It’s that time of year, the garden was planted this spring and now things are starting to get ripe. If you have ever grown zucchini the question that comes to mind is what do you do with all those zucchinis. After you have given your neighbors several zucchinis and you have made zucchini bread why not try making zucchini pancakes! (If you didn’t plant a garden check with the neighbors, chances are they did and they have zucchinis to give away. As a last resort you can purchase one from the grocery store.) These zucchini pancakes are a great way to get people to eat vegetables, especially for breakfast! The recipe will serve 4 people so if you have a larger group you will need to double the recipe. As a point of reference, we used about 1/3 of the zucchini in the picture below to get the 2 cups of shredded zucchini. Note, the seeds typically will not be shred so they are easy to pick out. The above photo was my test batch and I ended up eating all of them!
- 2 cups finely shredded fresh zucchini
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil plus more for griddle
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup melted butter/margarine (for rub)
- Preheat the griddle to 400-425 degrees F If you are using a heavy duty frying pan, preheat the pan to medium high heat.
- Preheat the oven to 200-250 degrees F
- Wash the zucchini before shredding
- Using a fine shredder shred the zucchini until you have 2 cups (DO NOT PEEL the zucchini and–Do not drain the mixture)
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl then add the shredded zucchini and mix
- Add the flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, cinnamon,vanilla and baking powder and mix ingredients again
- Note, you are NOT adding milk or buttermilk. The fresh zucchini and eggs provide enough liquid
- Because you are using high heat put oil on the griddle or pan, not butter as it will burn.
- Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle or pan (this is less than a normal pancake)
- Cook until bubbles on the top of the pancake almost stop (about 1 1/2 minutes) then flip over and cook for another 1-1 1/2 minutes or until golden brown and done.
- Brush each pancake with the melted butter and place in a warm (200-250 degree) oven until the remainder of the batter is used then serve immediately
- Serve with your choice of syrups or jams or eat them plain.
We served zucchini pancakes this past weekend and they were a big hit so we promised the guests that we would post this recipe on the blog this week. If you have a vegetarian in the family this is also a great recipe that the whole family can enjoy. If you have a picky eater, don’t tell them these are zucchini pancakes, just call them pancakes!
We hope you enjoy this unique recipe and if you don’t feel like making them for yourself, you can book a room at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and ask that we prepare them for you. We should have zucchinis from our garden for the next several weeks!
Our sauteed greens with a fried egg is a hearty, healthy and gluten free meal that is great way to start your day. There are plenty of vegetables plus the protein of an egg. We fried the egg (over easy) but you could also poach the egg. To save time in the morning you can peal and cube the butternut squash, mince the onions and toast and chop the hazelnuts. We served this to guests that were going hiking and wouldn’t be anywhere close to a restaurant at lunch time.
- 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 medium-size onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 10 oz. baby spinach, collard greens or kale (we used spinach)
- 1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 2 over easy fried eggs
Directions for Sautéed Greens:
1. Preheat oven to 450°. Toss squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the cinnamon. Bake 20 minutes or until squash is soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, sauté onion in remaining 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Add greens, hazelnuts, sherry and squash. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Cook, stirring often, 2 minutes or just until greens begin to wilt. Sprinkle with blue cheese and immediately top with an over easy fried egg or poached egg and serve. Season egg to taste while cooking. Hint–Use white pepper if you don’t want to see pepper flakes on the egg, but warn guests that it has been seasoned or they may add additional pepper.
Our guests loved this breakfast and we will be serving it again next week when we have a gluten intolerant guest checking in.
Each month we post a new recipe to our blog, but all recipes have been collected and listed on our recipe page. If you are looking for new and creative breakfast recipes we invite you to check them out. If you prefer to have someone else do the cooking then give us a call at 434-846-1388 and book your reservation, or book online and let us serve you our legendary breakfast each morning! We hope to see you soon at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
There are a couple of ways to prepare the dutch baby pancake. Either in a large cast iron skillet which allows you to serve a large dutch baby family style or if you have several 5 inch cast iron skillets you can cook individual dutch baby pancakes for each of your guests. We serve them individually, however since most people don’t have four or five small cast iron skillets plan on serving this family style. If you have a collection of five inch cast iron skillets just divide the batter between the skillets and shorten the cooking time listed below to about 15 minutes.
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- confectioners’ sugar
- Fresh fruit
Place a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet in the bottom third of the oven, preheat to 425°F. allowing the skillet to get HOT.
In a small glass measuring cup, heat the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds at full power. Using a blender, mix the milk, eggs, 2 tablespoons sugar and the salt briefly at low speed until combined. Add the flour and blend just until incorporated.
Carefully remove the HOT skillet from the oven and add 2 tablespoons butter, then pour in the batter. Return skillet to the oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. The batter will wick up the sides of the skillet to form a bowel.
Dust the hot pancake immediately with the confectioners’ sugar, add your fresh fruit, cut into wedges and serve.
The nice thing about his recipe is you can use a different fresh fruit depending on the time of the year and make this a seasonal dish. During the winter you can even use frozen fruit, for example a bag of fresh peaches combined in a large sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of sugar, a little butter and a tablespoon of lemon juice will give you a delicious warm fruit filling, something great on a cold winters day. This would be a great family breakfast!
This recipe serves four people.
Don’t forget to check out our other recipes on our website. Traveling to Lynchburg? Give us a call to make your reservations. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast can usually accommodate any dietary restrictions with advance notice.
Our easy to prepare breakfast bacon and egg souffle’ is super easy to prepare and a great twist on the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast. The bacon can be cooked ahead of time. We often cook an entire package of bacon (we prefer the thick cut bacon), crumbled and stored in the freezer until needed for this and dozens of other amazing recipes.
- 1 8 oz. can refrigerated crescent rolls
- cooking spray
- 7 eggs
- 1/4 cup whipping cream (you can substitute half and half if you prefer)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
- 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
- 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 rectangles, lightly press or roll two of the triangles into a 6-inch square. Press 1 dough square into bottom of each of 4 greased Texas muffin cups; fold excess dough and crimp edges. Coat edges with cooking spray.
2. In medium bowl, beat eggs, whipping cream and pepper with whisk until well-blended; set aside. In 10-inch skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Cook and stir red pepper in butter 1-2 minutes, just until tender. Pour egg mixture into skillet. With spatula, pull thin layer off bottom of skillet toward center. Repeat around pan. Continue to gather cooked portion in center of skillet until about half of the egg mixture is set (eggs will be very runny).
3. Immediately remove from heat; stir in half of the bacon and cheese. Working quickly, spoon partially set eggs into the greased muffin cups. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Bake 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; carefully remove soufflés from cups. Note: it is always a good idea to partially fill the empty cups with water before cooking the breakfast bacon souffle’.
This dish incorporates the toast, bacon and eggs into one simple dish. To fill the plate you can serve it with tomatoes (raw, fried or baked), baked asparagus or a cup of fresh fruit. If you love mushrooms you can add mushrooms to the mixture, just lightly saute them with the peppers and follow the recipe.
Once a month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe on its blog and then it gets added to our recipe page on our website. The recipe page is the single best place to go to for a list of all of our recipes and is organized by category. We hope you enjoy our breakfast bacon and egg souffle.
As you know, for the past three years, we post a recipe to our blog monthly. Many of you have asked us for our recipes and we are happy to give them to you or you can search through the blog and try to find them, but as we post more items to our blog it gets harder and harder to find specific recipes so we have just created a new page on our website that lists all of our recipes and links you to each one. They are listed by categories making it easier to find a specif recipe or a group of recipes. You will want to bookmark that page and refer to it regularly as we will be adding at least one new recipe each month. For those of you who have stayed with us, now you have access to our bed and breakfast recipes and for those of you who haven’t yet stayed, now you’ll know what you are missing.
Here is the new page for: The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Recipes.
If you are planning to visit the Lynchburg area we would live to have you as our guest. We typically can meet most dietary restrictions so let us know in advance and we will try to create something special for you. While looking through our bed and breakfast recipes, if you see something you would like to have on your next visit here let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you. Reservations can be made by calling us at 434.846.1388 or you can book your room on line.
Again, the link to the page with all of our recipes is: The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Recipes. Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will be adding more recipes in the near future.
For the past three years we have featured a chocolate waffle recipe in February and this year’s recipe is our best yet. We have cut back on the sugar and substituted a healthier olive oil for the melted butter. This year we used buttermilk over whole milk and finally we used a heart healthy chocolate that was 70% cacao. All of these changes make this a healthier alternative to our other chocolate waffles. Okay, I’m not insinuating this is health food, but it is a better option than the previous years recipes. The waffle isn’t as sweet as in years past but after you add syrup there is a great balance. We topped the chocolate waffle with a couple slices of strawberries. Unfortunately they weren’t fresh from our garden (but we will have them in the May-June time frame). For the olive olive oil, use a mild flavored oil that is not too peppery. While attending an innkeepers conference in Charleston SC in January we found The Crescent Olive company that has numerous blends of olive oil that are infused with different herbs and fruits. You need to check them out! For this recipe we used their Blood Orange Olive Oil. Chocolate and orange is a great combination!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Zest of one orange
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
Preheat oven to 250°. This will allow you to hold your cooked chocolate waffles hot so that you can serve everyone a warm waffle. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate and salt in a large bowl. Make sure you break up the “packed” brown sugar so there aren’t large hunks of sugar. Ideally, all wet ingredients should be at room temperature but who has the time to let everything sit out for an hour or two before you start cooking! In a separate bowl blend together the egg yolks, buttermilk, olive oil, orange zest and vanilla. Making a well in the dry ingredients gradually incorporate the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. In this case, less mixing is better! If you want to get a head start on breakfast you can do this much the night before, just cover and chill (you will still need to add the egg whites the following morning).
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined.
Heat a waffle iron until very hot; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Don’t forget this step otherwise you will be picking pieces of waffle out of your waffle iron–no fun. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
Serve with butter and syrup or strawberry sauce. We served this February 2014 breakfast with a homemade strawberry sauce and sliced strawberries. You could dust this with confectioners sugar an/or put a dollop of whip creme on the waffle if you really want to indulge.
I like to think of chocolate as the dark side of breakfast! I know, I will use any excuse to add chocolate to any meal but in this case, these chocolate waffles rock! If you wanted to make one more tweak to make them healthier use one cup all-purpose flour and one cup whole wheat flour. Okay, I lied, one more tweak, add 1/4 cup chia seeds to dry ingredients. You won’t see them because they blend in with the chocolate, but they will give you a whole grain,fiber and antioxidants!
We hope you enjoy this recipe. We have fun at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast creating our breakfasts and playing with different recipes. Many of our followers wait for our monthly recipe to appear on our blog which is then transmitted to our Facebook and Google+ page. If you haven’t Liked or +1 our page yet, please do so as we have some great surprises in store for you. Also, check back next week for a new page created for anyone who loves food!
Heads up! This year is the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and there will be many great programs at the D-Day Memorial the week of June 6. Don’t wait until the last moment, book your rooms for the event now! Also, this year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lynchburg (June 17-18). If you are a Civil War buff you will want to come to these festivities to hear about this little known battle. Again, rooms will book up so call now and book your room. Finally, next year will the the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (April 9-12) when General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse (about 20 minutes from here). They are expecting over 7,000 visitors from around the world to visit that week. It is NOT too early to make your reservations. Call us at 434-846-1388 or book your room on-line.
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