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Raspberry Breakfast Braid

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Raspberry Breakfast Braid

This breakfast sweet is being served, during the month of July, while raspberries are in peak season, as our fourth course when serving a savory entreé.   The recipe takes about 20-25 minutes to make, but the results are delicious and our guests at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have asked for more, plus a copy of the recipe.  I think you could make this using any fruit preserve–strawberry, blackberry, fig or peach.  Have fun with it…..experiment!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups packaged baking mix
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter (cold)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry preserves
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F.  Place baking mix in medium bowl.  Cut in cream cheese and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in milk.  Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 10-12 times.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll dough into a 12×8-inch rectangle.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Spread preserves lengthwise down the center 1/3 of dough.  Make 2 1/2-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals on long sides.  Fold strips over preserves in a criss-cross fashion.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Combine powdered sugar, almond and vanilla extracts.  Add enough milk for desired drizzling consistency.  Drizzle over coffee cake.

Serves 10-12.

 

Dublin 3 Coffee House

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Dublin 3 Coffee House

Last month we introduced you to Emerald-Stone Grille.  Now we would like to tell you about it’s “sister” property Dublin 3 Coffee House, located just next door to Emerald-Stone Grille.

Specialty Coffee

Dublin 3 Coffee House located at 1011 Jefferson Street is Lynchburg, Virginia’s newest “proper” coffeehouse.  Offering traditional coffee drinks, as well as specialty drinks, the Dublin 3 offers outstanding coffee without being pretentious.  Sourcing its coffee from a variety of small-batch roasters from the region you will learn about the different types of coffees available.  A lead barista and a trained team of coffee enthusiasts will walk you through the options available and are there to man the espresso machine.  Open Monday through Saturday between 6:30 am until 11:00 pm and Sunday’s between 1:00 pm until 11:00 pm this is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee after leaving The Carriage House Inn Bed and breakfast for a walk, run or bike ride along the Blackwater Creek Trails.

If you love the charm of old buildings, steeped in history plus great coffee, this place is worth trying.

Strawberry Muffins

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Strawberry Muffins

Our recipe blog post this month is for a delicious strawberry muffin.  Strawberries are plentiful in the Lynchburg, Virginia area at this time of year.  There are several “you pick” farms within a few miles of Lynchburg where you can pick your own, bring them home and make them into many delightful and healthy dishes–sweet, savory, sauces, jams, jellies and more.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we have been serving these as our last course, of four, when serving a savory entre´.  Guests have been raving!

Fresh strawberries from our garden!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.  Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl.  In a 2-cup measure, combine the milk, eggs and melted butter.  Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture, pour the wet mixture into the well, and stir until just combined.  There will be some lumps but don’t overmix the batter!  Add the strawberries and sugar and stir gently to combine.
  3. Using a 2 1/4-inch ice cream scoop, spoon the batter into the muffin cups to fill the liners.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean and the tops are nicely browned.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:

I used a silicon muffin cup tin.  Make sure the muffins have cooled sufficiently before attempting to empty this type of muffin tin or they stick.  I sprayed the muffin cup tin with non-stick cooking spray after my first batch.  That also helped them leave the tin cleanly.

Don’t overmix the batter at either mixing step.  Overmixing will cause the muffins to be tough.

I baked my muffins between 25-30 minutes to get them a nice brown on top.  I checked them with the cake tester at 20 and 25 minutes, then left them in just a bit longer.  They are still very moist (I guess it’s all of the butter) but now have a pretty light brown top.

Restaurant Week 2017

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Restaurant Week

Between June 10-17, 2017 Lynchburg Virginia will again be presenting Lynchburg Restaurant Week. Warning–viewing these photos will make you hungry.

In its sixth year, this very popular week-long event features some of Lynchburg’s best privately owned dining establishments.  Fantastic menus featuring an appetizer, main course and dessert at a prix fixe price, you can’t go wrong.  In 2017 23 restaurants are participating throughout the Lynchburg area.

Some of the downtown restaurants (all are walking distance from The Carriage House Inn) are: The Depot Grille, El Jefe Taqueria, Main Street Eatery, Market at Main, The Water Dog and Waterstone Pizza.  A bit further from downtown you will find: The Dahlia, The Corner at Rivermont, farmbasket and Magnolia Foods.  Closer to Forest you will find: Benjamin’s, Bräuburgers, Neighbor’s Place and Trio Brick Oven Eatery.  A few of these restaurants are relatively new to Lynchburg and new to restaurant week, so it might be time to give them a try.

 

A few of the menu items you might find include:

Starters

  • Crab and Brie Soup
  • Frickle Chips
  • Creole Deviled Eggs
  • Fried Virginia Oysters
  • Stone Fruit Gazpacho
  • Catfish Bites
  • Caprese

Main Course:

  • Chop’d Salad
  • Open Faced Turkey Reuben
  • Sirloin Oscar
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Steak Frites
  • Mojo Chicken
  • Grilled Pork Ribeye

Desserts

  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Hot Fudge Brownie Delight
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tres Leche
  • Viennese Apple Strudel
  • Key Lime pie
  • Lemon Mascarpone Tart

For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often walk to the downtown restaurants.  We do, so we’ll see you there!

The 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival

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Batteau Festival 2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, the batteau will push off from Percival’s Island with the booming of a cannon.

The James River Batteau Festival is an 8-day event featuring authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats that were used starting in 1747 for commercial navigation.  The original batteau were an adaptation of the Indian dugout canoes.  In 1775 Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, from Amherst County, invented a new type of batteau made of sawn lumber and designed specifically for the shallow, swift waters of the James River.  Thomas Jefferson was present for the launching of the first Rucker batteau.  Within a few years 500 batteau were traveling down the James River with canned tobacco, flour, iron, apple brandy to Richmond and towns along the way.  On the return trip they carried books, millstones, harpsicords and agricultural lime.  The stories of the boatmen are legendary.

The festival is a unique folklife festival uniting the communities along the 120 miles of the James River between Lynchburg and Richmond.  Considered a highway in the 1700’s, the James River was crucial to the settlement of Central Virginia.  Many of the boatmen and women keep the boats as authentic as possible.  They dress in period clothing, meals include organic vegetables and the meals are prepared on the boat.

Each night is spent in a different town along the river.  Most of the towns welcome the participants with a fair-like atmosphere, including music, games, food trucks, maybe fireworks and in general, a very warm welcome. The first night will be spent at Galt’s Mill in Stapleton.  Wednesday evening will find the crews in Scottsville.  Scottsville is one of the favorite stops along the James River as it is a “real city” (population 575) with the chance for a shower and a meal cooked in a restaurant.  Saturday finds everyone at Maiden’s Landing in Richmond.

For an interesting morning on the river head to Percival’s Island between 9:00-1:00 on the 17th.  You will be entertained, amused and learn about this unique form of river running.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day 10K Run

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Lace up your shoes for the 10K run this weekend.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Club is hosting the Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The event begins at 8:00 AM at the Depot Grille, 27 9th Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  Using the Blackwater Creek Bikeway the event takes place mostly on a flat, paved path–out and back to the Depot Grille.

Event details are as follows:

10K     $30     price increases 5/27 to $35

2 Mile Walk     $20     price increases 5/27 to $25

Packets and t-shirts (if available) can be picked up on Friday, May 26, between 12-6 and Saturday, May 27, between 12-5 at Riverside Runners.  On Race Day they will be available between 7-7:30 at the Depot Grille.

Registration is on-line only.  Visit https://runsignup.com to register or for more information.

Good luck!