Judging by name alone, half of a bed and breakfast’s appeal is breakfast - a distinction that earns the winner of BedandBreakfast.com’s first-ever Breakfast Recipe Challenge good reason to take pride in the victory.
Having taken a cue from March Madness, BedandBreakfast.com kicked off the contest on March 19. From more than 100 recipes, with the help of Budget Travel's Danielle Contray and Helen Anders from The Austin American-Statesman, B&B.com employees selected 16 contenders before approximately 1,050 Facebook fans perused them all to vote on the very best.
Before I share the grand prize winner and their recipe (as well as those of runners-up), innkeepers may be interested in knowing that in a recent survey of B&B travelers, BedandBreakfast.com found that one breakfast was a runaway favorite: bacon and eggs.
No doubt a shock to innkeepers who prefer to dazzle their guests with elaborate breakfast entrees, this All-American meal was chosen by 47 percent of respondents. Next came the carb-centric trio of pancakes, waffles, and bagels which, at 24 percent, tied with the healthier option of fruit, yogurt, and granola. In the back of the pack were hot and cold cereals and protein shakes and breakfast smoothies at only about 3 percent. The survey also found that savory edges out sweet; guests prefer juice over milk; and donuts run neck in neck with donut holes.
Now, ignore what you’ve just read about bacon and eggs because the winning recipe is…
First Place: Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles with Mint Buttercream and Strawberry Sauce
Yet only 35 votes separated the waffles from its closest competitor…
Pumpkin Pancakes with Carmelized Pecans, Whipped Cream and Ginger Syrup
Developed by the Gracehill Bed and Breakfast in Townsend, Tennessee, you don’t have to go to the extent Kathleen Janke does when preparing this dish (she serves it by candlelight as part of a three-course breakfast) – but you can find her runner-up recipe here.
Others in the ‘Foodie Four’
Others in the Eggscellent Eight
• Wild Mushroom and Gruyere Soufflé with a Thyme Cream from Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in Camden, Maine.
The Remaining Top 16
• Baked Eggs with Roasted Red Pepper and Chardonnay Sauce from The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Port Haywood, Virginia.