Inn Recipes

Most Requested Recipes from The Governor’s House in Hyde Park

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Vermont Maple Baked Eggs

Toll House Cookies

Oven-Baked French Toast

Vermont Maple Oat Scones

Chicken Tea Sandwiches

Shortbread Cookies

Cheese Scones

New England Apple Quick

Pumpkin Bread

Country Tomato Soup

Vermont Maple Pecan Rolls

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Vermont Maple Baked Eggs

Melt 2 tablespoons butter
Add 2 tablespoons real maple syrup

Remove crusts from 2 slices of white bread and roll thin.
Slather with above mixture.
Fold into greased muffin tin and break one egg into each.
Bake at 425° until egg white is set.

Oven-Baked French Toast

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2  tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbls. corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Line a greased flat casserole with slices of white bread.
Mix all other ingredients and pour over bread.
Cover and chill overnight.
Mix chopped pecans, brown sugar and corn syrup and crumble over mixture.
Bake 50 minutes. at 350°.
Serve immediately.

Apple Breakfast Cake

1 package yellow cake mix       1/2 cup oil
4 large eggs                                 1 cup sour cream
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 crisp apples                             1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Beat cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream together for five minutes.
Spread in  well-greased tube pan.
Peel and slice apples and then toss with sugar and cinnamon.
Swirl apples through batter.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 eggs                               1 cup milk
1 tsp.cinnamon              1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 and 3/4 cups pancake mix
extra milk for thinning batter

Whisk the eggs, milk, oil & pumpkin well.
Add cinnamon & nutmeg and whisk until well blended.
Stir in pancake mix until just evenly moist.
Let it rest 10 minutes.
Thin with milk to a consistency that will spread on the griddle.
Pour about 1/3 cup on hot griddle, flip to the other side when it bubbles.
Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.

Oven-Baked Pancake

2 large eggs                    1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla           1/2  cup flour

Mix all ingredients andthen whisk briskly.
Melt a bit of butter in each baking pan (about 5 ” sq.)
Pour about 1/3 cup mixture into each pan.
Bake at 450° until edges are golden.
Remove carefully to plates.Fill with fruit.
Add whipped cream, cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup from Vermont!

Curried Eggs

Simple white sauce with a bit of curry powder
English muffins
Very thinly sliced ham
Eggs (2 – 4)

Hard boiled eggs are used in traditional curried eggs; the Governor’s House
version is put together more like eggs Benedict with poached eggs.
Make a simple medium thick white cream sauce
starting with about 1 Tbls. of fresh butter.
Add curry powder to taste, up to 1/3 tsp., and a bit of black pepper.
Keep it warm, stirring occasionally, but do not let it boil.
Poach eggs in salted water using egg rings and
while they cook do muffins and ham. Break English muffins apart and toast.
Warm ham in the microwave half a minute or less.
Place one slice of ham, then one poached egg on each muffin half and top with sauce.

Monte Cristo French Toast

A breakfast version of the classic sandwich. Serve it with maple syrup.
Make a batter of well-beaten eggs and cream, about one very large egg and one tablespoon or more of cream for two servings.
For each serving, holding two slices of bread together, cut off the crusts. (Soft white store bread works best.)
Make a sandwich with very thin ham and a slice of cheese (White American cheese works best.)
Dip all six sides in batter and fry all six sides on a lightly greased griddle.
It’s easiest to fry three or four at a time since you have to hold them while the edges are frying.


 Vermont Maple Oat Scones

3/4 cup oat flour                                   1 1/4 cup flour
1 Tblsp. baking powder                       3/4  tsp. salt
3 Tblsp. maple sugar                           1/4 cup cold butter
1/2  cup buttermilk (or skim)            1 beaten egg at room temp.

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in butter.
Make a well in the center.
Add milk to beaten egg and pour into dry mixture.
Fold it together lightly and form a ball.
Roll out on floured board to about one inch thick.
Cut and place on very lightly-greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 425° until lightly browned.

Cream Scones

2 cups flour                                       4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt                             1 Tablespon brown sugar
1/4 cup cold, fresh butter              2 beaten eggs at room temp.
3/4 cup cream

Sift flour with salt, baking powder and brown sugar.
Cut in butter.
Mix 1/2 cup cream with beaten eggs and pour into well in center of dry ingredients.
Gently fold in the egg mixture, adding more cream until it forms a ball.
Gently roll out to 3/4 – 1″ thickness on a floured board.
Cut circles with buscuit cutters or a small glass.
Bake on lightly-greased cookie sheet at 425° until golden.
Serve warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Cheese Scones

Follow the cream scones recipe above, but
add 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated.
Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and sprinkle on the cheese.
Fold and gently roll out again to 1 inch thick.
Cut into sandwich-sized squares, then into triangles.
Bake on lightly-greased cookie sheet at 425° until golden and cheese is melted.
Serve warm with jam.

Chicken Tea Sandwiches

1 cup cooked white chicken breast, chopped
1/3 cup real commercial mayonnaise
1 teaspoon curry powder
8 or 10 firm grapes, green or red

Mix the curry powder into the mayonnaise and stir into the chicken.
Chop grapes coarsely and mix into chicken.
Spread thinly on thin fine-grained white bread.
Remove crusts and cut into three or four small sandwiches.
Chicken which has been boiled or poached is best, but good quality canned chicken, well drained is quite good.

Banana Bread with Dates

3 ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup (or more) chopped dates

Mash the bananas. Add the eggs and beat very well.
Add sugar, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
Add flour and stir; then stir in dates.
Bake for 1 hour at 350° in four-inch wide loaf pan.
Cover with foil if it’s getting too dark.
Cool before slicing.

Short Bread Cookies

2 cups very fresh butter, soft        1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar                                       1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour

Cream the butter well, add sugar and salt and beat well.
Add the flour a little at a time and mix very thoroughly.
Roll out on well-floured board as thin as you dare.
Cut into small squares. Remove to an ungreased cookie sheet.
Prick each several times with the tines of a fork.
Bake at 325° until just beginning to show browning.
Baking time depends on thickness.
Cool completely.
Serve singly or sandwich two together with jam between.


Governor’s House Toll House Cookies

This is a house recipe for this ever-popular favorite. I have had Mrs. Wakefield’s delicious cookies at the Toll House; these are not the same, but just as good.

1/4 cup fresh butter               1/4 cup Crisco
1/2 cup sugar                           1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg                                           1 teaspoon vanilla
scant 1/2 teaspoon salt          1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 cup flour
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Cream softened butter and Crisco and both sugars together.
Add vanilla and egg and stir well.
Add baking soda and salt and mix well.
Add flour and stir until evenly mixed.
Add oatmeal and stir well.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
Flatten them a little with wet fingers.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes at 350°.

Country Tomato Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped or finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
20-oz. tomatoes (crushed)
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoon. brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon. salt
1/4 teasoon pepper

Sauté onion and garlic in oil for 5 mins.
Add chicken broth and tomatoes.
Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Pureé if the tomatoes are too chunky, or pureé just some of them.
Return to pot and add remaining ingredients to taste while warming, do not boil.
Vegetable stock may be substituted for chicken stock.
Plain yogurt may be substituted for the cream.
Makes 10 cups

Hot Chicken Salad

4 whole chicken breasts               2 eggs, hardboiled & sliced
2 cups chopped celery                  1 8-0z can water chestnuts, drained
1 cup sour cream                           1 cup maynonnaise
1/2 cup slivered almonds            2 tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon salt                               2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper          1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup canned cream of chicken soup

Poach or boil the chicken until cooked. Remove skin and bones.
Mix together well everything except the cheese .
Turn into a 9×13″ casserole. Top with cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
It may be topped with crushed canned onion rings or breadcrumbs.

Vermont Maple Pecan Rolls

3 cups warm water                   1 tablespoon. yeast
1/2 cup  honey                           about 8 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt                           1/4  cup canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoon butter           2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2cup chopped pecans

Dissolve yeast in warm water, add honey and 4 cups of flour. Mix well.
Let this sponge rise, covered with a damp cloth until it’s light and bubbly.
Stir in salt and canola oil.
Knead in as much flour as you must to make a firm dough.
Let rise several hours until double.
Punch it down and let it rise again.
Melt the butter in a 9×13 pan.
Mix in the maple syrup and cover the bottom evenly with the pecans.
Rolls balls walnut to golf-ball size (all the same)and space evenly in pan to cover the bottom.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rise a bit.
Bake at 350° until very lightly golden on top.
Leave in the pan for a few minutes, then invert on the counter.
Best to do this part with some energy and a big bang!
It will use only about 1/3 of the dough so make bread or pizza with the rest.
I use King Arthur high gluten flour and dark maple syrup.

Pumpkin Bread

1/3 cup butter                         1 1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water                          3/4 cup mashed, cooked pumpkin
2 beaten eggs                          1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda        1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon           1 teaspoon ground clove
1 3/4 cups flour

Mix the first ten ingredients very well. Add the raisins.
Mix the flour in a little at a time and beat well.
Pour into a well-greased loaf pan and bake 1 hour at 350°.

Pumpkin Cookies

2 cups sugar                                  2 cups butter
2 eggs                                             2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups sifted white flour            1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda                       1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon                          1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice             2 cups raisins
1 16-oz can pumpkin or 2 cups cooked & mashed fresh pumpkin

Cream together sugar and softened butter.
Add pumpkin, eggs & vanilla and beat well.
Add baking powder, baking soda, and all spices.
Mix it together thoroughly and stir in raisins.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake 12 – 15 mins.
Cool & frost with vanilla frosting.

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New England Apple Quick

½   cup butter, melted                               1/2 teaspoon salt
½  cup brown sugar                                   1 tsp. cinnamon
½  cups flour                                               1 cup rolled oats
6 apples

Grease an 8 x 8″ pan.
Peel and core apples and thickly slice into buttered pan.
Mix sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon.
Pour melted butter into mixture, mix well, and sprinkle on apples.
Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
Top with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or sweetened condensed milk.
Also good if made with firm peaches.
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