Posts Tagged ‘Apple Tree Lane B&B’

Wisconsin B&B Inns Cherish the Apple

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Apple orchard at Apple Tree Lane B&B, Waupaca.

Wisconsin’s roller coaster of a spring and summer in the weather department wasn’t exactly kind to the state’s apple crop.  All the more reason to relish every juicy bite of the ruby pomme with recipes like this one for Apple Lavender Scones from the innkeepers at Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield. By the way, this recipe and many others are included in our eighth edition cookbook which will be available for purchase mid-November.  Gift-giving idea anyone!

Pinehurst Apple Lavender Scones

“This recipe pulls together a mix of items from our own gardens and fruit from our local Bayfield orchards. We adapted this recipe from a basic scone recipe given to us by a friend.”  -Pinehurst Innkeepers Nancy & Steve Sandstrom

2 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup organic sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp chopped lavender leaves
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1½ cups peeled cubed apples, or Bosc pears

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and lavender in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the cold butter (divided into 6-7 pieces) until the consistency is coarse and crumbly. Add the buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and cubed apples and stir with a fork until just moistened. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a drop or two of additional buttermilk. Knead the dough 5-6 times on a floured surface. Roll out to ¾-inch thickness and cut into preferred shapes. We use a greased scone pan to create consistent sizes. You can also drop the batter onto a greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the scones with egg white and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Yield: 1 dozen.

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Granola Recipe for Amateur Athletes

On August 18, Waupaca will be hosting the Waupaca Area Triathlon.  With its fantastic Chain O’ Lakes and beautiful countryside, this area of the state was meant for an event like this.  Innkeeper Kerri Thiel of the Apple Tree Lane B&B there has participated in the tri, which makes her especially qualified when it comes to catering to the needs of athletes.  “We have flexible check-in/check-out, covered secure bike parking, in-room massage, a very early pre-race high-carb breakfast buffet, and a full breakfast upon the athlete’s return,” noted Kerri.  She also makes a mean granola cup, available before or after the race, and shares that recipe here which she adapted from one found on Pinterest.

Winning Breakfast Granola Cups
Yields:  12 regular size cups or 25 mini cups

 Ingredients:
4 T. butter
¼ C. honey
¼ C. molasses
3 T. brown sugar
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. ginger
¼ t. ground cloves
¼ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 c. Old Fashion Oats (not Quick Cook)
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flax seed
¼ c. sliced almonds
¼ c. dried cranberries or mixed dried berries 

Filling:  Greek yogurt and berries of choice, garnished with a mint leaf. 

Directions:

In saucepan, add butter, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.  Heat until combined.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix together the oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds, and cranberries.  Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until completely coated.  Place the mixture into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to cool.  When ready to bake, grease muffin tin and fill each opening about 2/3 full.  Using your fingers, press into the center of the hole and then work your way around the edges to form a bowl.  Place the bowls into a 325 degree oven.  Cook 15-17 for regular size and 10-12 for the mini.  Let cool completely before removing from the tin.  Store in airtight container. When ready to eat, pull out and fill with Greek yogurt.  Top with berries of choice and garnish with a mint leaf.

Picture yourself lazily swinging, post-race, on the grounds of Apple Tree Lane B&B. Replenish your energy with Innkeeper Kerri's crunchy homemade granola.