Wisconsin innkeepers really can’t help themselves when it comes to a good fall recipe to "cozy up" in the kitchen with on a crisp autumn morning. So it seemed only right to dedicate a story to a few fall recipe favorites that are sure to warm up any chilly morning.
Deep Dish Apple Berry Pancake
Recipe by Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn, Belleville
1 stick butter
6 extra large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon cinnamon, divided
1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, divided
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large apples, sliced
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup each of whole cranberries, blackberries, and raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or shortening. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch chunks and place in the bottom of the dish. Place the dish in the oven 5-7 minutes, or just until the butter begins to sizzle, but no longer. While the butter is melting, layer the eggs, milk, vanilla, maple extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, flour, sugar and salt into a blender. Blend until well mixed, about 1-2 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and fill with the apple slices. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon and nutmeg, the allspice, and pumpkin pie spice. Bake 8 minutes to slightly soften the apples. Remove the dish from the oven and top with the berries and pecans. Pour the batter from the blender over the top and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake 20 minutes (do not open the oven door) then remove and allow to set for 5 minutes before cutting into desired sizes. Garnish with powdered sugar, whipped cream, fresh berries, and cinnamon or mint leaf. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and serve with sausage.
Dreams Sausage Strata
Recipe by Dreams of Yesteryear, Stevens Point
12 slices white bread, crusts removed
3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 pound Italian sausage, browned
8 large eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Grease or spray a 9x12-inch cake pan. Line the bottom of the sish with bread. Sprinkle the cheese then the sausage over the top. In a large bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and spices. Pour the mixture over the bread, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
The following morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes.