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Harry’s Bakery and Catering

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Harry’s Bakery in downtown Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA has a new and very yummy bakery in downtown.  Located at 901 Jefferson Street, #1–in the Riverviews Artspace–they serve a variety of cakes, pastries, authentic NY-style bagels and more.

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Cake at Harry’s Bakery

You will be dazzled by the display cases and have a hard time choosing what to try.  They offer a few breakfast and lunch items plus platters comprised of either sweet or savory delights.  Artisan breads are always a welcome treat at a delicious meal.  Cakes can be purchased whole or by the slice.  And who doesn’t want to try cappuccino cream, raspberry lemonade or cherry cordial cake?  Just a few selections to entice your taste buds.  The wide assortment of muffins, croissants, cannolis, pies and quiche as well as salads, sandwiches, custom-made omelets and Belgian waffles will serve you well throughout the day.

At Harry’s Bakery you can buy a whole cake or just a slice.

Harry’s Bakery and Catering is open Tuesday through Saturday between 8:00 until 6:00.  If you have any questions you can contact them at 434.329.2429 or visit their web site at www.harryandhannahscatering.com.

Bacon and Spinach Quiche

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Spinach Quiche

Winter and early spring months do not provide many fresh fruits or vegetables that are made into yummy breakfast dishes.  But who doesn’t like a warm piece of quiche on a cold morning filled with delicious bacon, melty cheese and good for you spinach?  We serve this dish as a spinach quiche or as a frittata (without the pie crust–which makes it ideal for our gluten-free guests at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.)  And we have served this dish as a lunch or dinner entré along side a fresh fruit or green salad. Check out the hints below to see how this dish can be a very flexible alternative to those picky eaters in your family by adding or deleting ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach, packed tightly
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 9-inch refrigerated pie crust, fitted into a 9-inch glass pie plate

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender.
  3. Layer the spinach, bacon and cheese into the bottom of the pie crust.
  4. Pour the egg mixture on top of the spinach mixture.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the egg mixture is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cut into 8 wedges and enjoy!

Helpful Hints:

  • We have made this into a frittata.  Just eliminate the pie crust.  It takes less time to cook as a frittata, watch it carefully.
  • We have added artichokes, sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, Parmesan cheese or sausage bits to the egg mixture, either in addition to the ingredients listed above or in place of.
  • Making a spinach quiche or frittata gives you the opportunity to go through your refrigerator and get rid of some of those vegetables before you have to throw them out.
  • Here is the BEST TIP.  When we make this as a frittata, we make them in silicone muffin cups. They are super easy to remove and if you have someone who can’t eat cheese you can leave it out of their fritatta. Likewise if you have a vegetarian leave out he meat in their breakfast. It is an easy answer when you are dealing with multiple dietary restrictions. 

 

 

Caramel-Dipped Popovers with Chocolate Mousse

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Cream Puff

February is halfway over, Valentine’s Day is in 2 days, so we’re asking, why not prepare this delicious, decadent dessert for your sweetie?  It’s got chocolate and caramel, so it can’t be all bad.  Read the recipe carefully, don’t let the ingredients and many steps scare you.  They really aren’t that hard to make. You will come out smelling like a rose!

Chocolate Mousse

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), melted, slightly cooled
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided

Popovers and Assembly

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup sugar

Chocolate Mousse:  Place chocolate and salt in a large bowl; set aside.  Cook egg yolks, sugar and 1/2 cup cream in medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 4 minutes.  Pour over chocolate mixture and whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.  Let cool.  Do ahead: mousse can be made 2 days ahead.  Keep chilled.

Cream Puff with caramel drizzle

Popovers and Assembly:  Preheat oven to 425 degreesº.  Lightly butter 10 cups of standard 12-cup muffin tin or two 6-cup popover pans.  Whisk eggs in medium bowl to blend.  Bring cream, milk, salt and pepper to a simmer in a medium saucepan; whisking constantly, gradually add to eggs.  Whisk in flour, then cheese (no lumps should remain).

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, fill remaining cups halfway with water, and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350° and bake until popovers are puffed, golden brown and crusty, 20-25 minutes longer.  Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool.

Just before serving, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray.  Fill a large bowl with ice water.  Bring sugar and 3 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Boil, brushing down sides with a damp brush and swirling pan occasionally until mixture turns deep amber.  Set the bottom of saucepan in ice water to stop the cooking process and firm caramel slightly (this will make it easier to work with when dipping popovers).

Working quickly and with 1 popover at a time, dip bottoms into caramel and set, caramel side down, on prepared baking sheet; let cool.  (If caramel becomes too hard while dipping, reheat over medium-low heat to a workable consistency).

Once the caramel has set, mix mousse with a rubber spatula to loosen.  Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4″ pastry tip.  Working 1 at a time, poke holes in tops of popovers with pastry tip and fill popovers with mousse.

 

Cinn City

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Cinn City cinnamon rolls are made on premises daily

Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia has a new bakery.  And is it ever good!  Located at 1344 Main Street this bakery is a unique addition to downtown’s delicious dining options.  Owned and operated by Alex Richardson it serves breakfast treats, while R*A Bistro does not.  Alex has been a supporter of downtown and opened R*A Bistro before many could see downtown’s potential.

His new endeavor features over-the-top cinnamon bun and beignet creations that will have you returning again and again.  Afterall, there are so many different home-made frostings, almost 30 toppings and 12 sauces you’ll need to return just to try them all.  And who doesn’t enjoy customizing their own cinnamon treats?  In addition to the sweet treats there is a line of coffee and espresso products that complement the cinnamon buns or beignets.

The dough is mixed, risen, rolled and baked, then served fresh and hot from the oven.  You top it with your choice of chef-crafted, infused frostings and a huge assortment of fresh fruits, crumbles, candies, cookies and more.  You also choose one frosting, one frosting and two toppings plus one drizzle or really make it your own with your frosting choice.

 

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There are dozens of toppings you can add.

The beignets are hand-cut, sugar dusted doughnut delights that match perfectly with the many house-made fruit toppings, chocolate sauces, caramels and frostings made for dipping.  You can buy them by the piece or by the basket.  Sometimes there are just too many choices.

Toppings include the old standbys: various nuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows and caramel chips.  Frostings include cream cheese, maple, hazelnut and vanilla.  Drizzles and sauces run the gamut between vanilla cream, chocolate, raspberry or strawberry to lemon zest, cinnamon or honey.

If you’re hungry at lunchtime for a savory, scratch-made dough roll you are now in luck.  Savory buns are filled with fresh garlic, olive oil and herbs.  Then you can add Boursin cream cheese, gourmet sauces, sautéed veggies or a variety of meats.

In addition to a nice selection of coffees and espressos you can choose café au lait, hot chocolate or a signature hot drink.  Does a s’more, choc-raspberry, minty Irishman or banana foster drink sound appealing?  Or, try a float, smoothie or milk shake.

Open Sunday through Thursday between 7:00 until 7:00 and Friday and Saturday between 7:00 until 9:00.  If you’d like further information visit their website www.cinncity.com or call 434.219.3957.

My hint to you is, if you don’t want to get up early to prepare and bake your own cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, visit Cinn City the day before to select some delicious breakfast treats.  And consider the same for New Year’s morning.  They have such a selection of goodies that you will be bale to choose from your favorites or be adventurous and choose something different.  You will be glad you did!

 

Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

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Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

A yummy, savory breakfast that hits all of the right notes–crunchy, salty, gooey and just plain yummy!  Do you want to impress your Thanksgiving house guests or a special someone on New Year’s morning or Valentine’s Day with a new dish?  What about on Easter morning when you have neighbors and friends over for brunch?  Try our loaded potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs and you will be the star of the gathering.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large shallot, grated
  • 4 fried eggs
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips and cooked
  • chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Peel and grate potatoes; squeeze dry in a clean dish towel.
  2. In a bowl, mix potatoes with cheese, butter and shallot; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Coat waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Using a quarter of the potato mixture for each waffle, cook over high until golden and crispy, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Top with an egg, bacon and parsley.  Season to taste.

Makes 4

Helpful hints:

  • I used a large box grater for grating the potatoes, but you could use frozen hash brown potatoes.
  • The shallot was grated using a fine microplane.
  • We always cook our bacon in the oven using a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet.  This allows it to cook through, stay flat and the fat drips onto the pan. Spray the wire rack with Pam or a similar product.  We put a paper towel in the bottom of the cookie sheet to absorb most of the bacon fat.
  • We placed the egg into a cookie cutter to make a fried egg shaped like a star for a fun presentation.

 

Asian Pear Salad with Pecans and Radicchio

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Asian Pear Salad

Asian Pear Salad.  Have you heard of Asian Pears?  Have you tried an Asian Pear?  As you know by now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a fruit course each morning and when serving a savory entrée we sometimes serve a salad.  This month’s recipe is just one of those salads. Pictured above is the Asian Pear Salad served with Canadian bacon and our wamlet (an omelet made in our Belgium waffle maker.

But first, let me tell you about the Asian Pear.  It is also known as the “apple pear” as it is crunchy, juicy and round like an apple, but it has an unmistakable pear flavor.  Even when ripe they’re crunchy so hold up well in a salad or when baking.  Originally from East Asia, they are now grown in California, Oregon, and Washington in the United States.

When purchasing an Asian Pear choose one that is the most fragrant and with little to no brown spots.  When ripe they are hard and do not soften (unlike a traditional pear.)  They are ready to eat when purchased.  You can store them for up to a week at room temperature or up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Now let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups pecan halves, cut into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small head radicchio, cored, leaves separated and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 3 oz. frisée, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 1 medium Asian Pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise ( about 1 cup)

Directions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

Put the pecans on a small, rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant and pale golden on the cut sides, 6-8 minutes.  Add the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss with 2 heatproof spatulas until the butter is melted and absorbed by the nuts.  Set the nuts aside (they can be added to the salad warm or at room temperature.)

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in the oils until well combined.

Combine the radicchio, frisée and pear in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to coat.  Add the nuts, toss and serve.