Yellow flowers



March 2012


Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Secrets from Latil's Landing


Latil's Braided Bread

Makes 1, 1 pound loaf

 Braided Bread

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

2/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

2 tablespoons butter, melted


 In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine

milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened

but not melted.Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring


Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2

cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together,

turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8


Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with

oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume,

about 1 hour. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll

each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the

two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring.

Seal the ends of the ring together. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel.

Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden.

Luck Be a Lady.....Tonight
As Seen by Princess Grace

Grace in green hat

I loved your questions on Facebook and Twitter. So, let me address a few of them. 
Q. Would I ever run for President?
A. Being President would be marvelous. However, I would have to leave my palace here and would be homesick for the smell of sugar cane and the breeze coming from the Mississippi River on a warm Spring day. Only at Houmas House can I nap under the mossy oaks and frolic in my gardens.  I take my job as Princess of the Sugar Palace very seriously, and couldn't leave my duties to anyone else.
Q. What is your favorite dish from Latil's Landing?
A. Wow, this is a tough one.  How do you choose just one from this delightful menu?  Did you know, that we grow all of our own fruits and vegetable in our garden?  Each week, I watch as new vegetables and herbs pop up and are hand selected to become the next creation in our restaurants.  If dining with us, I would suggest our tasting menu. It's divine, unique, and always created with love. 
Q. Can I meet you when I visit?
A. I love to meet our guests.  I'm always watching from my private royal chamber, but am available to meet you. Just ask for me.
Q. What will you wear for St. Patrick's Day?
A. I'm shopping for the perfect ensemble to go with my new hat above.  Isn't is lovely?


Princess Grace

 Is It the Luck of the Irish?
Thanks to our garden leprechaun, we're celebrating another lucky year.  Mother Nature has been good to us and nourished over 38 acres of bountiful gardens.  Visitors have come from across the globe to experience the Southern charm of the Sugar Plantation, bringing our visitation to an all time high. And we couldn't be more thrilled  to announce all the new expansions taking place this year.  Although this little imp has proven to be a bit mischievous, he's also delivered the pot of gold. Coming in the Fall of 2012, Houmas House will boast 3 amazing restaurants, a luxurious Inn, expanded gardens, and the start of a steamboat museum.  We have a lot to be excited about and hope you'll celebrate with us as we develop new ways to fascinate you. 
Maybe if you're lucky, you will spot our little leprechaun and he'll bring you some good fortune.



Going Green

 Green Spring

You can't help but notice Spring is almost here.   Bright green buds are popping up at every turn.  Each Spring over 50,000 new plants are sprouting up over the 16 acres of manicured gardens at Houmas House.  From year to year, our Artist Gardener Craig Black, continues to amaze with new creations, sculptures, colors, and water exhibits.  Stay tuned to watch the transformation from Winter to Spring.


See Past Spring Gardens Here 

Open  Daily

 Pink Azaleas

Monday-Tuesday: 9 am-5 pm

Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here