As promised in last week’s blog post on local apple picking, today is a recipe for our signature breakfast dish for the month of October 2014, Apple French Toast. Each month at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, we feature a dish related to the season, an ingredient in abundance that month, a holiday during the month or because the dish seems appropriate for the month. Our Apple French Toast meets our parameters on many levels: apples are in peak season during September and October, French Toast is loved by all at breakfast and it’s a relatively easy dish. The great thing about our Apple French Toast recipe is it can be put together the day/night before so all you have to do is get up and put it into the oven and enjoy your time with friends and family. Apples are available all year but during September and October they are fresh off the tree, juicy and crisp. If you don’t live near an orchard or farmer’s market you can pick them up at your local supermarket. To make our apple french toast start by gathering the ingredients:
- 2 French bread baguette (approximately 26-inches long
- 8 eggs, well beaten
- 3 cups whole milk (you can use half and half or heavy cream for a richer custard)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4-5 apples (depending on size), peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch thickness). We used Granny Smith apples because they will retain some of their “crunch” when cooking.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons butter
- Spiced Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (if cooking immediately after preparing); grease a 9x13x2-inch baking dish.
- Cut bread into 3/4 inch slices and tightly arrange in bottom of pan.
- Add a layer of sliced apples on top of the bread.
- Combine the cinnamon and nutmeg
- Sprinkle the apples with half the cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Repeat by adding another layer of bread on top of the apples.
- Add apples on the second layer of bread.
- In a large bowl, add eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla; mix well. Pour the egg mixture over the top.layer of apples.
- With a sturdy spatula press down on the apples to ensure all the bread is able to soak up the custard mixture.
- Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and nutmeg mixture over the apples then dot with butter..
- Bake covered with aluminium foil for 15 minutes then remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes.. Let stand 10 minutes then slice and serve. Serve with Spiced Maple Syrup.
**Can be prepared the night before; cover and refrigerate. In the morning remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking as stated in directions above
Spiced Maple Syrup
In medium saucepan combine 1 cup pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and a dash of vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil. Serve with French Toast.
Give us a call at 434.846.1388 or go online to make your reservation and request our Apple French Toast breakfast during your October stay. It’s delicious and you’ll love it!
Trying to find a breakfast recipe? All of our recipes are on our website and are listed by category so feel free to check them out and check often as we post a new one each month.
How long has it been since you picked your own apples? Have you tried a “new” variety of apple lately? Would you like to spend time outdoors, enjoying the crisp fall air, colorful leaves and views and head home with a box or two of fresh picked apples?
In Central Virginia we have orchards in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties. The farms and orchards are family-owned and usually offer produce other than apples throughout the rest of the year. Virginia is the sixth-largest producer of apples in the United States.
Apples come in a variety of shades and types. Locally you can find Honeycrest, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Fiji, Red Delicious or Winesap. A crisp apple, picked from the tree is a true delight in the fall. Once you are home you can turn your apples into cakes, apple butter or sauce, breads or salads.
Saturday, October 18th two of our local orchards will be hosting an apple harvest festival. Drumheller’s Orchard in Lovingston (from 8:00am until 6:00 pm) and Gross’ Orchard in Bedford (from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm) will have fun for the entire family. The sale of apples (19 varieties at Drumheller’s and 8 varieties at Gross’), hay rides, a corn maze, music, craft and food vendors, apple-themed food and more will keep you busy. Gross’ Orchard will offer apple picking too.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA. Our signature breakfast dish for the month of October is Apple French Toast with Spiced Maple Syrup. This recipe will be our blog post next week! Call us to book your reservation, then enjoy your day in the orchard.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is proud to announce we have been mentioned in the October issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine!
The featured article this month is “50 Great Things to Do and See this Fall“. Starting in North Carolina and working their way through the eight states highlighted each month that make up Blue Ridge Country (Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and of course, Virginia) a treasure trove of suggestions are included. Beyond viewing leaves and luscious fall colors there are peaks to climb, rivers to forge or float, wine trails to taste, farms to purchase fresh produce or cheese, trails to hike or bike, campgrounds and parks to explore, relaxing places to stay and delicious places to eat. As promised, 50 things to see, do or experience all within a drive from where you live.
Suggestion number 13 is “Learn More.” The Anne Spencer House & Garden is suggested. Isabella’s Italian Trattoria is recommended for dinner. And, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is suggested as a “romantic, historic inn walking distance from downtown.”
What are you waiting for? Get your copy of the most recent issue, decide where you would like to travel to this fall and make your plans. If you’re lucky enough to live in Lynchburg you don’t even need to travel. Why not plan a vacation without leaving Lynchburg? Check in to our magnificently restored mansion, indulge in our 4-course breakfast each morning, take the time to explore all that Lynchburg has to offer (arts, trails, museums, wineries, outdoor activities) and spend some time, quality time, with your loved one.
Call us 434.846.1388. We have a variety of packages and specials offered this fall. We’re looking forward to seeing you enjoy Lynchburg and the surrounding counties. Don’t delay, rooms are booking up!
The Depot Grille (DPO) in Lynchburg, VA is one of Lynchburg’s favorite places for lunch or dinner. Located between the abandoned canal, still-active railroad tracks and the James River this restaurant enjoys a unique location for downtown Lynchburg. The transportation arteries provide Lynchburg a mercantile foundation that spans three centuries. During the Civil War, wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict were transported to this station where they were then transferred to our numerous hospitals. Freight that passed through this former N & W depot included shoes, tobacco, foundry and forest products. Today trains laden with coal and pipes can be routinely seen passing by the Depot Grille.
The historic riverfront restaurant features fresh fish and great steaks, along with a wonderful selection of pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, lite bites, burgers (including Buffalo) and daily specials. Monday’s you’ll find all-you-can-eat ribs (prepared either sauced or dry-rubbed). Wednesday’s featured special is all-you-can-eat spiced shrimp. Entrees include a side salad and two side dishes–which can include: mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, black beans and rice and homemade slaw. The full bar serves a variety of martinis, mixed drinks, wine and craft beers. A decadent dessert menu rounds out the food selections and allows you to finish dinner on a sweet note.
The dining room uses church pews from two churches in Pennsylvania. The back bar is made from a pharmacy in Edinburg, Virginia. Local legend says that stray bullets shattered the original mirror during an attempted bank robbery from Frank and Jesse James, who robbed the bank next door to the pharmacy on their way back to Missouri after the Civil War. Handmade quilts are hung from the exposed rafters. The kitchen is built from two Georgia Northern Railroad freight cars. The can be seen through the back windows of the restaurant.
Pictured to the right is the special each Monday, all you can eat ribs! These ribs are tender and fall off the bone and are some of the best ribs we have ever eaten.
The Depot Grill is open 7 days a week between the hours of 11:30 am and 11:00 pm this restaurant satisfies hungry diners for lunch or dinner either on the deck, overlooking Riverfront Park and the train tracks or inside the unique repurposed building. As one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in downtown Lynchburg our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, are frequent diners when staying with us over a Sunday night.
Our ham and egg panini is a twist on scrambled eggs or ham and eggs. This twist has all the flavor of these well know tried and true dishes but it elevates breakfast to a higher level. Pictured above is our ham and egg panini served with a small salad (yes, you CAN have salad for breakfast!)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1/4 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
- 1 tablespoons sliced green onion
- 1/4 cup chopped deli ham
- 3 eggs
- black pepper and salt
- 4 slices multi-grain bread
- 2 slices Cheddar or Swiss cheese
1. Spray panini griddle with cooking spray, heat to medium.
2. In small skillet cook bell pepper and green onion about 4 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Stir in ham.
3. In a small bowl lightly beat eggs, add black pepper and salt to taste, pour into skillet with pepper, onion and ham. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until eggs are almost set.
4. Lightly butter one side of each piece of bread; turn 2 slices of bread over. Top each bread slice with 1 cheese slice and half of egg mixture. Top with remaining bread slice, buttered side up.
5. Grill sandwiches on panini griddle about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and sandwiches are toasted. Cut sandwiches in half, serve immediately.
Trust me, after you make our ham and egg panini, you will never think of scrambled eggs the same. If you have a panini maker sitting on a shelf somewhere get it out and try one of our panini recipes that you can find on our recipe page on our website. A panini maker is great for adding a twist to sweet or savory dishes, but what most people don’t know is it is something you can use for breakfast!
If you would rather have someone else do the cooking for you, give us a call at 434-846-1388 to book your reservation or book online and enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning. We look forward to seeing you at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
This post is a continuation of posts about the homes/businesses that were built in Daniels Hill during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1870 as one of four satellite chapels to serve Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. Built in a simple Gothic style, the arched windows of the former nave and chancel are still visible. The building has a stepped gable roof of standing seam metal and brick siding (5-course American bond) with a brick and stone foundation. According to insurance maps a two-story brick tower stood on the front of the building and a small one-story wing was on the rear, neither of which are present today.
By 1898 its use as a church was abandoned and it was no longer used as a place of worship. In 1900, the property came into possession of William H. Baldcock, a grocer; and the firm of Baldcock & Thornhill, Grocers occupied the building. In 1902 a two-story storefront, that is on the building today, was constructed.
In 1913 Baldcock sold the property to Macie White, wife of grocer James White. The structure continued to serve as a grocery store until sometime between 1920 and 1925 when it became the Cabell Street mission for the Salvation Army.
In 1950 the Standard Notion Company began using the structure as a warehouse. In 1954 Macie White left the property to her daughter, Estelle White McDaniel.
The McDaniels continued to operate the Standard Notion Company through 1960. Then, after years of neglect the current owner’s purchased the building. They contemplated converting it to a residence but later decided to finish the space into an event venue for smallish (50-70) events such as weddings, showers, corporate events, etc. The brick balcony on the front of the building and iron staircase were added by the current owners. They installed new hardwood flooring and cleaned up the walls leaving the exposed brick and the remains of some of the old plaster. Work on the project has stalled but the hopes are that it will soon be operational and that once again people will be able to use and enjoy what was once Christ Episcopal Church.
Christ Episcopal Church is just one block from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so if you are in need of a larger event space than we can hanlde let us know and we will see if this venue is available. Of course we would be happy to address your overnight needs.
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