Hearty Pumpkin Pancakes

hearty pumpkin pancakes

You need to add these pancakes to your fall recipe arsenal.

These pancakes are not too sweet, they’re just hearty and delicious.

You can top them with whipped cream & syrup, or asian pear butter, OR top these babies with some BBQ.

Yeah, you read that right.

BBQ or maybe even a savory sweet potato and turkey hash. If you want to get crazy these pancakes will let you, so get wild.

Here’s the recipe for a building block to greatness:

2 cups white whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Poudre Douce

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup Cannonborough ginger beer

2 teaspoons butter, melted

Sift dry ingredients together. Add eggs and milk and pumpkin, stir gradually to make a smooth batter. Add the butter.

Cook on a griddle or in a skillet. Make sure surface is hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water on the surface – if it bounces you’re good to go, if it just sort of puddles and boils it’s not hot enough. Once the surface is hot enough, if you serve these pancakes with bacon or sausage, use a little of the juices to wipe down your griddle or skillet, then go for it! Cook on one side until the pancakes are full of bubbles, then flip them over and brown the other side.

And that’s that.

Go forth, get crazy, and enjoy these pancakes however you choose!!


Charleston Spice Co.

hearty pumpkin pancakes

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Am I in love with these muffins because I baked them in Halloween cupcake liners?

If this were a mediocre muffin, then yes, I’d be guilty of such shallow flights of fancy.


Yeah, you read that correctly, I’m shouting at you in all caps and I’d shout it from the rooftops, that’s how gosh-darn-good these muffins are, I mean just look:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

They are moist and delicious. The chocolate chips stay gooey and great, and there’s a delightful bite of ginger to balance out all that sweetness.

Please make these:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/4 teaspoon clove powder

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup ginger sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons molasses

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin tray with cupcake liners – makes 24 muffins.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.

With your electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until well blended, scraping down the sides. Add the oil, eggs, molasses, and pumpkin. Mix thoroughly, scraping down the sides at least once.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated, scrape down the sides. Mix in chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tray and bake for 50 to 60 minutes 20 to 25 minutes (the other time is for if you make a loaf instead of muffins) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool for ten minutes then pop out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Enjoy for dessert, breakfast, teatime, or snacktime, really just anytime 😉 These will disappear if left unattended, but they should be edible for a few days if kept in an airtight container.

Stay sweet,
Charleston Spice Co.
P.S. If you want something over-the-top-decadent then top these puppies with cream cheese frosting and call ’em cupcakes!


October Spice Horoscopes

Madame Saffron

After reviewing planetary movements and consulting the spirits of this world and the next, Madame Saffron presents her Spice Horoscope, a magnificent resource for those of us who, from time to time, need a little help from the divine movements of celestial bodies.

This will certainly point you in the direction of a blend or spice that will, if not solve your problems, allay them for the month of October.

Aries: If you can slow down, Aries, this month is going to be good for communication. Take this opportunity to strengthen new friendships and refresh old ties. Throwing a Frogmore Stew party will help you maintain your independence as a leader & excellent host but also show those closest to you that you do have time for them.

Taurus: Take some time for yourself this month, Taurus. Make a cup of chai teaand contemplate how to improve yourself, maybe joining a gym or reading a novel, the choice is yours, we all have different needs and different dreams. With all this self-reflection, don’t forget that special someone, invite them over for mulled ciderand enjoy sharing the relaxing flavor & smell of fall.

Gemini: Gemini, look at yourself. Take care of yourself, please. This would be a good month for you to clean up a bit: drink more water and eat better. Make yourself a good home-cooked meal, remember, a little smoked paprika can work wonders in the most basic of dishes. A renewed focus on yourself will reawaken your latent sexual energy and since planetary movements are favorable for making new friends, go get ’em, Tiger.

Cancer: This is a month of change and fresh starts! With the turmoil of new beginnings, don’t forget to eat right. Make yourself a good meal, even if it’s just some fresh veggies sautéed with Mediterranean Oil Blend and tossed with some fresh pasta from Rio Bertolini: simple yet restorative. Mid-month your sexual desire is going to be off the charts. Consider sharing the aforementioned meal with the object of your desire, remember if you put the work in the dessert is sweeter.

Leo: The vibe of the universe says that this is a month of travel for you, Leo. Don’t forget a hostess gift if you are going to visit old friends or relatives. A pack of hot cocoa and a pretty mug will be a thoughtful gift to give as winter begins to tease the northern states. You’ve got plenty of good friends because you’re bold and generous but don’t neglect the one closest to you, perhaps a little hot cocoa and some quality one-on-one time can strengthen your relationship and reassure that special someone that you still need them.

Virgo: They say, haters gonna hate, but that’s not you, Virgo. Stop scrolling through your facebook feed getting depressed because you’re comparing your life to all your friends’ happy fake facebook lives. Your happiness is up to you: Fix yourself a nice warm cup of chai tea and take the time to look inside yourself for your own standards of happiness, don’t look only to others, they don’t know you.

Libra: Carpe Diem is your motto for the month. There is no time like to present to take action. Go to that farmers market you’ve been promising to check out since it started, now is the time for movement, for life, for deep conversations. Invite your closest friends over mid month to chat and socialize. Get the conversations flowing by greeting your guest with flutes of champagne rimmed with honey and ginger sugar.

Scorpio: Hey Scorpio, when was the last time you relaxed? Take a day or a weekend to get away from things. Maybe treat yourself to some popcorn seasoned with Smoky Cajun while you finally sit down for that movie marathon you’ve been wanting to do for months now. On a related note, “getting away” from reality in the bedroom might be very good for you — what are you dressing up as this Halloween? (wink wink nudge nudge)

Sagittarius: You’re going to get the MVP award this month Sagittarius. Your unfailing energy and enthusiasm to conquer projects will lead you and your team to accomplish many of your goals. But remember not everyone is as gung-ho as you, to boost morale consider bringing a little sweet treat for your team, like pecans roasted with Pecan Pie Spice, simple yet thoughtful. Because you are on a roll in achieving goals, chances are your renewed self-worth will result in renewed energy to pursue and reaffirm love.

Capricorn: Fall is a time for traditions, Capricorn, but don’t get stuck in the past. Keep those traditions alive but revitalize them to fit your current state of mind, mood, & place. For example, carve your jack-o-lanterns this year just like every year, but roast the pumpkin seeds with a new blend, possibly Cocoa Nib Rub or Grill Seasoning. As far as love is concerned, communication is key for success, make a batch of mulled cider for your loved one and chat about where things are going.

Aquarius: What do you believe in, Aquarius? It’s time to fix yourself some chai tea and take a peek at your moral fiber and integrity. It’s not about practicing what you preach, honey, it’s about believing it. Look into yourself for what it is you truly believe. On another note, your love life could be quite wild and exciting this month, take a little turmeric and cayenne every other day to stay limber and energized.

Pisces: Fall is a season of traditions, fix up a batch of mulled cider for some friends and share the joy of fall flavor. Although traditions are integral to the season, it may be time for you to rethink the motive behind your actions, if you are just going through the motions, perhaps its time to freshen things up. If you always roast your pumpkin seeds with Old Bay consider trying something completely different, like Pecan Pie Spice or Smoky Cajun.

Best of luck this month,

Madame Saffron