Monday, April 29, 2019

Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast Recipe: Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

This is the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast recipe for a delicious  blueberry coffee cake. I love blueberries and try out every blueberry recipe I can find; blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, bluberry french toast, and blueberry crisp.  This coffee cake I have been making for years and love it. This is an easy recipe for a 9x9 pan and is great for the morning or can be baked for an evening treat as well.  I prefer fresh berries to frozen I think the cake is prettier with fresh berries.

1 ¼ c. flour                                                                                                        
1 ½ t. baking powder                                                                                    
¼ t salt                                                                                                                 
½ c. butter room temperature                                                                   
¾ c. sugar                                                                                                           
1 large egg                                                                                                         
1 t vanilla
1/3c milk

¼ c flour
¼ packed brown sugar
½ t nutmeg
2 T cold butter
1/3  c chopped walnuts

1 c fresh or frozen thawed and dried blueberries

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.  On low speed, beat in dry ingredients alternately with milk, starting and ending with dry ingredients, until blended.
To make topping, in small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in nuts.
Spread batter into a lightly sprayed or oiled 8-by-8 inch baking dish. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over batter. Sprinkle topping over blueberries. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

Bon appetite!
Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Chicken Salad Puffs, a Bed and Breakfast recipe for an appetizer

Running a bed and breakfast means being ready to prepare and serve more than breakfast.  Bed and breakfast recipes are a wonderful resourse.  Often, a bed and breakfast is a great location to host small local events. Chicken Salad Puffs are an  appetizer  that we often use for a group gathering.  They can be made ahead, covered and chilled. 

Cream Puffs:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

In a saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until smooth and shiny. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Immediately poke with a toothpick to allow steam to escape; cool.   The cream puffs can be made ahead and frozen, they freeze well for several months.

2 cups cooked chicken,  finely chopped
1 - 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup miracle whip or mayo
1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Split puffs and set aside. In a bowl, combine the filling ingredients; mix well.  Remove tops, fill puffs and replace tops.  Refrigerate until serving. Refrigerate leftovers.  Serves 18 - 24 depending on the size of the puffs made.

Found on page 80 of my Breakfast and Beyond Cookbook.

Bon appetite! Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast