Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monte Cristo French Toast Recipe from Prescott Pines Inn

Our Monte Cristo french toast recipe was adapted from The Art of Breakfast by Dana Moos and is much more than a fried ham and cheese sandwich! We use challah stuffed with thinly sliced smoked ham, slices of Bosc pear and Havarti cheese, fry it, bake it and then top it with Maine maple syrup and raspberry preserves. This breakfast recipe satisfies guests with a sweet or savory preference.

The original Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. It is a variation of the French croque-monsieur which is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. The croque-monsieur (“to crunch”–“mister”) first recorded appearance was on a Parisian café menu in 1910. Both the Monte Cristo and the croque-monsieur typically used Emmental or Gruyere cheese.

Directions for 4 servings:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup half & half
  • ¼ cup sweet brown mustard
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Maine maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices of challah or other thick-cut egg bread
  • 16 slices of thinly slices smoked ham
  • 8 slices of Havarti (or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 ripe but firm Bosc pear, sliced
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish
  • Raspberry preserves, for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix the eggs, half & half, sweet mustard, 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup, and salt in blender for 5 seconds and pour into a wide bowl for dipping. 
  3. Layer four slices of the bread with cheese, ham, sliced pear, and another layer of cheese, then top with the remaining 4 slices of bread. Cut in half. Dip the sandwich halves into the egg mixture and fry on a griddle over medium heat until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Move the sandwiches to a parchment-lined cookie sheet when done. Cover with aluminum foil and place the cookie sheet in oven for 20 minutes, uncovering after 15, until completely heated through. 
  4. Serve the two halves on a plate with sprinkled powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, maple syrup, and raspberry preserves. Sometimes we add diced kiwi for color and a light acidic bite.

View photos of some of Dawn's other breakfast creations.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dutch Baby Recipe from Prescott Pines Inn

A Dutch Baby is a sweet pancake or crepe that is made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk, and is typically baked in a cast iron pan. It is generally served with butter, fruit toppings, fresh squeezed lemon, powdered sugar, or syrup. This dish is beautiful when presented.

According to Creative Culinary and Sunset magazine, the Dutch Baby name was coined in a family-run restaurant in Seattle called Manca’s Café. The Café was owned by Victor Manca from about 1900 to the 1950s. A Manca descendant wrote that the name was coined because Victor’s daughter could not pronounce ‘Deutsch,’ the German word for German; and out of her mouth came Dutch and the deed was done! Whether Dutch or Deutsch, this pancake looks and tastes wonderful.

Here is the Dutch Baby recipe that we use at the Prescott Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast:

2 Tablespoons of butter to be melted in each pan.

2 Babies 4 Babies 6 Babies
3 large eggs
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon sugar
½ Cup flour
Divide between 2 pans
6 large eggs
1 ½ cup milk
1 t. vanilla
¼ t. salt
4 T. sugar
1 Cup flour
Divide between 4 pans
9 large eggs
2 ¼ cup milk
1 ½ t. vanilla
3/8 t. salt
6 T. sugar
1 ½ Cup flour
Divide between 6 pans

Optional: Cinnamon and Nutmeg

 Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl or blender, beat eggs until light and pale. Beat in milk, vanilla, salt, and sugar. Slowly whisk in flour at the end, it may look “chunky” but just whisk again before pouring into pans.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter until sizzling in each 8 inch oven proof pan (we use cast iron or Calphalon pans) by placing in the oven for several minutes. It is important that the butter sizzle, this keeps the Dutch Baby from sticking to the pan.
Immediately pour batter into pans, bake at 400 degrees until Dutch Baby is puffed and lightly browned, about 15 minutes (keep an eye on this).

Transfer to plate with spatula and fill with whatever you choose. The filling is only limited by your imagination. Try berries and bananas topped with drizzled dark chocolate or a pureed raspberry or orange sauce. How about sautéed apples in butter and brown sugar topped with caramel sauce and flaked sea salt, for salted caramel apple Dutch Babies.

SERVE IMMEDIATELY, as Dutch Babies start to “deflate” somewhat, once removed from the oven. Enjoy this wonderful breakfast recipe!

View photos of some of Dawn's other breakfast creations.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

4 Reasons to Take a Look at a Local Bed and Breakfast for Your Next Trip

Have you stayed at a bed and breakfast for business travel lodging in Prescott, AZ or for leisure lately?

There are several reasons to consider a B&B for your next trip. So, if you haven't taken a look recently, maybe now's the time.

Outlined below are some of the most important things  the travelers we talk with are looking for.

More Value for Your Money
The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) recently completed an industry study and reported the following statistics for bed & breakfasts:
  • 93% offer free high speed wireless internet
  • 94% of rooms have private baths
  • Most bed and breakfasts provide the following in common areas:
    • internet
    • magazines
    • hot/cold beverages
    • board games
    • fireplace
    • refrigerator
    • newspapers
    • telephone
    • cookies/cakes/candies/fruit
    • fresh flowers
    • televisions
  • Most bed and breakfasts provide the following in guest rooms:
    • internet
    • television
    • luxury bed/linens
    • premium branded toiletries
    • robes
    • fireplaces
    • magazines
    • jetted tubs

According to The Better Way to Stay campaign, the amenities offered by many bed and breakfasts today add up to as much as $150 per two-night stay in extra value. 

Feel Like You Are Staying At Home
Staying at a bed and breakfast will provide you with not only a clean, private, well-appointed, relaxing room and bathroom, but also quiet relaxing outdoor spaces, healthy homemade breakfasts and owners / innkeepers whose goal is to make sure you feel at home and your needs are met. There is nothing like a B&B for making you feel you are home.

In addition, here are a few things you can do to assist in making your stay away from home feel more like home.
  • Unpack your suitcase and utilize the dresser and closet in your room
  • Bring your own music so you can listen to what you love while relaxing in your room
  • Pack your lounge clothes
  • Visit a local grocery store so that you have some of your favorite foods and beverages in your room

More Flexibility
When traveling, for business or pleasure, you want to feel as though you are operating on your own schedule, not the schedule of the venue where you are resting your head at night. This shouldn't be too much to ask.

At B&B's around the country, many hosts want you to have the ability to come and go as you please, just like if you were at home or even renting a home somewhere. While B&B’s don’t have a 24/7 desk clerk, you are typically greeted by the owners who will provide you with the information you need to come and go at your leisure. If you can’t check-in during regular check-in hours, most B&B’s have a self-check-in process for after hours.

In most cases, B&B’s provide a multi-course homemade breakfast and gather information about your dietary restrictions and food allergies in advance. Say good-bye to that cookie-cutter breakfast bar.

Support Local Business
People are becoming more and more aware of how localism can result in more wealth and jobs per capita in their community. According to a 2012 study, money spent at a locally owned business generates almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding region as spending money at a chain establishment. (Source: Civic Economics Study, Indie Impact Study Series)

The bottom line is that each and every one of us has a choice when deciding whether to spend our money at a locally owned business or a chain. It is our responsibility to understand how our choice will affect our communities and our own families.

By staying at a local bed and breakfast you are supporting a locally owned business. In addition, many B&B's support local businesses themselves as can be seen in the list below.
  • use local artists and artisans to furnish their inns
  • purchase food locally
  • employ local residence
  • source needed services locally

To view videos of many modern inns and bed and breakfasts check out The Better Way To Stay website. You can also take a virtual tour of our Inn, the Prescott Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Give one a try for your next leisure or business travel!