Escape to Rancho Dos Amantes for a Romantic Getaway
Disconnect to reconnect on our farm as you roam our guest garden and cook in our commercial quality kitchen with freshly harvested vegetables. Close to the town of Paso Robles, famous for it's fine wines and beautiful lakes. Take a wine tour of local vineyards or enjoy gourmet dining and a stroll through the park.
Considering making a special treat for a loved one?
Try out this decadent recipe:
Chocolate Chocolate Tart
- 1 ½ cups AP flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 65% cocoa if marked), chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 ¾ ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon warm water
equipment: a 9 inch round fluted tart pan (1 inch deep)
- Make the crust: Prepare crust by combining all crust ingredients in a food processor. Process until a ball a forms. press into a tart pan bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before filling.
- Make the filling: Bring cream to a boil, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir until smooth. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, and salt in another bowl, then stir into melted chocolate.
- Pour filling into cooled crust. Bake until filling is set about 3 inches from edge but center is still wobbly, 20 to 25 minutes. (Center will continue to set as tart cools.) Cool completely in pan on rack, about 1 hour.
- Make the glaze: Bring cream to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until smooth. Stir in corn syrup, then warm water Pour glaze onto tart, then tilt and rotate tart so glaze coats top evenly. Let stand until glaze is set, about 1 hour.
Hand picked and pressed olive oil
Our olive tree orchard is really coming along! With over 30 trees and 3 years growth time, they are established and fruiting! This year we teamed up with friends Sharon and Greg to harvest and press our very own olive oil.
a note about NIÇOISE olives
"Grown on a variety of olive tree called "Le Cailletier," demure Niçoise olives are a crucial ingredient in the classic dishes of the French Riviera—think salade Niçoise and tapenade. But they're equally wonderful nibbled on their own. A bit assertive, but not overpowering, the Niçoise has an enticingly herbal fragrance with faint notes of licorice."
As adapted from A Beginner's Guide To Olives
Carrot Top Pesto
Pesto is a sauce with many uses and different methods to make it. Did you know you can make it with the greens from carrots? Minimal waste, maximum taste! Heres how:
- Add carrot tops, walnut halves, garlic, and salt to the food processor. Turn food processor on high. Add Parmesan cheese and continue to process until smooth.
- 2 cups carrot tops, washed with stems removed
- 1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
This pesto was made to serve with our farm fresh carrots that were picked from the garden just this morning. We drizzled a little homemade olive oil, salt, and pepper over the carrots and roasted them at 425 for 20 minutes. Then toss with pesto and serve!
Stay tuned to our next blog to learn about our olive orchard and the making of our fresh olive oil!
Come celebrate the New Year at Rancho Dos Amantes!
ENJOY COOKING, DANCING OR JUST KICKING BACK iN OUR SPACIOUS RENTAL ESTATE while counting down to 2017! WE INVITE YOU TO STAY WITH US, ENJOY THE CALM AND RELAXING ENVIRONMENT, UNWIND ON THE PATIOS, WANDER THE GARDENs AND FEEL LIKE A CHEF IN OUR COMMERCIAL QUALITY KITCHEN. Our three Casitas sleep up to 12 guests and are each equipped with a complimentary bottle of champagne!
RANCHO DOS AMANTES IS A BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA-COUNTRY FARM STAY BED & BREAKFAST LOCATED ON A 40 ACRE RANCH TUCKED AWAY IN THE HEART OF THE CENTRAL COAST WINE COUNTRY.
A unique place where we invite you to disconnect in order to reconnect to a simpler way of being. Our farm stay bed & breakfast is a scenic 25 mile drive away from downtown Paso Robles, California. We are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of urban life surrounded by open fields and ancient oak trees.
We are a little out of the way, a lot out of the ordinary.