Blueberry Streusel Topped Muffins

July 10th, 2017

Absolutely, positively our guests favorite muffins – this is truly one of the best I’ve ever had and our guests agree! A nice soft muffin with a crunchy streusel topping. Of course, the addition of Wild Maine Blueberries only make them even better (and you get a good dose of antioxidants too so, technically, these are health food!) I really feel it’s the yogurt and oil, instead of butter, that makes this muffin so perfect.

Muffins:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup (8 oz) lemon yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs yogurt and oil; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full.

For topping, combine sugar and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs; sprinkle about 1 tablespoon over each muffin.

Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack. Makes about 1 dozen muffins! If you’re using a jumbo muffin pan, expect 6 BBM’s (big beautiful muffins!)

 

Of course, if you’re not a fan of blueberries (huh? what!?) you could easily substitute raspberries, blackberries or chopped strawberries! I’ve also used vanilla and strawberry yogurt instead of lemon.

Indulge!

Maine Chocolate Espresso Mousse (not Moose!)

July 8th, 2017

One of my all time, forever and ever, favorite-for-as-long-as-I-live indulgences is Chocolate Mousse – (the light and airy kind not the heavy dense kind!)

Heaven!

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

2 Tbsp, Dutch process cocoa

5 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp Brandy

1 tsp instant espresso powder ( enhances chocolate flavor)

2 large eggs, seperated  (we use farm fresh eggs from our friend’s chickens in Bass Harbor, Maine)

1 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 Cup + 2 Tbsp heavy cream, chilled

 

Combine chocolate, cocoa, water, brandy and espresso powder in medium heatproof bowl set over saucepan filled with 1 inch of barely simmering water, stir frequently until smooth. Remove from heat.

Whisk egg yolks, 1 1/2 tsp sugar and salt in bowl until mixture lightens in color and thickens slightly. Pour melted chocolate into egg mixture and whisk until combined. Let cool until almost room temperature.

Using a sand mixer fitted with whisk, whip egg whites on  medium low speed until foamy- approx 1-2 minutes. Add remaining 1 1/2 tsp sugar, increase speed to medium high and whip until glossy soft peaks form. (Do not over whip – remember, we want this to be light and airy!)

Using a whisk, stir about 1/4 of whipped egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in remaining egg whites with rubber spatula until just a few white streaks remain – do not over blend.

In a  mixer bowl, whip heavy cream on medium speed until it  begins to  thicken. Increase speed to high and whisk until soft peaks form. Use a rubber spatula, fold whipped cream into mousse until no white streaks remain. Spoon Mousse into individual serving dishes (6 to 8 servings) – cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours) prior to serving.

Chocolate Mousse is always a simply elegant dessert – serve this at your next special celebration (or just make some to celebrate you!) and impress your friends!

 

 

 

White Chocolate Chewy Chocolate Cookies

July 6th, 2017

This has to be one of our absolute most requested cookie – great chocolate flavor and, most importantly, just the right degree of chewiness!

1 cup butter softened (we use Kerrygold)

2 cups granulated white sugar

2 large eggs (we use farm fresh)

2 tsp vanilla extract (REAL vanilla extract, not the fake stuff!)

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( we use a dutch process cocoa)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 2/3 cups white chocolate chips ( we use 3 cups – yes, that’s right!)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixer bowl, cream together butter & sugar until smooth. Add , one at a time, mixing in well. Add vanilla extract. Combine dry ingredients and mix into the creamed mixture. Fold in white chocolate chips. Drop by spoonful (I use my grandmother’s antique ice cream scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheet. (I line my sheet pan with parchment paper for easy clean up -remember to recycle the paper when finished!)

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set. For the ideal texture, do not over bake. I remove cookies from oven just before they are finished and I allow them to finish off on the hot baking sheet for a few minutes. Perfect!

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins – are they muffins or doughnuts?

December 12th, 2014

 

(photo courtesy of Back in the Day Bakery)

DOUGHNUT.

DONUT.

Whichever way you choose to spell it, these muffins will definitely satisfy any craving or nostalgia you may be experiencing for an old fashioned sugared doughnut. This recipe actually originates from one of our all-time favorite bakeries located in the beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Ga.

Quite often, guests inquire as to how we spend our winters here in Maine. Well, this is how we deal – we steal away to Savannah and indulge at a special place called Back In The Day Bakery. When we can’t be in Savannah, we make do by whipping up these muffins for breakfast for our guests!

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 t. fine sea salt
  • 2  1/2 tsp. baking powder (preferably aluminum-free)
  • 1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 t. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 c. + 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • 2 T. buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs,  room temperature

 

Coating

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 T. cinnamon

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F degrees, lightly spray 12 large muffin cups with vegetable oil spray.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and buttermilk.

In a large mixing bowl, at medium speed, cream  butter for 2-3 minutes. Turn speed to low and gradually add sugar. Continue to mixuntil the mixture lightens in color.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until combined. Add dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until smooth, do not overmix.

With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling spproximately two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch and lightly golden.

While the muffins bake, set up two bowls to dunk them in. In one bowl you’ll have the melted butter, in the other bowl you’ll have cinnamon and sugar.

Let the doughnuts cool completely on a wire rack. Dunk them in the melted butter, then coat with the cinnamon and sugar. The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

 

There ya have it – easy as pie doughnuts!  Indulge!



Music, Music & more Music!

April 15th, 2014

I think we can all agree that music is one of the two universally loved aspects of life. The other would be food.  When we travel, we love to sample as much food and drink as we can in an area and we also try to take in some type of local entertainment such as a play, opera or concert.

We find that many of our guests are interested in such things, too! while Mount Desert Island does have some wonderful local productions –  Acadia Repertory Theatre,  Mount Desert Summer Chorale, Festival of Chamber Music along with the local community band, local performers at area restaurants  & pubs  and comedic entertainment at ImprovAcadia.

A great addition to mid-Maine  has been the newer Bangor Waterfront Pavillion which has drawn some very big name performers.

 

So, while you’re visiting us here on MDI, you may want to head out for the evening and take in one of the concerts they have scheduled for the 2014 season.  Bangor is only about an hour from us, so you can easily take in a show and return back here to commence hiking, biking and exploring Acadia the next day. One of many great day trips with Clark Point Inn as your home base!

Bangor Waterfront Concerts 2014 Schedule:

Rise Above Fest –  May 10

Tim McGraw – May 29

Celtic Woman – The Emerald Tour – May 30

Dave Matthews Band – June 6

Brad Paisley – June 15

Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss & Union Station – June 19

Boston – July 2

Styx & Foreigner – July 5

Bad Company & Lynard Skynard – July 10

Queens of the Stoneage – July 12

Sarah McLachlan – July 18

Steely Dan – August 29

Lady Antebellum – August 30

Jason Aldean – August 31

New shows are being added all the time!

 

 

Our New Sunroom!

September 4th, 2012

From the day we bought our little coastal Maine inn, we have had a list of things we planned to do. Over the course of 5 years, we have gradually worked our way through a large list of projects.

This past spring we completed our most recent, “big” project – the addition of our new 3 season sun room! Well, it’s not exactly “new”, but kinda it is.  As all of our return guests know, the inn already had a front porch we just converted to a glassed in room!

Since Mark is a builder anyway, projects like this, are easily handled by us – this sunroom project taking us all of about a weekend-and-a-half!

While the open porch was much enjoyed the way it was, turning it into a sunroom has allowed it to be even more versatile. Early spring mornings, late fall evenings and rainy days find many a guest relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.

We would have posted about our new room sooner but, you see, we have been way to busy chatting with and entertaining our guests while they are very much enjoying the new 3-season sunroom! We look forward to seeing you soon – we’ll save a spot for ya on the sunporch!

Treasures from Seal Harbor Beach, Maine

January 8th, 2012

Today we paid a visit to Seal Harbor Beach which is located about 20 minutes from Southwest Harbor. It is a smaller beach and,in the summer, a bit quieter than Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Whenever I visit Seal Harbor Beach, I always walk away with a few ocean treasures – sea glass, shells, urchins, etc.

These are the treasures I brought home today… a baby Sand Dollar, 2 Periwinkles and a (somewhat) Heart Shaped Rock.

I happen to have a collection of heart shaped rocks, well, I have only 3 but it’s still a collection. It also happens that I found every one of them on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park!

We can’t wait to see what treasures you’ll  discover during your visit to our Southwest Harbor bed & breakfast on Mount Desert Island, Maine!

Happy New Year!Cheers to 2012!

December 31st, 2011

Happy New Year!

Is it just me or was it only yesterday that there was all the hub-bub concerning Y2k? Here we are all ready to celebrate 2012 – WoW… just …WoW!

Whatever you are participating in tonight be safe & smart. We are looking forward to 2012 and would love to have the opportunity to have you as our guests.

We are accepting 2012 reservations at our Southwest Harbor, Maine  bed & breakfast, so give us a call! We’re minutes from Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor but we have lots of peace & quiet.

 We have a great special we are offering for the dates of May 1,2012 – June 15,2012 – with your 3 night reservation, we are treating you to a delectable box of Black Dinah Chocolates! So mention our Spring Fever Inndulgence 2012 special when you call!

2011 was a great year here at Clark Point Inn. Wonderful guests, great weather, fun activities…lots of memories made!

Let’s make 2012 our best year yet – live simply, love deeply and laugh often!

Happy New Year from your friends at Clark Point Inn in Southwest Harbor,Maine!

Made in Maine- the way Christmas should be

December 11th, 2011

Maine is a state that is chock full of uber talented folks dreaming up and bringing to life a wealth of  high quality, unique, handcrafted creations.

Simply meandering along Route 1 will expose you to numerous galleries, wineries, breweries, artisan workshops, craft co-ops, photographers – you name it. And there’s  a lot more to Maine than just what is along Route 1!

If you would like to see just how many talented folks are out there roaming around the state, just take a look at the following websites:

                                                         

                                    www.UnitedMaineCraftsmen.org

                                                       www.MaineMade.com

                                            www.DesigningWomen.org

                                                  www.GiftedHandShow.com

Being a crafter/creator/artist myself  (and member of the United Maine Craftsmen) I have many other Maine artists that I admire and have a great appreciation for the time and effort they  put into their creations- whether it is food, jewelry, photography, decor…

So, I just thought I would offer up a few of my personal favorites that just might help you with your gift list this year. While I am not affiliated with any of these businesses,I  have met many of the owners in person and can tell you that they are all wonderful, talented folks!

 
 
 
 

Once upon a time, there was a little island off the coast of Maine called Isle au Haut where two people, named Kate & Steve, made the best chocolates EVER! Well, lucky for us, they are still there and are doing what they do best, making chocolates that are so yummy I have trouble finding the words to describe. Many of our guests have had their romantic stay at Clark Point Inn enhanced with these bits of Heaven. We hope that when you visit us you'll want us to order some for you too! Not just the chocolates, but the bark and the sipping chocolate and the froglets and the... They are life changing!

 

Crafted in our hometown of Houlton in Aroostook County, Maine! It's cocktail time!

Stunning pewter jewelry handcrafted in the Old Port District of Portland, Maine

Ever heard of Maine Potato Candy? Well, this is it!

Bradbury Maple Frams in Bridgewater,Maine is where we purchase our supply of Main Maple Syrup. When you pay us a visit here at the inn, you're guaranteed that we'll be serving this for breakfast!

Love, Love, Love these fun, funky lipbalms...and "Lulu" is so friendly, too!

Quite possibly, J.Kevin White is my favorite photographer. He is a fellow member of the United Maine Craftsmen and has some fabulous still life images. I can never decide which ones I want to purchase!

www.jkwhitephoto.com

talk about a delicious Christmas dinner! There are plenty of lobster shacks, companies & fisherman that are happy to ship out their freshly caught lobsters to your loved ones!

Oh and we can’t forget about…

A bed & breakfast experience at our Southwest Harbor,Maine inn! We have gift certificates in any amount and it's not too late to have one sent out before Christmas! Give us a call - 207-244-9828!

So there you have it…our suggestions for  from-the-heart Made in Maine gifts! it just so happens, that we offer all of these items in our “Delightful” gift shoppe here at the inn! So nxt time you visit us, you can do a little shopping for yourself!
Well, not all of them…we don’t sell lobster or the vodka but, when you visit, we’ll mix you up a cocktail and be sure to indulge you in some fresh Maine lobster at breakfast!
Merry Christmas from Clark Point Inn – Southwest Harbor, Maine!

White Chocolate Lavender Biscotti

July 3rd, 2011

Here’s a batch of  our homemade White Chocolate Lavender Biscotti! A couple months back, I picked up a container of culinary lavender at the Glendarragh Lavender Farm shop in Camden, Maine.

Let me tell you, it is a very relaxing store to browse in! You’ll probably

 find yourself to be pretty relaxed while baking the biscotti as the lavender scent is just fabulous.