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Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

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Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

Ginger Pumpkin French Toast

This time of year pumpkin and ginger are popular so we have made a ginger pumpkin french toast from our ginger pumpkin bread recipe.  The aroma fills the house while baking the bread and our guests can’t wait for breakfast the next morning to try our french toast.  This bread is great to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or makes a great gift during the holidays.  We came up with the idea of making the ginger pumpkin french toast from the bread one year when we made several loafs of bread and had leftover bread.  The bread was so good I decided we would have if for breakfast the next morning and I made french toast with it.  Yum!  Unlike many pumpkin breads this one is a little denser and less sweet so it makes a good french toast.  Yes, we tired the store bought pumpkin bread and it fell apart and was too sweet for our taste.

Ingredients for the bread:

  • 4 1/2 cups of unbleached bread flour

    Ginger Pumpkin Bread

    Ginger Pumpkin Bread

  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon (I use Vietnamese Cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Directions for making the bread:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, sugar salt and yeast
  • In a separate bowl mix together the pumpkin, eggs, melted butter and fresh diced ginger.
  • Once the wet ingredients are well combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring the mixture until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl
  • Knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes then let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for another 5-7 minutes until smooth.  (Knead in the raisins here if you are adding them)
  • Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover and let rise for 1-1 1/2 hours until dough has doubled in size.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place in a loaf pan and let rise for about an hour (dough should be puffy but not doubled in size again)
  • Place in a preheated oven to 375 and bake 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool slightly before serving.
  • This should give you 2 loafs of bread.

To make the ginger pumpkin french toast:

  • Cut 1 inch thick slices of bread
  • Mix together eggs (1 per person)
  • with either heavy cream, half and half or orange juice
  • Dip bread slice into mixture and put on hot griddle that has been buttered
  • Flip bread after 2-3 minutes cooking and cook other side.
  • Serve with maple syrup

Ginger pumpkin french toast brings together the tastes and smells of the holiday season.  The bread is so good that you may not have leftovers to make this for breakfast so if you want to avoid that possibility you may need to double the recipe.  You can make this anytime of year!

We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the Lynchburg area.  For reservations call us at 434.846.1388 or book on-line.


Apple Spice Bread

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Enjoy our apple spice bread.

Enjoy our apple spice bread.

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:

Apple Spice Bread

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.

Wow, this smells great!

Wow, this smells great!

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.

Golden Gazpacho

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Cool and refreshing Golden Gazpacho

Cool and refreshing Golden Gazpacho

As the dog days of summer are alive and well in Central Virginia we are celebrating the end of season’s heirloom tomatoes this month in our monthly recipe post.  As most of you know we post a recipe monthly.  Usually the recipe is something we have served at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This month, although our guests would probably love this, we didn’t feel it fit into a breakfast menu, but we’re sharing with you anyway because it is delicious!

Recipe hints:

  1. For the best color and flavor be sure and purchase the freshest and most colorful heirloom tomatoes.  We used dark orange tomatoes, but you can use whatever you find at your local farmer’s market.  The most colorful golden yellow squash is also recommended.
  2. To make this recipe takes only about 15 minutes.  Remember though that you need at least 2 hours to chill the soup in the refrigerator.

Enjoy this refreshing bowl of cold soup and beat the heat!

The ingredients for Golden Gazpacho

The ingredients for Golden Gazpacho


  • 2 pounds yellow heirloom tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash (6 ounces), halved lengthwise and thickly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into large chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice, fresh or canned
  • 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small red heirloom tomato

In a food processor or blender, working in batches, combine yellow tomatoes, onion, squash, bell pepper, garlic, carrot juice, vinegar and oil.  Pulse until finely pureed.  Season with salt.  Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.

At serving time, halve, pit and dice avocado.  Core and dice red tomato.  Serve soup in chilled bowls topped with avocado and tomato.


Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Bread

Tasty zucchini bread

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!

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini muffins cooling on a baking rack

  • Ingredients:  
  • 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.

Cantaloupe Cooler

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Cantaloupe Cooler

Cool and refreshing Cantaloupe Cooler

July is cantaloupe month in central Virginia.  They are ripe and ready for picking in our vegetable garden or at the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg.

To take advantage of the freshness of this gourd we are serving Cantaloupe Coolers as our fruit dish this month at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Yummy plus full of vitamins and minerals what’s not t love?  It’s an easy drink to make in just a few minutes.  Give it a try, or come stay with us and we’ll fix it for you!

Cantaloupe Cooler:

Puree 4 cups chopped cantaloupe, 1 cup coconut water, and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice in a blender until smooth.  Pour over ice in a tall glass, garnish with a wedge of cantaloupe and a fresh mint sprig.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

Having trouble deciding what to cook for breakfast.  We have over 50 breakfast entrees (and a few favorites) posted on our website.  Click here to see our other recipes.


Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Streusel

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blueberry muffins

Our blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins are always a big hit for breakfast, but if you want to add a little sweetness and tartness at the same time, add our lemon streusel to give it a little more of a twist on this breakfast favorite.  These blueberry muffins are moist and cake-like.  When biting into the blueberries you get a juicy burst of flavor.  Try our blueberry muffins for a breakfast treat or you can eat them for desert after dinner.  Fortunately you can buy fresh blueberries year-round, but spring/summertime they are more likely to be grown locally/regionally and usually have a little more freshness and sweetness.  If you absolutely can’t find fresh blueberries you could use frozen ones, but they aren’t as juicy and can turn your batter a blueish tint.The sour cream in the muffins makes these muffins moist.

Ingredients for the muffins:

  • 1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup room temperature sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups washed and dried fresh blueberries

Direction for the muffins:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light-colored and fluffy
  • Next beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between eggs
  • Next beat in the sour cream and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and hand mix batter until just combined
  • Gently fold in the blueberries
  • Spoon the batter into a muffin tin
  • Sprinkle each muffin with the streusel (optional)
  • Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and cool for 20-30 minutes and serve the blueberry muffins warm or cooled.

Ingredients for the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter (3/4 of a stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel
  • 3 to 4 drops of lemon oil

Directions for the Streusel

  • Whisk together the sugar, flour and salt.
  • Stir in the candied lemon peel until well coated
  • Work in the butter until you have clumps (large and small) of streusel
  • Sprinkle the lemon oil and toss to combine
  • Note, while you can make lemon oil and candied lemon peel it may be easier to buy some.

We hope you enjoy these blueberry muffins.  Our guest rave about them.  They are not only a great breakfast treat, but they are good all day.  Don’t forget to check out our other recipes on our website. This is a great time to visit Lynchburg.  There is always something to see or do so pick up the phone and call 434.846.1388 and make your reservation or book on-line.