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Cheesy Egg Scramble

August 2, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Cheesy Egg Scramble

Guests often want to know what we, the Innkeepers, have for breakfast.   Often we are so busy that we skip breakfast (I know, the HORROR!) and have an early lunch.  On those rare days that we have a little spare time, or when family comes to visit, we like to whip up some Cheesy Eggs.  Who doesn’t like eggs with cheese – cheese makes everything better!   But these aren’t your typical boring scrambled eggs with a little cheese sprinkled on them.  These are infused with cheesy goodness, and with only a few ingredients, are super easy to prepare.  It also looks like it took a lot of effort to prepare, so you score extra points with your company.   We have one or two ‘secret weapons’ that take this dish from good to amazing

 

whisking your eggs

 

Start by whisking your eggs, add a little pepper to taste.  (Skip the salt, you won’t need it.  No seriously, put it down, you won’t need it)

Eggs

 

Add a little bit of herbs.  We used parsley and chives, because that is what I grow and had them handy.  You can add any kind of herbs, or not add any at all.  These are your eggs,  make them how you like.

sour cream

This is our first secret ingredient- sour cream.  What……yep, that’s right.  Skip the milk and add sour cream to your eggs.  This makes them super light and fluffy.  Just whisk them enough to break up and incorporate the sour cream, you should still see little bits floating around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the main secret weapon – Palmetto Cheese!  I can see all of our Southern guests out there going ‘yes, mam’ and all of the Northern ones wondering ‘what the heck is Palmetto Cheese’     We found this amazing cheese when we were stationed in Alabama.   It’s a rich, creamy spread with pieces of cheddar cheese, onion, pimentos and cream cheese.  (It’s so good, a lot of people just use it to make a sandwich)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put 2 TBS of spread in a non stick pan and stir it once or twice until it starts to melt.  Add in you egg mixture and continue to fold until well cooked.  When finished, sprinkle with some chopped chives and a little parsley.  Serve with toast and sliced tomatoes.  DELISH!

Cheesy Egg Scramble

Serves 2-4

4 Eggs
Pepper to taste
2 TBS Sour Cream
2 TBS Palmetto Cheese
Choice of Herbs (optional)

See told you it was just a few things!

Need to serve a crowd?  My rule of thumb is  2 Eggs per person and  1 TBS Sour Cream and 1 TBS of Palmetto Cheese per person.  You can add more or less for your personal taste.

Download Our Cheesy Egg Scramble Recipe

Dutch Puff Pancake

April 28, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Apple Raisin Dutch Pancake with fresh scrapple

Dutch Puff Pancake  – Servings: 2-4

If you are looking for an easy way to impress people with your cooking skills (when you have none!) this is the recipe for you.  This thick, puffy pancake makes such an impression that it is often greeted by ‘ooh’ and ‘wow’ when presented to  guests.  It’s such a versatile dish that with just a few tweaks it can be sweet or savory and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.

Basic Recipe (serves four)

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp fine salt
4 Tbs butter
4 Tbs sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract

1 large skillet or two 8 inch skillets

Instructions:

Blend the batter: Place the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and then blend for another 10 seconds. The batter will be quite thin and loose.

Rest the batter: Leave the batter in the blender and set aside to rest 20 to 25 minutes. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid. You will be tempted to swirl it around or stir it – don’t!

Heat the pan and oven:  Heat the oven to 425°F and place the skillet you’re using on a middle rack to warm up with the oven.  You might want to take the top rack out now in case it gets extra puffy.

Melt the butter: When you’re ready to make the pancake, remove the skillet from the oven (using oven mitts), add the butter and swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan.  (It will seem like too much butter, trust us, it’s not!)

Add the batter: Pour the batter on top of the butter.  Place the skillet back on the middle rack in the oven.

 

Puff pancake out of the oven

Blackberry syrup

Bake the Dutch baby: Bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve while hot: You can either serve from the pan or transfer the Dutch baby to a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar.

See additional serving suggestions below.

 

 

For breakfast : Cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup or jam . Serve with sausage patties or links, and a twisted orange slice

For brunch:  Add a sharp shredded cheese to the batter and place diced ham in the pan before adding batter.

For dessert:  Cut into wedges, add a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with hot caramel or chocolate sauce.

Fruit* or Meat filled Dutch baby: Arrange fruits like blueberries or raspberries or place diced ham or crumbled bacon over the bottom of the skillet and then pour the batter over top. (Scattering fruit/meat on top of the batter will keep it from rising as impressively.)

*Fresh or Canned Fruits can be added to the pancake in the center after baking is complete, either prior to or just after cutting into wedges.

Dutch Puff Pancake Recipe

Apple Cider Scones

November 3, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

Our favorite time of year at the Inn is Fall.  Not only are the leaves changing colors but the cooler temperatures bring out some of our favorite recipes.  One of those fall favorites is our Apple Cider Scones.  The best part is they are made with apples and cider from a local cidery – Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Burkittsville.

 

Apple Cider Scones  – serves 8

Apple Cider Scones

You will need:

6 TB butter (3/4 stick)
1/8 C buttermilk
6 TB of apple cider
1 bag of Original or Oatmeal Recipe mix
1/4 C  raisins or dried apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cinnamon Butter
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 – 2/3 C powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Place 1/2 tsp vanilla in measuring cup. Add 6 TBs of apple cider and enough buttermilk to equal 1/2 C. Keep chilled until ready for use.

Pour contents of bag into mixing bowl.  Add 1/2 tsp of  cinnamon. Cut in 6T chilled butter until mixture is fine and crumbly.

Add raisins or dried apples (diced) to mixture and stir to distribute.

Stir in buttermilk/cider blend. Dough will form a soft ball. Turn dough out onto floured board, and turn gently 3-4 times to lightly coat the ball with flour. (If needed, 1 – 2 TB of extra buttermilk may be added to obtain proper dough consistency.)

Pat out the ball of dough into a flattened circle, 6-7” in diameter, approximately 3/4- 1” thick.

Using a sharp knife, cut circle into eighths.

At this point you may freeze the dough to be used later.

Place scones on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 13-18 minutes (time will vary with scone size). Top should be light golden brown when done.

As the scones are baking prepare your cinnamon butter.  Combined 1/2 C butter, 1/2C powdered sugar. Then add 1 tsp cinnamon.  Add more powdered sugar if needed to taste.  Chill in refrigerator.

Lightly powder scones and serve warm with a to small scoop of cinnamon butter.

Tips:
– Butter should be really cold, the colder the better
– Treat scones like biscuits, the less you play with them the better
– Place cut scones on parchment/wax paper and freeze, then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. This allows you to remove and bake only what you need.
– Bake from frozen, no need to thaw

(Recipe adopted from our friends at Victorian House Scones)

Download our Apple Cider Scone Recipe

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches

August 1, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

Peaches on our tree

August is National Peach Month.  That’s right, peaches are so fabulous that they get to have their very own month!

Peaches are so popular in our area that the Annual Leitersburg Peach Festival  is held every August.  Not only can you get your fill of fresh, local peaches, there are craft vendors, demonstrations, music, a tractor show and of course the crowning of the Peach Princess.

We are so lucky that we have two mature peach trees in our garden.  The good news is that they did great this year and the bad news is that they did great this year.   It seemed like everyday we were picking peaches, and now what do you do with all those peaches??   Peach pie, peach cobbler, peach cakes… those are all delicious but not necessarily for breakfast.  (Well….not GUEST breakfast!)

Peach Chai Scones

Of course we used the peaches to make a few different types of scones and we did a few peach tarts, and just cut up some fresh.  Naturally I made some jam, (actually lots of jam, 30 pints to be exact) but I really wanted to try something different for our returning guests.  So I racked my brain and scoured good ole Google and after a few trials and errors I created a chilled peach soup!  It is amazing and so easy to make, I feel like that mom from the old rice krispies commercials.  (You know, where you throw some flour on your face like you’ve been working for hours but were really just watching HGTV/Food Network)  I’ll post the recipe below – it really is simple!

 

 

Chilled Peach Soup

Serves 4-6

2 Lg Peaches – peaches and sliced/diced

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup of peach juice*

1 T honey/sugar (to taste)

* substitute orange juice if you can’t find peach

Add all of the above to a blender and puree until smooth.  Chill in fridge for at least an hour and can be made the night before.   I made a raspberry coulis for in ours but you could just garnish it with a raspberry, mint spring or slices of peach.

ENJOY!

Chilled Peach Soup Recipe

Eggs Rohrbach

April 5, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

Eggs Rohrbach at the Inn

“Eggs Rohrbach”

One of our favorite signature dishes is our “Eggs Rohrbach”.  It has all the same yummy ingredients of traditional Eggs Benedict but is simple to make.  It’s SO easy that even Chris can make it.

Serves 4

 

 

You will need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 4 Slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 English muffins
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)
  • Salt / pepper to taste

 

Eggs Rohrbach out of the oven

Ramekins fresh out of the oven

First, spray four ramekins with some nonstick spray.   Then slice and cube two English muffins into approximately ½” size cubes.

Now place a slice of Canadian bacon centered in each ramekin and  sprinkle with a small amount of cheese.  Place some cubed muffin on top of the cheese and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of muffin.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk and seasoning together and gently pour over muffin.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, pull out the ramekins about 30 minutes prior to baking.  Preheat your oven to 350°F and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, until set.

Just before the eggs are done go ahead and start whipping together your favorite Hollandaise Sauce.  We have an easy recipe for that too, but that’s a secret… just kidding tune in for another blog in the future.

When done, run a knife around the edge, invert onto plate.  Top with Hollandaise and garnish with chopped parsley or chives.  Serve with some fresh herb tomatoes and a side of our Apple Maple sausage.  Enjoy!

Eggs Benedict with a twist

Breakfast is served.

Eggs Rohrbach Recipe

Tips:

–  Can be made the same day, just allow enough time for the muffin to soak up the egg mixture.

–  No ramekins? No problem!  Use a jumbo muffin tin.

–  Once inverted onto plate, keep ramekin on until ready to top with Hollandaise Sauce.

 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

October 10, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Whether serving a full house or just a few guests, our Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are always a big hit.  They are a little more involved than your traditional pancakes, but oh, SO worth the extra effort!

Serves 10 – (makes 2 pancakes each)

 

 

 

You will need:

Ingredients all ready to go

2 cups ricotta
2 cups sour cream
6 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 dash salt
2 Tbs white sugar
4 Tbs lemon juice
4 tsp grated lemon zest
oil
Fresh blueberries – 2 cups (optional)*

 

Beat together ricotta, sour cream, and egg yolks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat egg whites until stiff

Combine baking soda, flour, salt, and sugar.

Beat egg whites until fairly stiff but not dry

Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat while you finish batter.

Stir flour mixture into cheese mixture, blending well but not beating.

 

 

 

 

Stir lemon juice and zest

gently fold in beaten egg whites

 

Add blueberries.

Stir in lemon juice and zest, then gently fold in beaten egg whites; they should remain somewhat visible in batter.

 

 

 

 

Wait for it… now flip’em

Perfect! Nice and brown.

Grease griddle or skillet with butter, oil or spray to coat surface.

When it is hot add batter, we use 1/4 cup per, making sure to include some egg white in each pancake.

Cook until lightly browned on bottom, 3-5 minutes, then turn and cook second side.

 

 

Serve with warm maple syrup, top with whip cream or try some of our homemade Blueberry Sauce

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Tips:

– * Can use frozen berries- thaw slightly but do not rinse
– When adding dry mix into the wet ingredients do not overmix
– Gently fold the egg whites into the batter
– Be sure to test to see if the griddle is hot enough by sprinkling a couple of drops of cold water on it: If the water bounces and sputters, it is ready to use.

 

 

Apple Maple Sausage Patties

May 1, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Sizzling brown sausage patties!

One of our signature accompaniments for breakfast at the Inn is our Apple Maple Sausage Patties.  This delicious side compliments any sweet or savory dish that we serve.  Guests rave about the flavor and request them on return visits.  This is an easy recipe that will quickly become a family favorite!

Serves 10 – (makes 20 patties)

You will need:

2 pounds of ground lean sausage*
1 tsp fine salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp ground sage, dried
3 Tbs organic maple syrup
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and shredded*

 

Ingredients ready.

Heat the oven to 425°F. Cover a cookie sheet with foil.

Peel, core, and grate one large apple.

In a large mixing bowl combine two pounds of ground sausage, grated apple, salt, pepper, sage and syrup.

Using clean hands, or a large spoon, mix well to incorporate.

A patty press is the best!

We use a ¼ cup measuring cup to get the right amount of sausage to place in our two-patty sausage press.  If you don’t have a sausage press, don’t worry just roll into balls and then you can pat them into small patties – not too big, not too small.  Place sausage patties evenly across sheet.

Bake sausage for 15 minutes.  Flip patties over and bake another 5 – 10 minutes until golden brown.

You can serve with any main entree but we like to serve them with our Oven Omelets or Baked French Toast

*We use tart apples from Distillery Lane Ciderworks but a nice Granny Smith works well.  We also purchase our ground sausage from Crestview Meats in Martinsburg.  Just make sure you use lean, quality meat, this is not the time to try to save a few cents.  Trust us, it makes a difference!

Perfect round patties ready to go in the freezer.

Tips:
– Place sausage patties on parchment/wax paper and freeze, then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. This allows you to remove and bake only what you need.
– Pull out sausages the night before and place in refrigerator.
– We bake the patties instead of frying; this allows the meat to bake in the naturally blended juices of the meat, apple and maple syrup.

Sweetheart Scones for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

February is for lovers at the Inn and this month we are serving our Sweetheart Scones.  Whether you’re here to celebrate Valentine’s Day or another special occasion you can take home a bag of our original scone mix to make these yummy scones at home.

Sweetheart Scone for Valentine's Day

Sweetheart Scone

Sweetheart Scones  – serves 8

You will need:
6 TB butter (3/4 stick)
1/2 C buttermilk
1 bag of Original Recipe mix
1/4-1/3 C mini chocolate chips
1/4-1/3 C chopped dried cherries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Vanilla Glaze
2 T half and half or cream
1 C powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla

Place 1/2 tsp vanilla in measuring cup. Add enough buttermilk to equal 1/2 C. Keep chilled until ready for use.

Pour contents of bag into mixing bowl.  Cut in 6T chilled butter until mixture is fine and crumbly.  Add chocolate chips and cherries to mixture and stir to distribute.

Stir in buttermilk/vanilla blend. Dough will form a soft ball. Turn dough out onto floured board,
and turn gently 3-4 times to lightly coat the ball with flour. (If needed, 1 – 2 TB of extra buttermilk
may be added to obtain proper dough consistency.)

Pat out the ball of dough into a flattened circle, 6-7” in diameter, approximately 3/4- 1” thick.

Using a sharp knife, cut circle into eighths.

At this point you may freeze the dough to be used later.

Place scones on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 13-18 minutes (time will vary with scone size). Top should be light golden brown when done.

As the scones are baking prepare your glaze.  Combined 2 TB half and half or cream with 1 C powdered sugar. Then add 1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla to taste.  Allow scones to cool before brushing on or drizzling glaze over the scones.

Tips:
– Butter should be really cold, the colder the better
– Treat scones like biscuits, the less you play with them the better
– Place cut scones on parchment/wax paper and freeze, then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. This allows you to remove and bake only what you need.
– Bake from frozen, no need to thaw

(Recipe adopted from our friends at Victorian House Scones)

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