Farmers' Guest House blog
January 25th, 2013

It’s about the Breakfast

best bed and breakfasts in GalenaThe bed and breakfast experience at Farmers Guest House is about many things, but nothing is more important than your bed and your breakfast. Let’s talk breakfast…At Farmers Guest House, each morning, guests awaken to the smells of a full-country breakfast being prepared from scratch in our kitchen. Now, the good people at have discovered the wonders of breakfast at Farmers Guest House.

Read more about the country elegance and allure of Farmers Guest House below and experience the best bed and breakfast in Galena, Farmers Guest House.

Mocha Latte Pancakes

by Michael Franco, Guide

Susan and Don Steffan have been welcoming guests to the Farmer’s Guest House in Galena, IL since they took ownership of the building in 2012 — literally.

The couple had their first guests stay with them the day they took the keys, and they’ve entertained hundreds since then. Because much of the town of Galena is on the National Historic Register and there are many shops and historic sites to visit, guests sometimes need a super-charged breakfast to get them buzzing through the day. That’s where this recipe comes in.

With a dash of chocolate, a shot of espresso and high-protein ricotta cream it definitely satisfies and sends visitors off into their days with a snap in their step and a smile on their face!


Ricotta Cream

1 ½ Cup whipped ricotta
¼ Cup powdered sugar
Dash of cinnamon
Mocha Syrup
1 ½ Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
½ Cup espresso or strong coffee
1 Tsp vanilla
Dash of salt

Mocha Latte Pancakes

1 Cup flour
1 Tsp baking powder
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbs cocoa
1 Egg
2 Tbs sugar
½ Cup cream or half and half
½ Cup espresso or strong coffee


For the Ricotta Cream

Mix ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Mocha Syrup

Add all ingredients except vanilla to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling. Stir for two minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Cool to serve.

For the Mocha Latte Pancakes

In a medium bowl blend flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa until no streaks remain. In a small bowl, beat egg and sugar with a whisk. Add milk and coffee and whisk until completely blended. Cook pancakes on a griddle, flipping when small bubbles appear. Add a dollop of Ricotta Cream, drizzle with Mocha Syrup and sprinkle with chopped chocolate if desired.

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