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Poached Pears

Poached Pears are a sweet and warm treat to start your breakfast on Cape Cod. With brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this dish is a well suited to winter. We frequently make this with Bartlett pears but any pear will work well.

* For an extra treat replace the yogurt with frozen custard and serve warm.

Our poached pears recipe was given to us by our dear friend Ilona. Many of you may know her because she has been helping us out in the office since we bought the Palmer House.  Over the years we have developed a few modifications that reduce the preparation time. This is a big plus when we are making breakfast for forty.

First, we use a melon baller scoop to core the pears. One scoop and it is done. This leaves a nice neat little hollow to pour the brown sugar sauce into, when serving. I also buy tubs of soft butter and I always have one that is not refrigerated. Therefore, it is easier to dab the butter on the back of each pear. The last little short cut that Bill came up with, is to combine the spices together in a 2 oz shaker bottle. He just measures out the spices, stirs them up and snaps on the perforated top. Then we just shake a little on each pear and pop them into the oven. This spice mixture is great to sprinkle into the egg and milk mixture for French toast.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much at home as you did at the Inn.

Go to our website for the full recipe.

A Sumptuous Start to Your Day on Cape Cod

Enjoy the dining experience at this Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast.

At The Palmer House Inn our two to four course Cape Cod Gourmet breakfasts are always an event. Sit in the sun dappled breakfast room, as the aroma of fresh brewed coffee fills the room and enjoy a delightful meal. We use the finest ingredients and local Cape Cod grown and produced foods. Meals usually consist of a fruit starter, followed by a sweet or savory main dish.

The Inn’s organic herb garden, called The Humble Innkeeper’s Garden, is one of the secluded nooks where you can spend time relaxing. Many of the garnishes for the breakfasts are picked each day from this garden to ensure top quality ingredients are used.

Palmer House favorites include:

Baked pears in brown sugar and spice followed by gingerbread pancakes with lemon sauce and crispy bacon, or Palmer House cranberry sorbet followed by atlantic salmon quiche with cream cheese and a bagel.

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You can find this recipe and many more in the Inn’s recipe book, Favorite Recipes of The Palmer House Inn. Order a copy for yourself  (at blurb.com, http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1373050 ). This 120 page (7×7 inches or 18×18 cm, printed four-color) book is a collection of traditional New England recipes and modern variations is beautifully illustrated with color photographs by L. V. O’Connell. With over 50 recipes and images of the Inn, this makes for a lovely memento of your visit to the Palmer House and the Cape.

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