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Cheese Charlotte

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Cheese Charlotte

Serves 8

This is such an easy as a breeze to fix dish and it’ll make your house smell divine. For house guests or a brunch, it’s another overnight dish that will help you, the hostess, relax and be able to enjoy your company. The real charlotte I believe was the one you probably know— that of the elegant French desert made with a mold of ladyfingers, Bavarian cream, etc.  However, Charlotte is supposed to be just another way of saying in the old Chaucer (1300’s) English “charlyt” which means a dish of custard. I liberally take it to mean a dish that has a somewhat custard consistency which the bread herewith may sort of give to this dish.  No matter what, it’s one that my guests at my past bed and breakfast always enjoyed and I think that you will too. It also is versatile in that you can be imaginative and substitute some of the ingredients for others so as to result in different flavors.

Ingredients:

8 Slices of White Sourdough Bread

1/2 Cube Butter— Melted

1/2 C. Dry White Wine or Dry Vermouth

1/2 Lb. Grated Cheddar Cheese (or Jack or a combo of both if you prefer)

2 C. Milk

4 Slightly Beaten Eggs

1 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

½ Tsp. Horseradish Mustard

A Sprinkle of Fine Herb Seasonings

Bacon Bits, Ham Bits, chopped sautéed veggies, mushrooms, whatever you wish

Instructions:

1. Non-stick spray a 10” or a bit smaller round Pyrex dish or some pretty baking dish that you have about that size.

2. Brush melted butter on the bread slices and cut into small cubes.

3. Put half of the bread cubes in the dish.

4. Put half of the cheese on the first layer of bread cubes and sprinkle with half of the wine.

5. Put the other half of the bread cubes on top the bottom layer and finish with the second half of the cheese and wine.

6. Mix rest of the ingredients and pour over all.

7. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour at least or at the most 24 hours.

8. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes or until puffy and brown.

(I usually let the dish warm up a bit after the refrigeration and before putting in

     the oven. )  

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Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake

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cherry granola & freezer cookies 003Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake In Honor of President Washington

 In 1880, it was legislated by Congress that February 22, President Washington’s birthday, would be the day to celebrate democracy and freedom in the USA. Today is February 22 so that brings to my mind the story about George and the cherry tree. As we all have heard, when he was a wee lad of 6 he loved to play with hatchets (can you imagine that?) and supposedly hacked and destroyed a cherry tree that was very precious to his father.  When his father asked little Georgie about that, of course honest George could not tell a lie. Some debate whether this is a true tale or not, however it still makes me thing about cherries. I guess that’s the way my mind works. Anyway, if you have a liking for granola or oatmeal kinds of breakfasts or treats, here’s a quick and easy dish with cherries that will give you lots of energy for our wonderful outdoor activities

Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake

1 Egg

¼ Cup Sugar

1 ½ Cups Milk

4 Tbs. Melted Butter

1 Cup Cherries (I used part of a can of cherry pie filling/topping.)

3 Cups Granola (I used almond & vanilla granola from a bin)

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9 inch round or square baking pan or I used my 9 ½ X 7 ½ oval pyrex dish with non-stick spray and if you want to invert this dish like a cake, put a little flour on the bottom and invert when cool.

Beat together the egg, sugar, milk, and melted butter.

Stir cherries and granola in your baking dish along with the batter.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until set. (when a knife or toothpick comes out clean)

You can dust the top with powder sugar and add more fruit for additional color

You can serve it immediately with maple or fruit syrup.

You can heat it later in the day and serve it with ice cream.

You can also substitute the cherries for other fruits.

Have it the next morn, sliced and cold, with a good cup of coffee or tea. That’s actually my favorite way.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share. For comments, questions, and ideas please feel free to email her:margot6@mindspring.com.

 

 

Scalloped Yams and Parsnips

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Scalloped Yams and Parsnips

Serves about 10-12

No one will guess what the middle layers (parsnips) are.  This is really a delicious dish full of good nutrients and though tasting very rich, is really quite light on the belly.  This is a perfect dish to accompany your plentiful Thanksgiving fare. It’s also an overnight dish so that makes it a bit easier for the cook making the big day fixings on Thanksgiving Day.

3 ½ lbs. yams

1 ½ lbs. parsnips

1 orange

1/3 C. brown sugar divided in 2 parts

4 oz. (1 cube)  unsalted butter divided in 2 parts

2 tsp. grated nutmeg

S&P

2 C. boiling water

2 Tblsp. honey

Pam spray 9 X 12 baking dish or 10” round pyrex

Preheat oven to 400

  1. Peel yams and parsnips and slice in ¼ inch thick slices. Roughly divide the yams in 3 parts and the parsnips in 2 parts to make layering easy.
  2. Zest 1 orange and after juice it. Then take the remainder of  the orange and place in a blender with a splash of water if necessary. Blend on liquidize and use half or more for this dish.
  3. Put in a dish the orange zest; put in a dish the pulverized pulp;  put  ½ of the brown sugar and the 2 oz. (1/2 a cube) of the sweet butter in a microwave dish, micro a minute or so  and then put in the nutmeg, and S&P to taste. These ingredients will be sprinkled over your five layers.
  4. Make 3 layers of yams with 2 layers of parsnips in between sprinkling on each layer the mixture ingredients listed in #3.
  5. Mix together orange juice, some more pulverized pulp if any is left, and the 2 C. of boiling water and pour over yams and parsnips. If you wish you can add 1 heaping Tblsp. of honey to this mixture.
  6. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake in the upper third of a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake 20 minutes more.
  7.  Put in frig. overnight.
  8. The next day remove dish from frig. and heat in microwave the other ½ of the brown sugar, 2 Tblsp. honey, and the other 2 oz (1/2 a cube). of butter and pour over top of dish.
  9.  Let dish get to room temp and place in a 375 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or when more of the liquid is absorbed and the top is brown.  To decorate even more, you can sprinkle a bit of cranberry sauce on top.

Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast With Orange Compote

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MASCARPONE-STUFFED FRENCH TOAST WITH ORANGE COMPOTE

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: 6 to 9

Note: Adapted from the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. This recipe requires a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter.

Orange compote

3 (10.5 ounce) cans mandarin oranges packed in juice

2 3/4 cups orange juice, divided, more as needed

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1. Drain the canned mandarin oranges, reserving the juice; you should have 1 1/2 cups reserved juice (if you are short, make up the difference with additional orange juice).

2. In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the canned oranges, reserved mandarin juice, 2 1/2 cups orange juice, ginger and sugar over high heat.

3. Bring the mixture to a strong simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the compote is reduced to sauce consistency, about 40 minutes. As the compote reduces, the color will deepen to a rich apricot shade.

4. When the compote is almost reduced, in a small bowl combine the remaining one-fourth cup orange juice with the cornstarch, whisking to thoroughly combine and form a slurry.

5. Add the slurry into the reduced compote, stirring until the compote thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. This makes about 11/2 cups compote. You might not use all of the compote for the remainder of the recipe; to store, cool the compote then cover and refrigerate until needed. The compote will keep for about a week, refrigerated. Gently warm in a saucepan before serving.

FRENCH TOAST AND ASSEMBLY

About 2 loaves white sandwich bread (you will need 36 slices, enough for 18 sandwiches)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (about 10 ounces) mascarpone cheese

6 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

Canola oil for frying

Orange compote, warmed

1. Cut the bread: Use a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to cut through the center of each slice to form a round. Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone over each of half of the rounds, then cover with a remaining round of bread. Repeat, forming 18 sandwiches.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar to form a batter.

3. Heat a large flat skillet over medium heat. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil to the pan (enough to form a thin film), heating until the oil is hot.

4. Dunk a sandwich quickly into the batter, coating on all sides. Place the sandwich in the skillet and fry until golden and crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

5. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches until all are fried, holding the fried sandwiches in a warm place.

6. To serve, place 3 warm sandwiches on each plate, topping with a spoonful of compote. Serve immediately.

Each of 9 servings: 538 calories; 13 grams protein; 54 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 31 grams fat; 15 grams saturated fat; 212 mg. cholesterol; 29 grams sugar; 425 mg. sodium.

 

MASCARPONE-STUFFED FRENCH TOAST WITH ORANGE COMPOTE

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: 6 to 9

Note: Adapted from the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. This recipe requires a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter.

Orange compote

3 (10.5 ounce) cans mandarin oranges packed in juice

2 3/4 cups orange juice, divided, more as needed

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1. Drain the canned mandarin oranges, reserving the juice; you should have 1 1/2 cups reserved juice (if you are short, make up the difference with additional orange juice).

2. In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the canned oranges, reserved mandarin juice, 2 1/2 cups orange juice, ginger and sugar over high heat.

3. Bring the mixture to a strong simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the compote is reduced to sauce consistency, about 40 minutes. As the compote reduces, the color will deepen to a rich apricot shade.

4. When the compote is almost reduced, in a small bowl combine the remaining one-fourth cup orange juice with the cornstarch, whisking to thoroughly combine and form a slurry.

5. Add the slurry into the reduced compote, stirring until the compote thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. This makes about 11/2 cups compote. You might not use all of the compote for the remainder of the recipe; to store, cool the compote then cover and refrigerate until needed. The compote will keep for about a week, refrigerated. Gently warm in a saucepan before serving.

FRENCH TOAST AND ASSEMBLY

About 2 loaves white sandwich bread (you will need 36 slices, enough for 18 sandwiches)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (about 10 ounces) mascarpone cheese

6 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

Canola oil for frying

Orange compote, warmed

1. Cut the bread: Use a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to cut through the center of each slice to form a round. Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone over each of half of the rounds, then cover with a remaining round of bread. Repeat, forming 18 sandwiches.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar to form a batter.

3. Heat a large flat skillet over medium heat. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil to the pan (enough to form a thin film), heating until the oil is hot.

4. Dunk a sandwich quickly into the batter, coating on all sides. Place the sandwich in the skillet and fry until golden and crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side.

5. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches until all are fried, holding the fried sandwiches in a warm place.

6. To serve, place 3 warm sandwiches on each plate, topping with a spoonful of compote. Serve immediately.

Each of 9 servings: 538 calories; 13 grams protein; 54 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 31 grams fat; 15 grams saturated fat; 212 mg. cholesterol; 29 grams sugar; 425 mg. sodium.

 

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

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A Recipe……………from my table to yours

And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.

— William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor’s Lost”

 

Having good yummy smells coming from the kitchen is always a delight at any time of the year, however, during holiday times, because everyone’s senses seem keener with the anticipation of good things to arrive, this is just a perfect recipe to make. I have found that the easiest thing to do with this type of recipe is to put all of your spices out on one side of your mixing bowl and as soon as you have added it, to place the spice on the other side.  That way there won’t be any confusion.  I also use the ¼ sized measuring teaspoon for all of the spices and for the salt and soda.  So, for instance, for the 1 teaspoon of ginger, I used 4 of the ¼ teaspoons.  For me that is the simplest way, but do whatever is best for you.

 

As a side note, an early form of gingerbread can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used it for ceremonial purposes.  It appeared in Europe with the 11th-century crusaders who brought the spice back from the Middle East for the well to do to experiment with.  Gingerbread became so popular in Europe that there were even gingerbread fairs.

 

Gingerbread Pudding Cake (a breakfast delight!)

8 servings

Step One

1 ¼ C. flour

1 tsp. ground ginger

¾ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground allspice

¼  tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. salt

Step Two

¼ C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.

¼ C. sugar

 

2 Tblsp. beaten egg (from 1 egg)

 

½ C. light molasses

½ C. water

 

¾  C. brown sugar

 

 

Step Three

1 ½ C. hot water

5 Tblsp. unsalted butter, melted

 

SERVE WITH

Whipped Cream or Yogurt

Pre-directions

*Preheat oven to 350.

*Butter 8 X 8 X 2 inch inch glass baking dish

Step 1

*Whisk flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and soda in medium bowl.

Step 2

*Using electric mixer, beat the ¼ C. room temp. butter and the ¼ C. sugar in a large bowl until blended.

* Beat in the 2 Tblsp. egg.

*Stir the ½ C. molasses and the ½ C. water in 1-cup glass measuring cup.

*Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 additions alternately with molasses mixture, beating to blend between additions.

*Transfer to prepared dish.

*Sprinkle the ¾ C. brown sugar over all.

Step 3

*Stir the 1 ½ C. hot water and 5 tblsp. melted butter in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.

*Carefully pour over top of batter (there will be lots of liquid on top of cake).

Baking directions

*Bake until gingerbread is cracked on top and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Serving hints

*Scoop warm pudding cake into shallow bowls.

*Serve with whipped cream or yogurt.

 

(It may be a bit tedious to make, but it’s worth it as you will see.) 

 

Bon Appetit

Margot Van Horn

http://www.inn-ovation.info

inn-ovation@earthlink.net

 

Panettone Bread Pudding

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Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce

Serves 8 to 10 serving

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Now, run out and get that panettone so that you can make this for your special New Year Day breakfast or brunch.  Don’t start the year out counting the calories—give yourself the first day of the year permission to make this delectable dish for you and everyone else to enjoy.  Then go on your diet.  Happy, Joyous and Healthy New Year to one and all.

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound loaf panettone bread,( crusts trimmed if you wish however I don’t do that), bread cut into 1-inch cubes.
  2. 8 eggs
  3. 1 ½ C. whipping cream
  4. 2 ½ C. whole milk
  5. 1 ¼ C. sugar

Directions for Bread Pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly butter a 13X9X2-inch baking dish
  3. Arrange the bread cubes in the prepared dish
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk and sugar to blend.
  5. Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and press the bread cubes gently to submerge.
  6. Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  8. After 2 or more hours, remove dish from frig. and bring up to room temp.
  9. Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center, about 45 minutes. (Remember we are at altitude so possibly a bit longer.) Cool slightly.

Ingredients for Amaretto Sauce:

  1. ½ cup whipping cream
  2. ½ cup whole milk
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. ¼ cup amaretto or some sort of coffee liqueur
  5. 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions for the Amaretto sauce:

  1. Bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a boil in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat, STIRRING FREQUENTLY.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the amaretto and cornstarch to blend and then whisk into the cream mixture.
  3. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, about 2 minutes.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.
  5.  This sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate and re-warm before serving.

End result:

Spoon the bread pudding into bowls, drizzle with the warm amaretto sauce, serve, and don’t plan for any left-overs.

Bon Appetit

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French Toast a la Creme Brule or for a sweeter version, keep on reading for the Apple Stuffed French Toast Dripping in Caramel Sauce

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Creme Brule French Toast

(6 servings)


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 C packed brown sugar
2 TBLS. corn syrup
6 thick slices of unsliced Challa or Italian Bread Loaf(The challa doesn’t soak up as much of the liquid–but some guests like the moister Italian Bread Loaf)
5 large eggs
1 1/2 C. half-and-half
1 TSP. vanilla
1 TSP. Grand Marnier or some other orange liquor
1/4 TSP. salt
Chopped Pecans to place on bottom of pan (optional)

1.     In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar and corn syrup(can be the dark or light kind) over moderate heat, stirring until smoothe. 

2.     Pour into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam and if you wish, add either whole or crushed pecans.  Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish on top of brown sugar/butter/pecan mixture, squeezing the slices slightly to fit.

3.     In a bowl or blender, whisk/beat together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until well combined.  Pour evenly over bread. 

4.      Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours ahead and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 350 F, and bring bread mixture to room temp.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven till puffed and edges are pale golden–about 35 to 40 minutes. If the top of the bread at the end is not brown enough for your taste, turn on the broiler for a couple of seconds–but watch CAREFULLY because the browning can go faster than you think.)

Sprinkle with powered sugar and serve immediately with cut fresh fruit, preserves, and/or maple syrup on the side.

Bon Appetit,

Margot Van Horn Owner/Innkeeper

 

 

May 15, 2012     Apple Stuffed French Toast Dripping in Caramel Sauce

In reading the latest PAII email newsletter, Jeanne Sager, who writes for the Stir, offered this variation on the above.  It definitely sounds very much sweeter, but for those with that intense sweet tooth to satisfy here it is:

Use the same recipe as above only instead of 6 thick slices of Challa or Brioche, cut the slices in 12 1/2 inch pieces.

You’ll also need 1 C. chopped pecans and 2 tart apples, peeled, and sliced thinly

Instead of 5 eggs, you’ll need 6 eggs

Instead 1 C. half & half, it calls for one & half C. milk

In the egg, milk mixture, add 1 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon, 1 Tsp. vanila, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and some salt to taste

Put the melted butter, brown sugar, & corn syrup in your 13 X 9 inch oven dish; place 1/2 of the bread in it; place the pecans and sliced apples on top; then place the second layer of bread. Pour the egg/milk mixture over all; refrigerate overnight and cook in 35o oven 35 to 40 minutes.

There’s a Caramel Sauce to pour on top:

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/4 C. cubed butter

1 Tblsp corn syrup

Cook these ingredients in a small pan until smooth and bubbly.  Use to pour over the French Toast.

Bacon and Hard Boiled Egg Casserole

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Bacon and Hard Boiled Egg Casserole

Basic recipe will serve 12 – 18

(OMG this is DELICIOUS!!!!)

Now that Easter has come and gone, what to do with all of those hard boiled eggs?  Well, here’s some good info to be had about Easter hard boiled eggs and a wonderful recipe as well.

1.        How long do eggs last? The Public Health Web Site says that raw eggs can be kept in the refrigerator for 4-5 weeks after purchase and that refrigerated hard-boiled eggs should be eaten within 7 days.

2.        In regards to the colored Easter eggs, you should be sure before using them that the dye was food-safe; that the eggs were not hidden in a contaminated area and that they are not cracked to have allowed in bacteria.

3.        The eggs should not have been left out in a warm temperature too long.  They really need to be refrigerated.

4.        The Public Health Dept.suggests coloring the hard boiled eggs and then refrigerating them.  For the hidden eggs, they recommend the plastic kinds.

This casserole’s basic recipe features 18 eggs so as you can imagine, it will feed quite a few people. It’s nice to serve at a brunch party; and you can easily divide the basic recipe in amounts for however many portions you wish to serve.  For myself, instead of using one large baking dish, I reduce the recipe amounts and  use several ramekins. I serve this dish often with an artichoke to share,

oven roasted asparagus or a green salad along with some fresh fruit and of course, a lovely glass of fruity white wine.  Also nice to have with this recipe are some warm buttered corn tortillas or home made polenta.

Bacon and Hard Boiled Egg Casserole

                                                  Preheat Oven to 350

Non-Stick Spray a 9 X 13 Dish o r multiple  ramekins if you decide to use those instead of one large dish

18  Hard Boiled Refrigerated Eggs

1/2 ( 8 oz.) Pint Sour Cream

1 lb. Bacon

1 ½ Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese

3 Tblsp. Butter

3 Tblsp. Flour

2 Cup Milk

Salt & Pepper

1.        If you need to hard boil eggs, one of the easiest ways to do that is to put cold eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add enough cold tap water to come at least one inch over the eggs; cover and quickly bring to a hard boil; turn off heat and keep eggs covered for 15-20 minutes; then immediately run cold water over eggs and refrigerate in a dry container. To test if the egg is done, twirl it around on the counter top and if it spins freely, it’s done.

2.        Make a white sauce from the butter, flour and milk. (In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat melt the butter until the foam begins to subside; turn heat to low and with a wire whisk, stir in the flour for about 1-2 minutes; keeping the heat low, stir in the milk, a little bit at a time, still using the whisk until the mixture is nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Don’t let it get brown, otherwise you will have brown sauce.  You can keep the sauce warm over gently simmering water for an hour or so, stirring occasionally.)

3.        Fry the bacon and crumble.

4.        From the hard boiled eggs, remove the yolks and mix the yolks with the sour cream and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese and S&P.

5.        Slice the egg whites and line the bottom of the dish with them.

6.        Pour the yolk mixture over the egg whites.

7.        Pour the white sauce over all.

8.        Top with remainder 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and place the crumbled bacon as your last topping.

9.        Bake 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated 350 degree oven.

For variations, try adding a little mustard or horse raddish in the sour cream; and for toppings you can substitute for the bacon bits some chopped ham or chipped beef. I haven’t tried it with a different kind of sauce, however, I suppose instead of white sauce you could use an Hollandaise or another of your favorites. It’s a fun dish to use your imagination.  If you decide to use the ramekins, you only need to bake them at 350 for 20 minutes on top of a cookie sheet.

Thank you Dianne, friend & VSI past guest, for the basic and inspiration.

 

 Are you a frustrated, overworked or timid cook? Call Margot for help @ 721-3551

& please feel free to email her @ margot6@mindspring.com for comments or ideas

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

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Margot’s Famous Finnish Pancake-A Inn-Keepers Easy Delight & one that Inn guests LOVE!!

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Finnish Pancakes (Pannukakku)

(An easy overnight dish to create for a festive brunch)

 

  • 5 Jumbo Eggs
  • 1 C. Milk
  • ¼ C. Orange Juice
  • ½ C Sugar
  • 1 C Flour
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • ½ C. Sweet Butter (1 cube)
  • Powder Sugar (for dusting when baked)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Total cooking time 30 minutes

Serves 4 to 6

  • Place all ingredients the day before cooking, except the butter and powder sugar, in a blender
  • Process until well blended
  • Keep blender with mixture in refrigerator overnight so that the ingredients can meld well.
  • Next morning, preheat oven.  Take the blender out of refrigerator so that the batter will warm up a bit. Right before pouring the batter into the pyrex dish, process once again until blended.
  • Place butter in a 9 X 13 X 2 pyrex dish and place dish in 450 degree oven until butter sizzles, but is not brown(this will take about 10 minutes)
  • Pour re-processed batter into pyrex dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until puffed and brown.  The edges will be higher than the rest and will be brown most likely.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powder sugar.
  • Serve immediately (It will fall quickly, but don’t fear, because it’ll still be delicious.)
  • Variations include putting some orange zest in batter; substituting orange juice with lemon juice and/or zest.
  • It’s sweet enough to eat without syrup; however, fresh fruit like strawberries, peaches, etc. are delicious placed on top.
  • It freezes well and can be reheated in a micro-wave.  It’s even good cold.
  • You can make the batter the same morning, but I really feel its best when left in the refrigerator over night.

ENJOY!!!

Margot