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Cranberry Breakfast Panini

 

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Since we will all have leftover food items in our refrigerators and pantries, why not use extra cranberry sauce and cranberries, as we do at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s, in our November signature dish?  We have been serving this all month but it would make a delicious breakfast Thanksgiving morning or as a treat on Friday before heading out to shop.

Cranberry Breakfast Panini

  • 1 loaf challah or french bread
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or cream

 

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil.  Add cranberries and boil for about 3-4 minutes.  The cranberries will pop as they expand.  Drain the cranberries and do a rough chop of them, leaving large pieces of cranberries.  Next combine the cream cheese, sugar and cranberries together in a small bowl.   Put a liberal amount of this mixture on a piece of bread then add another piece of bread on top (like making a sandwich).  Beat eggs, orange zest, vanilla extract and milk together in a large, shallow flat bottom bowl.  Dip both sides of the stuffed bread into egg mixture.  Brush melted butter on both sides of panini press.  Place coated bread in press, heat 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned.  Slice panini on the diagonal, dust with confectioners’ sugar and arrange on plate.  Serve with Cranberry Syrup.  Makes 4-6 servings.  Note:  you won’t use the entire bag of fresh cranberries in this recipe so put the bag of leftover cranberries in the freezer.  They freeze well and can be used throughout the winter in other recipes for cakes, muffins and breads.  Besides, this is the only time of year you can buy fresh cranberries in this area.

Cranberry Syrup

  • 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash cinnamon

 

In small saucepan melt cranberry sauce and butter.  Add maple syrup and spices.  Stir to combine.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

We wish you and yours a happy and filling Thanksgiving and hope to see you on your next visit to Lynchburg, Virginia.