Farmers' Guest House
September 29th, 2015

Mocha Latte Pancakes

In honor of National Coffee Day, we are sharing our Mocha Latte Pancakes recipe!

Mocha Latte Pancakes with Ricotta Cream & Mocha Syrup – 4 servings
Ricotta Cream
1 ½ c whipped ricotta
¼ c powdered sugar
Dash of cinnamon
Mix ingredients until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
Mocha Syrup
1 ½ c sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
Dash of salt
½ c espresso or strong coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
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.
Mocha Latte Pancakes
1 c flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
2 T sugar
½ c cream or half and half
½ c espresso or strong coffee
Chopped chocolate for garnish
In a medium bowl blend flour, baking powder, [...]

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September 28th, 2015

Ham and Egg Cup Breakfast Menu

This post gives you three recipes – all you need to make a complete breakfast entree.  Add some fresh fruit and muffins for a complete breakfast experience!
Cornbread, breakfast slaw, and ham & egg cups make a tasty plate.

Ham and Egg Cups
For each egg cup you will need -
1 large slice deli ham
1 t salsa from a jar
2 farm fresh medium eggs
1 T cheddar cheese, shredded
chopped herbs for garnish
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a jumbo muffin pan.
Place a slice of ham in each well.  The sides will loop in two places. 
Spoon the salsa into the bottom of the ham cup.  Crack two eggs into the ham cup and sprinkle the cheese on top.
Bake for 17 – 23 minutes just until eggs [...]

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September 21st, 2015

Chopped Apple Cake

Raw Apple Cake
There’s nothing like enjoying fresh picked apples in September here in the Midwest.  I’ve been taking my kids apple picking since they could sit on your shoulders and grab the fruit of the branch – twisting so as not to harm the tree.  This recipe is as old as my children and has been a favorite for decades.  I use whatever apples I have on hand but tart ones, like a Granny Smith, work best.

Chopped Apple Cake
1 ¾ c sugar
3 eggs
1 c oil
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
1 t cinnamon
1 c chopped nuts, divided
½ c raisins or dried cranberries
4 c apples, cored and chopped
Preheat oven to 350, spray a 9 x 13 pan.
Beat sugar, [...]

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August 5th, 2015

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad
This corn and black bean salad is a tasty and unexpected side dish with a southwest frittata (shown here) or ham & egg cups with cornbread, which is what I served this morning.
1 1/2 c roasted corn cut off the cob (approximately 2 ears)
1/2 c chopped tomato without the seeds
3/4 c black beans
1/2 c chopped, cucumber without the seeds
1/3 c coarsley chopped, fresh cilantro
salt to taste
juice from 1 large or 2 small limes
Stir all ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving.  This also tastes amazing with 3 strips of chopped, cooked bacon [...]

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July 23rd, 2015

Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake

Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake
1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
2 t baking powder
1 tsp salt (use 1/2 tsp if using salted butter)
3 large eggs or 4 medium
12 oz whole milk ricotta
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1 t vanilla extract
1 T orange fresh orange zest,  finely grated
1 1/4 c fresh blueberries, divided
Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 9″ spring form pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl with a wire whisk.
Beat eggs, ricotta, butter, vanilla and orange zest in a bowl until smooth.
Fold in dry ingredients, then 1 c blueberries just enough to incorporate.  Be careful to not smash berries.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c blueberries over the top and press in to [...]

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July 8th, 2015

Maple Pecan Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is amazing!  Preparing the cakes takes a little extra effort, but is well worth it.  If you don’t have the pans to make 12 individual bundts, which is what I do here at the inn, you can use a standard bundt pan.
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c butter
Blend until fluffy in a mixer.  Meanwhile, sift together in a separate bowl
2  1/2 c cake flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
Add 3 eggs one at a time to wet ingredients in a blender, scraping down between each. Then add
4  t vanilla
1  1/4 c sour cream
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold to be sure it is all mixed.
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 t [...]

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May 11th, 2015

Homemade Danish 101

Making your own Danish doesn’t have to be intimidating! There is a moderate amount of hands on work involved – most of the time is in the chilling.  I make the dough in the morning, roll and fold in the afternoon, and make the braid the next morning for breakfast.

Homemade Danish Recipe
1 envelope of yeast (2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast)
½ c milk – room temperature
1 egg – room temperature (breaking it into a small bowl will help bring it to temp)
5 T granulated sugar
¾ tsp salt
2 ½ c flour
14 T butter, cold, cut into pieces
Whisk the yeast in ¼ c warm water 105 – 112 degrees in the bottom of a large bowl.  Let that rest while you make [...]

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March 21st, 2015

Best Breakfast Contest Finalist

Yes, folks, once again Farmers Guest House has submitted a winning recipe to the Best B&B Breakfast Contest and made it to the Finals!  Here it is for you to consider -
Apple Jack Cheese Stuffed French Toast & Midwest Berry Sauce – Serves 6
Locally sourced breakfast is a priority for us here at Farmers Guest House and this recipe is a fine example of tasty ingredients found in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest contributing to this local favorite.  Here are our local sources found in this classic French Toast dish:

Cage Free Eggs from Dykstra Farms, Thompson, IL
Raspberries from Fincel’s Farm, East Dubuque, IL
Cherries from Door County, WI
Cranberries from Twin Lake Cranberry Co., Vesper, WI
Apple Jack Cheese – Torkelson Cheese Co, Lena [...]

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March 9th, 2015

Vegan Banana Muffins

What a wonderful treat for a vegan guest or anyone for that matter!
Recipe makes 18 – 22 muffins
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 frozen)
1 cup oil
1 cup soy milk
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease two muffin pans. 
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 25 -30 minutes until toothpick tests clean.
To freeze, wrap each muffin individually with plastic wrap and place all muffins in a zip top bag clearly marked. [...]

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March 7th, 2015

Pear and Mascarpone Tart

It’s been a cold winter, and spring is just around the corner!  By the end of February tasty fresh fruit is either hard to come by or costly – except for pears and apples!  This lovely tart can be served as either a breakfast treat or a light dessert.
Pear Mascarpone Tart
1 homemade pie dough
2 – 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
coarse sugar for sprinkling
Roll out the pie crust to fit an 11 inch tart pan.  Combine the cheese, sour cream, egg, vanilla and sugar.  Beat 2 minutes on high speed with an electric mixer. Pour in the bottom of the tart shell.  Layer pears over the filling, overlapping [...]

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