Last week we started our series about sweet breakfast treats. We’re not sure it’s original, but we coined the term “bressert” to refer to that wonderful beginning of breakfast served at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). For those who love a sweet treat to begin the day, fear not. You’ll always find something to feed that sweet tooth at breakfast, along with the perfect surroundings for your romantic getaway too. It’s no accident that our acronym is DINE. Stay at any of the DINE inns and you’re sure to leave relaxed, rested, happy and full of sweet memories.
We have so many great sweet additions to your breakfast, we simply had to extend this series about “bressert” recipes into a multi-part series. Here are a few more recipes for you to try at home, or better yet, schedule your DINE getaway soon and let us do the baking.
Dave’s Double-Chocolate Waffle Recipe from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina (makes 10 – 4” waffles / 2 waffles per person)
2 Cups all-purpose Flour
3 Tablespoons Hershey’s “Special Dark” Cocoa
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Ovaltine Chocolate Malted Milk Powder
2 large eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 3/4 Cups low-fat milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
** Nestle’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (as desired)
Mix together dry ingredients to smaller mixing bowl, mix well & set aside.
Add remaining “wet” ingredients to larger bowl, blend until smooth and then add above dry ingredients.
Fold dry ingredients into wet batter. Important, do not over mix. It’s ok to have large ½” lumps in batter.
Let batter sit for 15-30 minutes before using.
Turn Waffle Iron on and set to highest setting “Crispy”. (Waffle Iron heats up in approx. 5 minutes).
Pour just under ½ cup batter into each 4” square. Note: batter spreads and rises, so you don’t want to overfill your waffle iron squares or batter will come out the sides.
Sprinkle approx. 1 Tablespoon Choc Chip Morsels over each waffle before closing waffle iron.
Cook until steam evaporates (approx. 3-4 minutes).
NEVER USE COOKING SPRAY (nothing is needed on waffle iron)
Serve 2 waffles per person
Top with sliced Strawberries, Whipped Cream and finish by drizzling warmed Nutella or Choc sauce overall.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Rabbit Hill Inn (Makes 1 long loaf)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the sugar, oil, and eggs. Add the zucchini and vanilla – mix well. Sift the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix into the wet along with the chocolate chips.
Spray a long loaf pan with plenty of cooking spray and then line long side of the pan with parchment
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes, turn and bake for about 20 more minutes. Or until toothpick comes out clean. Carefully remove from pan (using the parchment to help) and cool on a cooling rack.
Easy Strawberry Soup from Cliffside Inn (Serves 6)
2 cups Sour Cream
1 12-ounce bag frozen strawberries, thawed
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine sour cream, strawberries, honey and vanilla. Blend in food processor until smooth. Garnish with fresh mint and serve cold.
Note: This is one of the easiest recipes you can find, yet it’s a wonderful way to start the day. It’s kind of like a smoothie in a bowl!
Stay tuned for more sweet recipes in next week’s blog when we focus in on different ways to create the perfect donut in your own kitchen. Better yet, leave the baking and clean up to DINE, and plan your next romantic getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking on links below that will take you directly to each of their websites. Then, start your day with sweets along with your sweetheart.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport