Black Friday Breakfast Recipes: One Sweet, One Savory

November 23, 2015 | By | Comments (3)


There’s nothing more classically Southern than good old-fashioned hospitality. With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching many of you will undoubtedly have a house full of holiday and weekend guests so what better way to welcome them than with a delicious post-Thanksgiving breakfast to nourish their bellies for a day of Black Friday shopping?

Whether you’re entertaining for two or twenty here are two to-die-for fall inspired recipes for both the sweet and savory breakfast palettes that are easy to make and will impress your most discriminating foodie friends. For these delicious recipes, we reached out to Chef Alain and Celeste Borel, a husband and wife team and the owners of the award winning L’Auberge Provençale, a historic inn with a fine dining restaurant located in Boyce, Virginia.


Built in 1753, L’Auberge Provençale is the quintessential historic French Country Inn, tucked into the folds of the scenic Shenandoah Valley. Guests can explore the region’s nearby wineries and vineyards, antique stores, or spend the day hiking, biking, and horseback riding while enjoying majestic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. When the sun finally sets and it’s time to dine, there’s no more pleasant surprise than award-winning cuisine where you don’t expect it. L’Auberge Provençale may be “in the middle of nowhere”, but it’s barely an hour from Washington, DC and offers an upscale paradise off the beaten path steeped in American history.


Married for 33 years and owners of the inn since 1981, both Chef Alain and Celeste come from culinary backgrounds. The inn’s restaurant is four-diamond rated, and Chef Alain has received many honors for his cuisine including being named Great Country Inn Chef at the James Beard Foundation and featured in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine just to name a few.  Alain has been filmed by the Discovery Channel’s “Great Chefs of the East” and the inn has also been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Country Inns”. Although Chef Alain is no longer Executive Chef for the restaurant (don’t worry, he still contributes his thoughts about what is on the menu), he still creates the breakfast menu and makes it every morning for his guests. And despite his long line of distinguished accolades he provided us two easy to follow recipes that will have your guests thinking that you are a rock star chef!


Pumpkin Pancakes with Ginger Butter



3 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


2 cups pumpkin puree

3 eggs

3 cups milk

3 oz canola oil


Add dry to wet until just mixed

Add to warm to hot non-stick pan, allow to brown

Flip with spatula when bubbles start to appear on pancake

Cook 35-40 more seconds, then serve

Ginger Butter


1/2 cup of softened butter

Whip with 1 tsp of chopped candied ginger


Roll into a cylinder, wrap in plastic wrap


Slice into 1/4 inch per order, then serve on top of pancakes


Harvest Apple Melt


Slice of brioche

Apple butter

Sliced ham

Sliced apple – sautéed in butter only

Grated cheddar cheese



Toast brioche

Spread with apple butter

Layer with ham first, then add layer of apples

Cover with shredded cheddar & broil till cheese is melted

Drizzle with honey, then serve


Should you be inspired to experience the inn along with food and wine first hand, L’Auberge Provençale features eleven French-inspired guest rooms and suites at their main property and three additional guest rooms and suites at the sister property, Villa La Campagnette, just three miles from the inn. Both properties feature beautifully landscaped grounds and luxury amenities with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will be headed there in a few weeks and we simply cannot wait to experience the farm to table breakfast and dinner menus and to meet Celeste and Chef Alain and their son Christian, who also works at the inn as their Certified Sommelier and Front of House Manager at the restaurant. We will fill you in once we get back! In the meantime, we are dying to know if you are either sweet or savory when it comes to your breakfasts?

Photos courtesy of: L’Auberge Provençale & Jumping Rocks Photography


  1. La Table at L’Auberge Provençale: Gastro Heaven With a Pinch of History | Southern Living Blog

    […] expert. But I do know when something amazing touches my palate. Before the holidays we wrote about L’Auberge Provençale, a historic Virginia bed and breakfast located in the Shenandoah Valley an hour west of DC, and […]

    January 29, 2016 at 8:00 am
  2. Meggen and Peter Taylor

    Thanks Laura @Borlago! Did you get to try the pancakes? We are so glad to hear that you have been inspired!

    December 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  3. Laura Borgo (@BORLAGO)

    Great article Meggen! Pancakes are one of my all time favourite foods, so thanks for recipe. Can’t wait to make these on my next lazy Sunday, and also visiting this incredible property someday. One more for the bucket list!

    November 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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