Chocolate Pluff Mud Porter Pancakes

Chocolate Pluff Mud Porter Pancakes

Well these pancakes are delicious.

I don’t know what else to say. They are light and fluffy, but hearty at the same time.

It all started with a dream and a picture in my mind of beautiful chocolate porter pancakes. *sigh* Doesn’t the name just roll off the tongue and sound delicious?

So I scoured the internet looking for the perfect recipe, found this one from the Beeroness which looked promising, added some Latin Flair Hot Cocoa and voila! Chocolate Pluff Mud Porter Pancakes!

I made my dreams come true and so can you.

Here’s what you need:

2 eggs, divided

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup beer or soda (I used Holy City Pluff Mud Porter because the name fit with picture in my mind but you should use whatever beer or soda you fancy)

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

3 tablespoons Latin Flair Hot Cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons of butter for greasing your griddle or pan

Separate your eggs, putting the whites into the bowl of your stand mixer and the yolks into a small bowl. Add cream of tartar to the whites and beat on high until stiff peaks form ~ about 5 minutes.

Add the beer, buttermilk, and vanilla to the yolks, beat well to combine.

In a large bowl throw together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the yolk mixture and stir until combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter.

Heat up and butter up whatever surface you may be cooking on, throw 1/4 cup of the batter on at a time. When bubbles form on the top, flip that puppy over and cook until browned on the underside.

If you want to go over the top with a boozy theme serve these pancakes with Vanilla & Baileys Whipped Cream or any other topping your imagination can whip up.

Stay sweet, friends, and always follow your dreams.

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Pluffmud Porter

Simple Shortbread

Shortbread

This is an easy recipe to whip together at a moments notice. It is an excellent carrier for chocolate ganache and candied orange slices (pictured above) or just about anything else your imagination can come up with.

Here ya go:

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup Vanilla Bean Sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line am 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar well. Gradually add the flour, kneading until smooth. Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 mins. (If you aren’t planning on getting crazy with chocolate and fruit and nuts as toppings, then I would sprinkle a little Lavender Flower Sugar or Ginger Sugar on top before you bake the shortbread!)

And that’s it, a building block to greatness!!

Stay sweet, friends.

XO

Charleston Spice Co

Carrot Cake Pancakes

CarrotCAKE panCAKES

These pancakes are the stuff of dreams, pancake dreams.

And they’re easy as pie…. but they’re pancakes.

Here’s what ya need:

4 oz finely grated carrots

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup raisins, overflowing

2 cups of flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Poudre Douce

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups of milk

2 teaspoons butter, melted

Grate your carrot onto a plate or into a bowl, add nuts and raisins.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and Poudre Douce. Add egg and milk and stir until batter is smooth, add butter, carrots, nuts, and raisins.

I used a 1/4 cup measure to plop the batter onto my pan but you can make these as big or small as your heart desires. Over medium heat cook until top is full of bubbles, flip to brown the other side.

I suggest serving these beauties with a healthy dose of cream cheese frosting (we threw a splash of Ginger Sugar into ours to give it a little bite). However they will be equally delicious with maple syrup, just less obviously carrot cakey!

Stay sweet, Friends!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

CarrotCAKE panCAKES

Killer Strawberry Tart

Killer Strawberry Tart

I put the skull and cross-bones on top of this beauty because I wanted to warn innocent dessert lovers that this is not a normal tart.

It’s much better, especially if you like living on the edge and trying new things, oh, and you should also like kinda spicy things…. I used our Ghost Reaper Sugar in the Strawberry filling so it’s got a little heat to it!!

Killer Strawberry Tart

I used the same pastry you’ll find on the Vanilla Peach Tart recipe. After you make the pastry and are allowing it to chill at least thirty minutes, go ahead and make the filling.

Here’s what you’ll need:

About 2 cups strawberries (and a handful or two set to the side), one cup sliced into large pieces, the other chopped into smaller pieces

1 heaping tablespoon of Ghost Reaper Sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer until pastry is chilled, about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the smaller chunks of strawberry have been reduced to gooey mush. During this time you can go ahead and slice up a handful or two more strawberries to lay on top of this sauce.

Roll out 3/4 of the dough to fill your tart pan. Top with strawberry sauce and add the extra slices of strawberry. Use remaining dough to decorate the top of your tart!

Serve with a big dollop of Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream (it’ll tame the fire of the tart just a bit).

Stay sweet.

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Killer Strawberry Tart

February Spice Horoscopes

Madame Saffron

This month our on staff clairvoyant, Madame Saffron, presents you with the best blend to use to seduce your Valentine according to their sign! So find their sign below and discover what blend will speak to their heart!!

ARIES March 21- April 19

If your lover is an Aries you better put them in the spotlight. Yeah, sure we both know it’s not all about them, but if you wanna get lucky (or form a meaningful lasting relationship with this person) you best be putting them first! But don’t worry this is a two-way street, if you give them all your love and attention, they’ll be sure to give it all back and then some. My advice to you is to make your Aries heartthrob a delightful breakfast of Chai Waffles. Nothing says I love you better than waffles and coffee on a chilly winter morning!

Taurus April 20- May 20

Oh, Buddy, if you’re in love with a Taurus you better get ready to do some seriously classy and romantic stuff for them. You look confused, don’t worry, Taurus can seem like a tough cookie on the outside but on the inside they tend to lean towards being a hopeless romantic! They also tend to have many pursuers so you have to show them that you are the best candidate. Invite your Taurus over for some cocktails and snacks, that’s more serious than coffee and less serious than dinner. Seduce them with your bartending skills, make ‘em something like this to start. Once you’ve got the preliminary bubbles out of the way you can move on to other things (but remember you’re trying to gain their unwavering trust, not get them shitfaced). As far as snacks are concerned you could whip up a cheese and charcuterie board. Find some fresh bread, local cheese and meat and pile it on. And don’t forget to put out a little of your homemade mustard, that’ll really impress them.

Gemini May 21- June 20

If you’re in love with a Gemini, good luck, my friend. Geminis love to flirt, they love the variety and excitement of the chase. The key to seducing them is to keep that fun alive, don’t cage them in with your love! Let your love and sense of adventure bring excitement to your relationship. This valentines make them Berbere Meatballs, sautee some greens and onions and mushrooms and toss them together with the meatballs, some pasta, and a little bleu cheese. The warm subtle heat from the Berbere is enough to make anyone want to fall in love. It’s also a wildly exciting way to make meatballs. It’s sure to impress even the most wild and restless Gemini.

Cancer June 21- July 22

If your potential Valentine is a Cancer, you better be playing for keeps. Most Cancers keep things close to home with a small close knit circle of friends so they may already be in your friend  group. You may want to try some low key romance this February, show them you can offer them stability. So whip up two mugs of cocoa and cuddle up on the couch one or two or three nights this month. The warm reassurance of a mug of cocoa combined with a good cuddle and some good conversation will work wonders to show your Cancer cutie that you are playing for keeps and that you’re a safe bet for the future.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Sit yourself down, dear, and ask yourself are you ready for drama? Cuz that’s what you’re signing up for with a Leo. It’s not all drama, the payout is great, a Leo’s loyalty and generosity can’t be beat! But this is something you’re going to have to work for because they love attention! Invite them over for brunch and go ALL OUT. This is not a drill. Make pancakes AND waffles, show them the sky is the limit and nothing is too good for them. Brunch will let them know that you’ve got all day and your willing to spend it all with them.

Virgo August 23- September 22

Well, if you’ve made it far enough to be entertaining romantic thoughts about this Virgo, that could be a good sign. Virgos are tough on themselves and on those around them too. They hold themselves and others to incredibly high standards. So good luck trying not to mess this up…. even though Virgos can be a little bit scary they tend to like classic romance, so cook them up a nice juicy steak with our Espresso Steak Rub and maybe some roasted veggies and potatoes and have a lovely candlelit meal. This will show them that you are just as cool and capable as they need you to be.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Oh dear, Libras are notoriously wishy washy so you had better bring your A game  cuz you’re going to need to show them that YOU are their best option. Because let’s be honest, being a Libra, they probably have plenty of options and sure, you know & I know that you are the best but you have to make it a no-brainer for them. It’s quality over quantity with Libras so you can keep simple but you better do it right. Invite them over for lunch or brunch and make them a pimento cheese and fried egg sandwich (if you wanna get crazy, add a tomato and maybe something pickled). This sandwich will seal the deal. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it says “I love you, I’m your soulmate” better than any box of chocolates.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

First thing first, sit yourself down, friend, and think about what you want out of this relationship. Scorpios go all in, so if you’re willing to crack open their somewhat mysterious exterior for a soul full of overwhelming passion and energy, then go for it! Fix up a batch of Chai Tea and invite them over for a chat or a cuddle on the couch. The warmth of a hot cup of chai will work in your favor helping Scorpio to see that you are trustworthy and playing for keeps.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Sagittarius is a bit of a wild card in the game of love. They want to find their soulmate to share in life’s great adventures but they also don’t want to be tied down. They love the thrill of the chase and are constantly looking for new and different adventures. For this reason try sautéing some shrimp and onions and peppers with Harissa and throwing them all on some cheesy creamy grits is an excellent way to feed their appetite for excitement. It’s a classic dish but the harissa adds a new twist that is delightful!

Capricorn December 22- January 19

I hope you have patience, you’ll probably need it dealing with a Capricorn. They are very serious and family & business come first. They get caught up with work easily, and they won’t have the time of day to pay any kind of attention to you. Never fear, take the time to make them see that you are worth the time. Make some homemade ginger marshmallows then fill up a to-go mug with hot cocoa and take it to your Capricorn cutie at work or invite them for a stroll. The warmth of the cocoa combined with the thoughtfulness of a homemade marshmallow will surely bring out their playful side and hopefully open their heart to you.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

If you’re falling for an Aquarius, watch your step! When it comes to love they can be quite unpredictable they can go from wanting you to not wanting you in the blink of an eye!! They want love and friendship but they tend towards the unconventional & need their space and freedom. So invite them over for an afternoon snack of Chai waffles and coffee. This will be a casual encounter for sure but perhaps it will blossom into something more as you both relax as the smell of coffee and spiced waffles fills the air.

Pisces February 19-March 20

I hope you’re ready for some serious romance. Pisces loves a good fantasy so you can go all out! Send those flowers, write those love letters! I recommend breakfast in bed! Avocado toast with za’atar or pumpkin pancakes for the Pisces with a sweet tooth! Then the rest of the day is yours to make the magic happen, you know what to do.