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Cranberries glistening on top of almond cake

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

I love cranberries!  If you stay at the inn, you will often see them in coffeecakes.  This cranberry cake would work as a coffee cake, but is stellar as a dessert.  Not too sweet, and lovely moist cake.  I served it with sweetened sour cream, but it would be great with ice cream or whipped cream. I usually stock up on fresh cranberries in the fall.  They keep well in the freezer.  The original recipe…... view full recipe

Donut covered with spice

Baked Chai Spice Doughnuts

This is one of the best spice doughnuts I have ever had! If you can, use the spices in the recipe  for the doughnut, versus a chai spice mix for best flavor.  These baked doughnuts are quick to put together, with a nice short baking time. If you are using a doughnut shaped baking pan, wait for about 5 -8 minutes after taking them out of the oven...they will come out of the pan much…... view full recipe

Roasted Vanilla Plums

This recipe for roasted plums is great for breakfast or dessert (with a bit of ice cream on top).  Sometimes at breakfast, we get wrinkled noses from guests who think they don't care for cooked fruit...but most of the time we are able to convert them! Plums that are hard or slightly hard are best for this dish, ripe ones will disintegrate!... view full recipe

Peach muffin on blue plate on box of fresh peaches

Fresh Peach Muffins

Peaches just taste like summer to me!  So what better way to use them than in an easy to put together peach muffin.  You don't even have to peel the peaches, and a stand mixer makes quick work.  These peach muffins have a delicate cake-like texture. Don't forget the sugar on top, it makes it delightfully crunchy.!... view full recipe

Lemon doughnut on blue and white plate

Baked Lemon Doughnuts

We have a number of recipes for baked doughnuts here at Grape Arbor; sort of one for every season.  This one is a summer lemon doughnut.  Baked doughnuts are great because they are quick to make, don't take long to cook, and are super tasty.  And because they aren't fried, maybe you can eat two!  This particular recipe was based on a copycat of the Starbucks lemon loaf. A lemon doughnut has to have good…... view full recipe

close up of rolls filled with roasted strawberries and cream cheese icing

Roasted Strawberry Cream Cheese Rolls

I love making these rolls when strawberries are plentiful, they are a nice twist on the standard (but yummy) Cinnamon Roll.  I like to make everything the day before up to the final rise, then put it in the fridge overnight.  It takes about an hour for them to rise from being in the fridge, but it enables you to get warm fresh strawberry rolls in the morning! Make sure you are in the kitchen…... view full recipe

Maple Glazed Spice Doughnuts

  Easy baked Maple Glazed Spice Doughnuts are simply awesome and ready in under thirty minutes.  It's much easier than you may think.  And because they are baked and not fried, well, maybe you can have two.  To get the classic doughnut shape, you will need a specially shaped doughnut pan, available online or at any kitchen supply store. We make many different doughnuts, but here's one recipe we love and serve at Grape Arbor…... view full recipe

Picture of glazed apple turnover.

Apple Turnovers

Let's talk Apple Turnovers.  At Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast, we love this simple recipe using puff pastry sheets from your grocers freezer and a easy to make apple pie filling and glaze.  We guarantee you, too, will love the results when you bite into that flaky crust sweetened with a touch of glaze which then gives way to the treasure inside - warm, cinnamon spiced apples.  This is one reason why Apple Turnovers are…... view full recipe

Apple Cranberry Pie with Swirled Lattice Top

Grape Arbor Cranberry Apple Pie

Apple pie has always been an American favorite.  We love the smell of baking apples here at Grape Arbor in muffins, coffeecakes...but everyone loves apple pie!  We change it up just a little bit with the addition of fresh cranberries for a pop of red and a little tartness. We always like to use several different kinds of apples for more flavor and texture. Granny Smiths are a good choice because they hold their shape…... view full recipe

Cheesey breakfast dish with eggs, veggies and sausage in a white dish.

Grape Arbor Breakfast Gratin

This easy gourmet breakfast dish features incredible, edible eggs with sausage, potatoes, veggies, and cheese.  Guests and staff love it.  It is delicious in taste and texture and easy to make, nutritionally dense and gluten free.  We love busting into that sunny, creamy yolk and having it run all over and sauce the entire dish. The rich, creamy egg is center stage on our Breakfast Gratin.  Are you a fan of the common egg?  Eggs…... view full recipe

Apple crumble breakfast dessert on blue china plate

Grape Arbor Apple Crumb Cake

By popular demand, here is the recipe for the Grape Arbor classic Apple Crumb Cake.    This treat is loaded with a full two pounds of apples and a buttery crumb topping. What makes it easy is that the same mixture that is on the top, forms the bottom crust as well.  For best flavor and texture, use multiple kinds of apples--we like Granny Smith for their tart firmness, along with Gala and McIntosh for…... view full recipe

Slice of egg bandito with two sausage patties

Eggs Bandito

Ah, Eggs Bandito! This is one of the Inn's favorite Mexican style egg dishes.  It is flavorful, but not too spicy, and comes together quickly. As far as egg based breakfast dishes go, this is one of the  Assistant Innkeeper's personal favorites.  In fact, Liz made it when her adult kids recently stayed here at Grape Arbor and they loved it.  Liz  loves it because it is easy to make and it is a pleasant…... view full recipe

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

I am a well-known lover of rhubarb!  Not so much Strawberry Rhubarb Pie; I have yet to find a recipe that does not seem too sweet to me.   But  rhubarb muffins?  Bring it on!  Coffeecake?  Oh, yea!  I have collected quite a few recipes over the years.  This one is one of my favorites, and it is one of the few recipes that I have found that does not require cooking the rhubarb before you…... view full recipe

Three Chocoate Walnut cookies plated

Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

This recipe for chocolate cookies is easy to make, only requires six ingredients, and the results are fantastic!   Also, they taste delicious and have a wonderful texture.  And it's gluten free to boot!  I still have a taste memory of the thin crackly crispy edges and shell caving into  a soft, chewy fudgy brownie middle. This is a "mother" recipe by French pastry Chef Francois Payard.  The adventurous have sometimes added bonus spices, pecans, or…... view full recipe

Cherry muffin on a white plate

Grape Arbor Cherry Muffin

Here is one of our favorite muffins in the morning.  Never heard of cherry muffins? We can make it year round because local sour cherries are available frozen right up the street at Arrowhead Wine Cellars.  Of course, if you aren't lucky like we are, you can just substitute blueberries or another fruit.  Just be careful if it is very wet!  If you are using frozen fruit, put it in frozen, and increase the baking…... view full recipe

Two large shiny fluffy rolls in a baket

Moravian Love Buns

We serve these rolls with breakfast, but they would be fine as a dinner roll.  You can adjust the size of the roll by the quantity that you make--the original recipe made 6 rolls, but the size that your are used to seeing at Grape Arbor, is one half that size.  They are a little on the sweet side, as you can tell by the amount of sugar in the recipe, but certainly not a …... view full recipe

Slice of egg bandito with two sausage patties

Eggs Bandito

Guests love this egg casserole!  Don't worry, you can make it as spicy or as mild as you prefer.  Once you have all of the ingredients, it comes together quickly, so it makes a great easy breakfast.  We tested it first on a Christmas morning several years ago, and even made homemade salsa for it.  Maybe it will become your holiday special egg casserole! It is ok to use stale tortilla chips, and is a…... view full recipe

Grape Arbor Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast's most requested (and most eaten) recipe--chocolate chip cookies. I have made thousands of these cookies, and perfected the recipe. Every year, I see a new recipe that comes out and claims to be the best chocolate chip cookie...and I try it, then go back to this one. The cookies are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. There is a mix of both the traditional semi-sweet…... view full recipe

My Favorite Recipe for Cutout Cookies

Whenever I get the hankering to make cutout sugar cookies, I run directly to this recipe. It was given to me by my dear friend Pat, who passed away more than 20 years ago; taking out the recipe reminds me of the great times we had baking and doing cross stitch together. The reason this recipe works is that there is no leavening in the cookies do not spread. That is a super advantage…... view full recipe

Beer Waffles with Maple Sour Cherry Compote on top.

Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote

Here is another additional to a month of waffle recipes! I generally use whatever local beer I happen to have on hand, most recently a stout from Five and Twenty Brewing. The original recipe called for a german lager.  The overall beer flavor of the waffles is pretty subtle. For cherries, I use local sour cherries, which I can purchase frozen and pitted from Arrowhead Wine Cellars.  Do note that once defrosted, the cherries deflate…... view full recipe

Plate of gingerbread waffles with cream cheese glaze

Gingerbread Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

When there is a chill in the air, somehow all those warm spices seem to taste better and make you feel warm from the inside out. That is when regular waffles just won't do, and I look in my recipe notebook for something a little bit different. These waffles are equally good in a Belgian or American style waffle maker. I don't think maple syrup is needed, but it certainly doesn't taste bad! And putting…... view full recipe

Ginger spice cookies on a plate next to stuffed snowmen

Ginger Spice Cookies

When the weather is chilly, there is nothing so warming as ginger! This cookie has two kinds of ginger--powdered and crystallized as well as cloves and allspice. They are crunchy outside and soft inside; a great combination. They will keep for up to five days.... view full recipe

Eggnog Muffin

Eggnog Muffins

I am not a lover of eggnog. At least not drinking it--I do like to use it in cooking; and this is one of my favorite recipes. The muffins are truly light and fluffy with a wonderful nutmeggy taste. The topping is crunchy, and the muffin itself reminds of those snowball treats I used to get when I was a kid--just in appearance, not at all in taste.  Definitely use a mixer for the dough,…... view full recipe

Cream cheese filled pumpkin muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

When the nights start to turn chilly, that's when I really love to turn on the baking. And despite all the hype about pumpkin spice overload, I do really like using pumpkin in lots of things. This is my (and my guest's favorite) pumpkin muffin recipe. Yes, it has all the usual spices in it, but there is a wonderfully flavored cream cheese filling to delight and surprise you. It does has some unusual ingredients…... view full recipe

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

So many people have complemented me on our Buttermilk Pancakes. I have to smile a bit, because pancakes are so easy to make, and, in my opinion, taste so much better when made from scratch without the help of a mix. My Mom used to make us pancakes on the weekend, and I never even knew that you could buy a mix for them, because, the batter comes together in a snap! These are a…... view full recipe

White China plate with salted lime cookies on top

Our Popular Cinco de Mayo Cookie–Salted Lime Butter Cookies

What is the right kind of cookie for Cinco de Mayo? Salted Lime Butter Cookies, full of the fresh snap of real lime zest and juice with that little bit of margarita from the salt on top. These FLEW out of the cookie jar on the two weekends we sampled them. This is one cookie dough that does not need to be refrigerated; they come together really easily. High five to Bake or Break who…... view full recipe

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