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Moist Chocolate Pistachio Cake

June 14th, 2013

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

At our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast we love to  serve our guests dessert for breakfast and we wanted to share our Moist Chocolate Pistachio Cake recipe with you. It’s one of our favorites and we’ve found if you slightly heat the cake before serving, it adds a subtle richness to the taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package plain white cake mix; (18.25 oz)
  • 1 package pistachio instant pudding mix; (3.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder; (we use Wilbur Chocolate)
  • vegetable oil for misting pan
  • flour for dusting the pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips evenly in the bottom of the pan. Set the pan aside.
  2. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sugar. water, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and smooth. Remove 1 cup of the batter to a small bowl. Mix the Wilbur’s Cocoa into the small bowl and stir until the mixture is well combined. Set aside.
  3. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan. Pour the chocolate batter over the top, trying to keep the chocolate batter away from the edges of the pan. Swirl the chocolate batter into the white batter using a dinner knife. Place the pan in the center of the oven.
  4. Bake the cake until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a rack to cool completely, 20 minutes more.
  5. Optionally, pour some chocolate sauce over the cake.

Yield: 16 servings
Cook Time: 60 minutes

The next time you make it to Eureka Springs, AR for a getaway let us know if you’d like us to serve this fabulous cake for breakfast. Also, we have tried a lot of chocolate deserts at many of Eureka Springs’ restaurants, so when you are here relaxing, ask us to lead you to some great chocolate treats.

Fresh Harvest – Gourmet Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars

February 18th, 2013

If you love wine tasting or are die-hard foodies looking for something different, you’ll love Fresh Harvest.

This shop quietly opened up a few months ago here in Eureka Springs and has become a big hit with locals and tourists. Imagine a tasting room with about 50 small stainless steel containers filled with infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Next to each offering are small tasting cups as well as bread croutons for palate cleansing between tastings.  Maybe there’s no swishing but there is definitely some lip smacking going on.  They have also showcased some fantastic combinations of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Our favorite is Organic Persian Lime infused olive oil paired with a Blackberry-ginger Balsamic vinegar. We especially love it on our salads.

Richard has been using the Organic Herbes de Provence infused olive oil for his Broiled Parmesan tomatoes. He also drizzles some over pan-roasted chicken just before serving. The flavor just bursts in your mouth. He says that for the most intense taste use the infused olive oils as a finishing sauce as heat tends to moderate the flavors.

fresh-harvest

The store offers a variety of different olive oils from mild to robust, as well as 17 different oils infused with herbs and fruits. There is even a Chipotle infused oil for those who like a little heat.  There are 19 different flavored balsamic vinegars like Wild Blueberry, Cinnamon Pear, Honey Ginger, Vermont Maple, Blood Orange and for you spicy fans, a Jalapeno.

The folks at Fresh Harvest say, “Olives are fruits. We believe extra virgin olive oil is like fruit juice: highly perishable, healthier and more flavorful when consumed fresh and full of amazing nutrients. This is one of the reasons we post the Harvest Date on every Extra Virgin Olive Oil we offer. Fresh Harvest is committed to providing you with the healthiest, best products in the world at reasonable prices. Chase the Crush!”

So the next time you are in town stop by their store and tingle your taste buds. They are only about 5 minutes from our Eureka Springs bed and breakfast.  Bon Appetit!

Plan Your Ozarks Fall Foliage Vacation at our Eureka Springs B&B

September 2nd, 2012

Fall Colors in the Ozarks Arkansas

Cooler weather and autumn colors in Eureka Springs make October a lovely time to get away to our Ozarks bed and breakfast inn.

It’s early September and you can feel the very beginnings of fall coming to the Ozarks. It’s hard to believe since it’s been so hot lately. But the shift to autumn is inevitable…it’s coming and it’s going to be beautiful. Autumn in Eureka Springs brings welcome cooler weather and stunning fall display.

Usually the last couple weeks of October are the height of Eureka Springs’ fall color, but it might be a little earlier this year because of this summer’s unusually hot weather. For updates on Arkansas’ autumn color season, visit the Arkansas State website or you can contact us to see how things are looking here in Eureka Springs.

It’s worth a drive here once fall starts in earnest. The drive on Arkansas Highway 21 to Eureka Springs will pass through hills of glorious gold, green, yellow, orange and red. Every year, people come here to see it. It just takes your breathe away…such moments are just the thing a person needs for a fresh start to a new season!

The woods at our Eureka Springs inn will also be adorned with fall color. Inside and out, our Ozarks accommodations will be ready to help you enjoy the beauty of autumn. All our luxuriously appointed rooms have private baths with spa tubs for two as well as gas or electric fireplaces. Most have private entrances and private decks or porches so you can go out to enjoy the view and the refreshing air of fall. Little touches such as in-room treats and plush bath robes make you feel pampered. And the gourmet three-course breakfast is a perfect way to start each morning.

The town of Eureka Springs is particularly beautiful this time of year. Shop, dine and enjoy its fine cultural experiences, all with a backdrop of glorious autumn color. You’ll love taking a fall vacation in the Ozarks. Come to our lovely Eureka Springs bed and breakfast and see for yourself!

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