Blueberry buckle

Blueberry buckle

If you like blueberries and coffee cake then this recipe is for you.

Simple and delicious, you don’t have to set aside your carefree summer attitude to make this treat. Let the relaxation of summer continue as you effortless throw together this delightfully sinful cake.

Here’s what ya need:

for the cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (about a pint and a handful more)

for the topping

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp & cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8 or 9 inch pan.

For cake: In an electric mixer cream butter and sugar. Add egg, heavy cream, water, baking powder, and salt — mix well. Add in half the flour and mix until incorporated then do the same with the second half. Fold in blueberries and pour batter into your buttered pan.

For topping: In a bowl combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. Mix using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until crumbly. Pour over batter.

Bake for 45 to 60 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (time will vary depending on the size of your pan). Let cool a little and serve with fresh whipped cream!!

Blueberry buckle

Stay sweet,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Spice Cake

Spice Cake

The other day I was overcome by an intense desire to make carrot cake. I did some casual internet searching and found the recipe for this delicious cake on this blog, The Faux Martha.

But boy, this is not Carrot Cake. This is what Carrot Cake wants to be when it grows up. It’s elegant and understated, sophisticated and subtle.

Spice Cake

It’s all kinds of fine. The perfect cake for teatime or after brunch or dinner or lunch. It’s not cloyingly sweet, it’s simply delicious.

I baked the cake in two 8×8 pans with every intention of making a two layer cake. When it came down to it, I was seized by a wild hair, and decided to cut one of the layers into quarters and then I sliced three of those quarters in half, making a 6 layered tower of spice cake.

Here’s what ya need:

For the spice cake:

1 pound carrots, finely grated

3 large eggs, room temperature

2 cups of sugar

1 1/2 cups canola oil

1/3 cups buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Poudre Douce

For buttercream frosting:

16 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1 cup of confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 8×8 pans with parchment paper. In an electric mix combine carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.

In a small bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and Poudre Douce. Add this to carrot mixture, mixing until combined.

Distribute batter evenly into your baking pans. Bake 30 to 40 mins or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove pans and let cake cool completely before icing.

For the frosting: In your electric mixer cream cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in butter gradually. Add in confectioners sugar and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. And then you’re ready to go as soon as your cakes are cooled.

Spice Cake

Stay sweet,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Easiest tastiest pizza dough

We found this recipe here on The Kitchn, and we thought, Could it be this simple?

Why yes, my friends, it is this simple.

This dough is the best dough we’ve found so far! It can hold more than its weight in toppings and it has passed the Pizza For Breakfast Test. That’s right, we almost ate all of the pizza we made using this dough (more on that later) but then we thought, No, this crust needs to be put to the test, the pizza for breakfast test.

If you’re unfamiliar with this, we have a theory that the sign of truly amazing pizza is how it holds up the next day. And this crust really held its own.

And it was so easy to make!! Don’t believe me, just watch:

Here’s how to make pizza dough dreams come true:

3/4 cups lukewarm water

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

In a medium bowl stir together water and yeast. Add flour and salt and mix together until you have a shaggy dough. Turn out your dough and any remaining flour onto a clean surface and knead until the dough comes together and holds its shape.

At this point, you can use the dough right away, or coat it in olive oil throw it in a clean bowl & cover with a towel for a few hours, OR you can wrap it up in cling wrap & store it in the fridge for a couple of days.

When you do decide to use it, heat your oven to 500 F and cook for 9 to 15 minutes. (We usually roll the dough out on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet, we find this cuts down on the mess when we get carried away with the toppings.)

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Brunch Beauty Shots

Anything goes.

Go big or go home.

Less is more.

Too much is never enough.

Put an egg on it.

Just do it.

All these tag lines and catch phrases can be applied to the mystical occurrence that has been given the name brunch.

That’s why the Craic Team that brought you The Tower of Tex Mex loves brunch. It is synonymous with fun, good times, and great food.

Sooo, this past Sunday they started with an idea, a food fiesta really: chilled shrimp salad with tomatoes and avocado in a lettuce wrap.

Then this happened:

5 Spice Brunch

A very similar concept in that it was a chilled shrimp lettuce wrap….

But completely different.

The Craic Team had visions of a chilled shrimp salad with avocado and tomato and corn and hot peppers but then they found a sweet potato on the edge of expiration and all hell broke loose. That did NOT fit into their plans.

So the plans changed.

And they roasted that sweet potato with Garam Masala and pan sautéed that shrimp with Chinese 5 Spice and some peppers and uncooked ramen noodles and onion and a garlic clove or two. They made some peanut sauce, grated a carrot, chopped up some Thai basil, threw it all together on a lettuce leaf and called it brunch.

As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”

Sláinte,

Charleston Spice Co.

5 Spice Brunch

Grilled Peaches

It’s the end of summer *sigh* I thought it would last forever.

Alas, our summer frolics must come to an end, but lucky for us with our South Carolina weather our grilling and chilling may continue! However we are at the end of peach season, so we thought as a last hurrah we’d grill peach halves with some of our ginger sugar!

Grilled Peaches

They are pretty darn tasty with ginger sugar but if you want a more savory side dish we suggest a light sprinkle of Cocoa Nib Rub!

So throw those last peaches on the grill with some ribs and enjoy these last few days of summer!Grilled Peaches

XO,

Charleston Spice Co.

Pizza dough!

pizza!!

There are times in life when you have to put a lot of things on your pizza to make it right. Sauce, spinach, basil, artichoke hearts, olives, three cheeses, onions, then some mozzarella, then green peppers and chipotle flakes for good measure.

You have to ask yourself, how much is too much? Will my crust be able to support my hopes and dreams without becoming a soggy floppy mess? With a hearty crust like this one, you don’t have to second guess your pizza goals or live with the regret of never achieving your full pizza making potential.

Pizza!!

Here’s what ya need:

1 cup H2O

3/4 teaspoon honey

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 2/3 cups bread flour

1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon whole wheat flour

1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 Tablespoon dry roasted garlic

If you have a bread maker, use the kneading paddle and put all ingredients into your machine in the order listed. If you are using a mixer, use the hook attachment and knead all ingredients until dough is smooth and a little warm.

Remove dough from bread maker or mixer and place in an oiled bowl, cover with a towel or cling wrap. The dough will be ready to use once it has doubled in size!!

We found that throwing it down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and rolling it out with a rolling pin was the easiest way to get an even crust.

Load it up with all the goodies you can find and then bake in the oven at 475 F for 15 minutes or until browned to your liking.

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Pizza!!

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

If I could write a love song about corn I would.

Cream it, grill it, pan fry it, throw it in a stew.

No matter what you do, I’ll love it. And I might even love you.

It’s an epic sort of love, I posted about grilled corn last year and I’ll probably post about it next year too.

I mean, look at this beauty:

Grilled Corn

Talk about tasty. YUM.

We pulled back the husk, stripped out those little white hairs, rubbed on some olive oil, and then lovingly sprinkled Grill Seasoning on all the cobs. Then we wrapped them back into their husks and tied them with string to keep all that goodness inside:

Grilled Corn

 

Then we threw those puppies on the grill and let the magic happen.

Grilled Corn

*sigh* Isn’t summer marvelous?

Let’s stay this way forever,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Grilled Corn