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Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin Bread

It’s November and thoughts are turning to pumpkins.  Pumpkins can be used in a variety of dishes, not just for a delicious pie.  Pumpkin Bread is a great accompaniment to our savory breakfast dishes served at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Don’t let the ingredient list fool you, it looks long and intimidating, but you probably have everything already in your pantry–except the pumpkin.  If you need a new idea for a dish at your Thanksgiving meal, or a delicious hostess gift for someone you may be visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday this recipe fits the bill.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first eight ingredients.  Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in walnuts and raisins.
  2. Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes.  Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

**  Be creative, you can use additional or alternative stir-ins for the walnuts and raisins: shredded toasted coconut, dried cranberries, candied ginger, cinnamon chips, toasted pecans or diced apple or pear.

 

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.

Is It Summer Already? S’mores a summer treat

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Easy make s’mores

So, it’s now May.  It has been over 70 degrees and recently over 80 degrees for several days.  Does that means it’s summer already?  It may well.  If that is the case I have news for you.  It’s time for “S’mores!”

Those of you who follow our blog know we post a recipe each month.  The recipe usually pertains to the month, a holiday during the month or foods that are seasonal to the month.  Along those lines we were going to post this recipe during the summer months.  But since it seems as though summer is here now the S’mores On a Stick recipe is available for your cookouts, campouts, hikes or bike trips, or just to eat in your own backyard around your fire pit.  They are delicious, easy and fun…..even if you don’t need an actual fire to make them.

S’mores On A Stick–Recipe below photos

Gather the ingredients.

Prepare the marshmallows.

Melt the chocolate and crush the graham crackers

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • marshmallows
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Special equipment: toothpicks
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the graham cracker crumbs into a shallow dish and set aside.  Spear the marshmallows with a toothpick.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Dip the marshmallow sticks into the chocolate, one at a time, letting any excess drip off.  Roll in the graham cracker crumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet.  When finished preparing the s’mores place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the chocolate to set.
  • Gently peel off the parchment paper to serve.  Enjoy in your backyard or in the wilds, or for a summer treat anytime during the year.

 

Cheese Souffle

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Cheese Souffle

Sounding French and fancy, these soufflés are easy and fun to make.  If you can whisk, you can make this dish!

At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we alternate between a savory and sweet dish each day, giving guests a variety of tastes, textures, flavors and dishes they probably don’t cook at home.  This egg dish sounds exotic, looks interesting and is delicious.

Ingredients:

Cheese Souffle

  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 eggs, separated, plus 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 oz.sharp cheddar, gruyere, Swiss cheese or any combination
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions:

1.  Position a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 375°.  Coat each of four 8 oz. ramekins with 1 teaspoon butter.  Add 1/4 teaspoon flour to each, then tilt to coat, shaking out excess.

2.  Fill a large saucepan with 1 inch of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and the 4 egg whites in a large metal bowl.

3.  Toss the cheese, the remaining 2 tablespoons flour and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large metal bowl; stir in the milk.  Place the bowl over the simmering water; stir until the cheese melts and the mixture is steaming, about 5 minutes.

4.  Add 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture to the yolks, stirring with a small whisk.  Whisk the yolk mixture into the hot cheese mixture and remove from the heat.

5.  Whip the egg whites, using a large whisk or an electric mixer, until stiff but not dry, about 1 minute.  Fold one-third of the whites into the cheese mixture, then fold in the remaining whites; mix gently.

6.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling three-quarters full.  Place on a baking sheet; transfer to the oven.  Bake, without opening the oven, until the soufflés are puffed, about 15 minutes.

7.  Remove the soufflés from the oven with a spatula; transfer the ramekins onto serving plates.  Serve immediately.

Helpful hint: Light, fluffy soufflés start with light, fluffy eggs.  For maximum loft, start with room temperature egg whites, which will whip up higher than chilly ones.  This recipe calls for the egg whites to be at room temperature.  Eggs are, however, much easier to separate when cold.  To warm up just the egg whites, separate eggs while cold and place the whites into a small bowl.  Place the small bowl into a slightly larger bowl of warm water and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.  or, let them sit, covered, at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before using.

***Having cooked these a couple of times now I am going to start adding a bit more cheese.  The cheese is tasty, but I have decided I would like them “cheesier.”  Just a thought you might like to consider.  Enjoy!

Apple Slaw for Winter

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Apple Slaw

Start with some colorful ingredients

Winter is winding down here in Central Virginia.  Luckily Lynchburg hasn’t had much snow this season.  When serving savory breakfast entrees this month, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, we have been adding this crunchy and irresistibly sweet, tart and tangy side dish.  We are presenting this recipe during March as cabbage is plentiful and colorful.  It would be good any month of the year for a cookout, potluck or interesting salad.  What about serving it for a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, it’s cabbage….just a bit different?

Apple Slaw

Cut up your ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 very small purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced and coarsely chopped, about 2 cups
  • 8 radishes, stems and ends removed, finely sliced and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped
  • loose 1/2 cup (total) chopped parsley and fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
apple slaw

Mix, dress, chill and serve our apple slaw

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: olive oil, mustard, honey and lime juice.
  2. Toss the chopped cabbage, radish and apple into the bowl.  Using your hands, thoroughly toss the chopped ingredients with the dressing.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and chill for one hour.  Mix in the parsley and mint just before serving.  Best eaten within 1 day.

Almost Spring!?

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Spring Time and March Madness

We thought it was almost spring when the Saucer Magnolia burst into bloom just a couple of days ago…….

Then, two nights of a hard freeze (below 32°) and the blooms were gone……

Our guests were very distressed they did not get pictures on their own phones/cameras…….

So we are sharing ours…….

Let’s hope spring is on it’s way!

To celebrate the arrival of Spring we are having our March Madness Special. Stay three consecutive nights in March 2017 and one night is free.  To take advantage of this offer call us at 434-846-1388 and ask for our March Madness Special.  Can’t be combined with any other special or discount.  Gift cards can not be used with this special.

See you soon.