants of buildings in a town long lost. Silence can be empowering, relaxing and rejuvenating. Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computers, phones and other hand-held devices and just enjoy being.
Lynchburg has a hidden treasure in it’s hiking trail system. The trails of Blackwater Creek offer a variety of landscapes, water views, wildlife and space to reflect, see ice sculptures post 1/6/15. Just north of Lynchbrug is Crabtree Falls. We posted about Crabtree Falls on 7/17/12, a strenuous hike any time of the year, winter offers special sites, sounds and things to experience. High Bridge State Park in Farmville, posted 9/11/12, follows an old railroad bed so is relatively flat. Walk to the bridge and be treated to the seemingly endless views in every direction. For those true hikers that want a bit more of a challenge Falling Water Cascades Loop, posted 8/28/13, Flat Top Mountain and Sharp Top, in the Peaks of Otter just outside of Bedford, will challenge you and charm you at the same time.
When done hiking return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We’ll have hot coffee or cocoa waiting for you along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies. And if you have hiked especially strenuously we can serve you our signature Peppermint Pattie Hot Cocoa, it’ll warm you up inside and out! Our on-site massage and BodyWorks Studio offers a variety of massages, so tired and sore muscles should not be an issue after an invigorating day. Don’t delay, book your room now for the last of our cold weather hikes or get here in time to see the beauty of spring happen.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is offering one free Swedish Massage in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio with every 2-night stay during the month of March during our March Massage Madness month.. Take time to explore all that Lynchburg has to offer: hiking/biking the Blackwater Creek Trail, historic sites & museums, wineries & wine tastings or antiquing. Enjoy our delicious downtown restaurants. Take time to relax and reconnect. You will rest well in our comfortable rooms with sumptuous amenities, enjoy our legendary 4-course breakfast each morning and enjoy your time away together.
Visit our website at, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room then call 434.846.1388 to book your reservation and massage appointment. You must mention this March Massage Madness package when making your reservation, At least 48 hours in advance of your arrival is required to schedule your massage.
Cost of package is based upon room selected for 2 nights plus applicable taxes and service fees. Gratuities are not included. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials. This is for new reservations made between February 24, 2015 and March 29, 2015. Sorry gift cards cannot be used to pay for the cost of the room with this special.
This March Massage Madness Special has been popular in previous years so book early and don’t forget to mention this March Madness Special.
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