We’ve been getting quite a few requests for our Pecan French Toast Bake. Ten minutes prep before you go to bed and another ten minutes in the morning make this a simple dish that will please your breakfast crowd.
- Loaf of challah bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 8 large eggs
- 3 cups of buttermilk
- 2/3 cups of heavy cream
- 1/3 cup of Bailey’s Irish cream
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans
- Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray
- Place two layers of Challah bread into baking pan. Bread will not evenly fit in pan so tear small pieces to fill gaps.
- Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, heavy cream, Bailey’s Irish cream, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a large bowl until well combined.
- Pour egg wash over bread in baking pan
- After ensuring bread is soaked in egg wash, cover with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and pecans and mix until crumbly.
- Spread topping over Challah bread.
- Bake at 350 for approximately one hour. Bread should rise out of pan and appear puffy when ready.
- Cool for ten minutes and serve. Add whip cream and/or sliced bananas for extra fun.
January 1st hits and Value Season begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This time of the year features great deals, smaller crowds and beautiful wintertime scenes. How can you make the most of it?
1) Book package deals and promotions. January and February are the two slowest months of the year in western NC and accommodations are eager to bring you to town. You’ll find the lowest rates of the year and fantastic packages which include entertainment and dining. Look at third party sites such as Booking.com and Expedia and promotional sites such as TravelZoo and Groupon Travel. Many properties including 1898 Waverly will match offers found here.
2) Don’t shy away from the cold. Some of the best scenery in the NC mountains can be found in the winter. Bundle up, head out and bring a camera. Waterfalls can be especially beautiful when temps approach freezing. If weather permits, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway where amazing vistas only require a short exit from your warm vehicle.
3) Stay warm with good spirits. Western NC is becoming the premier destination in the US for craft breweries, vineyards and cideries. Asheville now has the most breweries per capita of any city in the nation and our small town of Hendersonville ranks even higher with one brewery for every 3,500 people and more on the way. Flat Rick Ciderworks, Southern Appalachian, Sanctuary and Basic Brewery are all within short walks of each other. St. Paul and Burntshirt Vineyards in Henderson County are open seven days a week and short drives from downtown. Head to Mills River and experience the Disney World of breweries at Sierra Nevada or get another pint of cider at Bold Rock.
4) Have Biltmore all to yourself The Christmas decorations are gone after the first weekend of January but so are the crowds and higher ticket prices. You’ll find a more leisurely experience and ticket prices up to 33% less.
5) Stroll Downtown Hendersonville Enjoy a more personal experience in winter months at our eclectic shops and restaurants. Almost all of Hendersonville’s downtown merchants and restaurants are independent and you’ll receive extra special attention from owners who are often on site during your visit.