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Recipe: Brownies

Sure, you could just buy a box, but you can really taste the love in our delicious homemade recipe!


1 ½ Cups Flour
2/3 Cups Cocoa
1 Tsp Salt
2 Cups Sugar
1-Cup Oil
2 Tsp Vanilla
4 Eggs
1 Cup chopped Nuts

Mix dry ingredients together then add liquids. Mix well. Put in pan and bake (depending on pan do not grease) Bake at 325- 350-degree oven, 20-25 mins (should look dry on top and not feel soggy) 9×13 pan.


¾ Cup Butter
Half & Half
2 TBSP Cocoa
1 Tsp Vanilla
Powdered Sugar
Melt butter in saucepan. Add cocoa and cook stirring.1 minute so fully incorporated. Remove from heat Start adding powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until it makes a stiff ball or paste. Add vanilla and stir. Start adding ½ & ½ by the tsp stirring in between until spreading consistency.

Recipe: Biscotti Toscani

Biscotti are crunchy and delicious twice-baked almond biscuits that originated in the city of Prato, Italy. They are best enjoyed dunked in a cup of steaming coffee.

1/3 C Butter
¾ C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
¼ tsp Almond extract
2 tsp Orange zest
2 ¼ C Flour, all-purpose
1 ½ tsp Baking powder
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Salt
1 C Chocolate chips
½ C Almonds, toasted

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract and zest. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Stir into creamed mixture until just blended. Form into 2 long loaves about 12 inches long, flatten slightly. Place the loaves about 4 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. With serrated knife, cut into slices ½-inch thick. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet and bake another 10 minutes, turning once. Cool.

They may be coated with melted chocolate.

Recipe: Bavarian Cream

Bavarian Cream is a smooth and rich gelatin dessert. Enjoy it with a fruit or chocolate sauce served on top!

Granulated Sugar……….. 1 cup
Unflavored Gelatin……… 2 Tablespoons
Egg Yolks………………….. 8 or 9 (3/4 cup)
Milk………………………….. 1 quart

Blend sugar & gelatin together, blend in egg yolks until smooth.
Scald milk & whip in slowly. Place in a double boiler or steam
kettle and cook slowly to 185 degrees stirring constantly. DO NOT
Place cooked mixture in ice bath until COLD and beginning to set…
stir occasionally.

Whip together until stiff:
Whip topping…………….. 2 cups
Powdered Sugar…………. 1/4 cup
Vanilla………………………. 1 Tablespoon

Fold whip topping into cooled cooked mixture until smooth and
lump free. Pour into molds or a 9 x 13 inch pan and refrigerate until
set and firm. Unmold or cut into shapes and serve with a fruit sauce
or chocolate sauce.

For chocolate Bavarian cream:
Add 2 oz. unsweetened and 9 oz. sweet chocolate to the hot milk.
For mocha Bavarian cream:
Add 3 Tbsp instant coffee to the hot milk
For almond Bavarian cream:
Add 1 Tbsp pure almond extract to the whip topping mixture. (if
using syrups such as Irish cream may need to add more to desired

Recipe: Borscht

Perfect for cool fall days, Borscht is a hearty soup with roots that reach back to many Eastern and Central European nations. We hope you and your family enjoy this delicious, wintry treat.

Serves 6 to 8

1 pound beef brisket
2 pounds fresh beets
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup finely chopped onion
16-ounce can tomatoes, including juice
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 cups beef broth
4 cups coarsely shredded cabbage
½ pound thick-sliced ham, cut into small pieces
2 bay leaves
5 to 6 sprigs parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 cup sour cream

Put the brisket in a pan of boiling water and cook over moderate heat for 15 minutes. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 ¼ hours, partially covered. Remove the beef from the water, allow it to cool and cut it into small pieces.

Wash the beets but do not peel them; trim away the leaves carefully, leaving 1 inch of stem attached. (This will prevent the beets from “bleeding” into the water.) Put them in a large saucepan with enough salted water to cover and simmer slowly for 35 to 45 minutes, or until tender. Remove the beets from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and allow them to cool slightly. Remove the skins (it is easiest to rub them away with your fingertips rather than try to peel them with a knife or vegetable peeler) and grate the beets coarsely.

Heat the butter in an 8-quart saucepan, add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not brown. Add the beets, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 1 cup of the beef broth, cover the pan and simmer for 50 minutes.

Add the remaining broth to the pan. Stir in the shredded cabbage, the ham and the beef and return the mixture to the boil. Tie the bay leaves and parsley sprigs together and add them to the soup. Simmer, partly covered, for 25 to 35 minutes.

Just before serving, discard the parsley and bay leaves, and pour the soup into a tureen. Garnish with chopped dill and pass the sour cream separately, to be spooned on top of each serving.

Another Beshara

Please help us welcome the newest Beshara to the Colonial House Restaurant & Bar family! Eleanor Ruby made her entrance into the world on August 2nd. Great Grandpa Bill couldn’t be prouder.


Colonial Housers Walking for a Cause

ALS-Walk-SignOn Saturday, June 27th, Colonial House friends and family tied their laces for a cause. A cause that we stand behind. It was a two mile trek that started at Memorial Park Band Shell at ten in the morning.

This walk raises money for a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis); a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease’. The walk also brings hope to people living with ALS and is an opportunity to come together for something you care about. Plus, it is a tad bit warmer than dumping an ice bucket over your head.

ALS-Walk-group-photoCurrently only 89% of the $40,000 goal has been raised for the Rapid City Walk to
Defeat ALS. You may still contribute to this year’s event by visiting, clicking on the ‘Walk to Defeat ALS’ and searching for the Rapid City event. Funds raised stay in our area to sustain care services and support research.

Meet the Barkeep, Dani Kuhl


“When you turn 15 you come work for me,” Bob Beshara said to Sue’s doe eyed daughter. Sue Wherry served tables at the restaurant for 10 years! “Ok,” squeaked little Dani.

So on the day of her 15th birthday Dani came back to the Colonial House and filled out an application and Bob hired her on the spot. She started off bussing and eventually hosted with Nany at the till. Dani worked with us from 1990-94. She moved on and out into the world.

She spread her wings and felt the sun upon her cheek. Dani got married and had two adorable children. She worked here and there crafting cocktails and cracking open brewskies. But something burned deep.

She knew something was missing and she felt a yearning to return to the place that she had started. So, in March of 2015 she came back to us and we received her with open arms. Dani’s hard work ethic hadn’t waned and her ability to craft an amazing cocktail was much improved.

Dani put her hand to work revitalizing a dusty drink menu. Her finger prints are all over the rebirth of Colonial House cocktails. She’s raised the bar making drinks fresh, hand squeezed, with lots of love, and plenty of spirit.

Quite simply, her drink menu is a fantastic piece of art. If you haven’t recently been in to the bar at the Colonial House you’re missing out on one of the freshest, most talented, and dare I say cutest bar keeps in all of the Black Hills. Come in and say “Hi” to Dani, she’ll get you taken care of.

-Max Beshara