Thursday, January 26, 2012


1/2c. butter
1 1/2c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. milk
1/2 t.soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves
2 c. oatmeal
1c. chopped walnuts
3/4  c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and milk. Sift together flour, white and wheat, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Mix together until well blended. Fold in oatmeal, walnuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen. Bon appetite! Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

Monday, January 23, 2012

Apple Pie

• 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter

• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

• 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• Dash of cloves

• 1/4 cup water

• 1/2 cup white sugar

• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

• 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

• 2 Red Delicious or McIntosh apples (use a favorite different apple) this helps to make the pie more flavorful and less tart

• Egg white, beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (220 degrees C). Prepare pie crust. Place the bottom crust in glass deep dish pie pan. Brush the bottom of the crust with beaten egg white (this will keep the bottom from getting soggy). Prepare lattice or full top crust depending on your preference. Cover and chill until ready to use. Peel and slice apples.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Flour and butter should cook about 2 minutes. Add water, cinnamon, cloves, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Pour apples and vanilla into butter mixture; coating apples well.

3. Fill with the pie crust with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Brush butter liquid from the bottom of the pan, over the crust.

4. Place the pie in the oven on the bottom shelf; bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes, until apples are soft.

Bon appetite! Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Toasted Almond Baked Oatmeal

3 c. whole rolled oats
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t.salt
1 1/2 c.  low fat milk 
2 eggs
1/2 c. melted butter
1 t.  pure vanilla extract
3/4  c. chopped toasted almonds
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast 3/4 c. whole almonds.  In a large bowl mix together oats,brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried fruit and chopped toasted almonds.  Spray ramekins and fill .  Bake in preheated oven for  35- 40 minutes. Makes 8-10. Serve with warm milk.

This recipe can be altered to fit your needs!! Oatmeal is a great warm healthy meal on these cold mornings. Cut back on or omit the brown sugar and add more dried fruit or honey. Use egg whites ( 2 egg whites = 1 whole egg) not whole eggs. Use skim milk or soy milk. Reduce butter, replace it with small amount of olive oil or omit it all together; just add a bit more milk and another egg white.

Divide ingredients it will make 2 servings easily, just use 1 egg regardless, the egg hold it together.

Bon appetite!  Gwenn David Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coconut Fruitcake Cookies

Original Recipe Yield 48 servings


• 3 cups chopped pecans

• 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut

• 1 cups chopped candied cherries

• 1 1/4 cups chopped candied pineapple

• 1 cup chopped dates

• 2 cups sweetened condensed milk


1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in milk. Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to waxed paper to cool completely. Let stand for 24 hours in an airtight container at room temperature before serving.

Bon appetite! Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast