Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Strawberry Orange Cream French Toast Recipe, 10 Fitch Bed & Breakfast

Guests Joyce & Don dined at Rosalie's Cucina last night and brought back a loaf of their yummy bread for us.  I decided to use it to make breakfast for them this morning.  Had enough left over for mom & I to try and I must say that is was quite delicious. I think it would be even more fab to serve this with just a drizzle of chocolate sauce over top, but that is for another day!

Strawberry Orange Cream Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Coulis-

Serves 4

For French Toast:
  • 1 loaf crusty slightly stale old French (I used Italian from Rosalie's) bread sliced on the bias about an inch thick.
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk or half & half
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
For Filling:
  • 1- 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 6-8 large FRESH ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and coursely chopped 
For Strawberry Coulis:
  • 2 Cups frozen strawberries, slightly thawed and coursely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • pat of butter

Filling: Place cream cheese, chopped berries, powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 3 Tablespoons orange zest & salt in a bowl and mash with a fork until well combined and spreadable.  You could use a food processor or hand blender but I like my berries a little chunky in the filling so I use a fork.  You can adjust the sugar according to the sweetness of your berries. Set aside.

Coulis: In a medium sauce pan combine the frozen berries, lemon juice, orange zest, water, sugar & butter and bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, reduce heat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally to until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and use hand blender to puree the sauce. Keep sauce warm over low heat while making French toast.

French toast: Beat the eggs, milk OR cream, vanilla & sugar thoroughly in a large baking dish.  Soak the sliced bread in the custard, turning onto other side after a few minutes.

Heat a griddle or large skillet with a pat of butter and cook the soaked bread slices on on medium heat until golden, turn and cook other side.  Once both sides of bread are golden brown, reduce heat and smear a couple spoonfuls of filling onto half the slices. Top with remaining cooked slices and and continue to grill for another minute or so to allow filling to warm.

To serve spoon a puddle of the strawberry coulis onto the middle of a plate, arrange two pieces of French stuffed toast side by side on top of the sauce, sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with strawberry & twisted orange slice.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Madison - Bouckville, Our Treasures Unveiled

Just a few weeks ago, Rodney & I ventured out and for the 3rd year in a row drove the hour and a half to get to The annual Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show.  Held every year the third weekend in August, this year being the 39th, the antiques show stretches across 90 acres of farmland in soughter Madison County.  You can't do the whole thing in one day but we do as much of it as we can! 

Last year it was so hot and humid that we only lasted about a few hours before calling it quits and heading back to the inn totally empty handed!  So disappointing because the previous year, the first one we attended right before closing on our purchase of 10 Fitch, it rained and was muddy and dreary but we found a lot of great stuff including a fantastic mahogany high boy for English Suite, a set of antique books for the library, some wonderful water color and oil paintings, a silver tea set, and majolica pottery.

So I had high hopes for this year.  The days leading up to the antiques show were very hot and humid so I was thrilled that the weather was about as perfect as it could be on Saturday when we headed out.  It was overcast, so the sun was not beating down on us mercilessly, and the humidity was lower as was the temperature.  It was very comfortable.

My plan was to take all kinds of photos with my iphone documenting the days treasure hunting and post them to the blog.  I was so excited about all the things we were seeing... and buying that it wasn't until  we were heading back to the inn several hours later I realized I had only taken one photo! I took this right after we parked the car after first arriving, it shows the sea of cars parked in one of the fields.

But even though I forgot to document the day with photos I did take some pictures of our treasure once I got it home and cleaned it all up.  I was so excited to find a sterling service for 12 that didn't include any serving pieces and it was in excellent condition! Very hard to find.  Yes, we will use forks, spoons and knives every day but really don't need anything else.  These were exactly what I'd been looking for the previous 2 years at the show.  Not too ornate or plain... just right!

And I'm always on the lookout for flow blue to add to my grandmothers pieces that I have and use at the inn.  Found 6 bowls and a plate in the Touraine pattern.

And finally I hit the jackpot on teacups!  I found some of the most beautiful teacups! The colors are what caught my eye. It just makes me happy to look at these delicate little beauties!

And finally here is a photo showing all our treasure for the day :)

Next years show is scheduled for August 19th-21st and I can't wait!  Hope to see you there!  If you would like to get a little taste before then and are going to be in the area at the end of October you can attend the 2010 Salt City Autumn Antiques Show which will take place inside the spacious Americraft Center of Progress Building on the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, October 23-24. Over 250 selected dealers cover thousands of square feet of floor space.

What's New on the 10 Fitch Facebook Page?

Thanks to facebook I've just created a couple of new ways to interact with our guests!  There is a new tab called "Fan Specials".  This is where I'll be posting some great specials, promos & discounts so check it out!  What's really cool about this is it makes it easy for our fans to pass along the specials to all their friends!  If you do visit the 10 Fitch "Fan Specials" page on facebook and you like what you see don't forget to click the like button!

Under the "Discussions" tab I've also just started a new topic called "What makes a stay at a bed & breakfast so special?" Actually it's the only topic there right now and I'm hoping for some great feedback from everyone so if you've had a great bed and breakfast experience let me know what put it over the top for you!

I hope to see you on facebook soon!