Month: October 2017

Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

There should have been maple apple cake. Yes, a birthday can be well-celebrated without stacked autumnal desserts, but if you only turn thirty once, shouldn’t it include the best tasting cake of the year? If you’re celebrating a birthday anytime soon, don’t make my mistake- make sure your party includes this cake.

As you get older, birthdays get kinda weird. Sometimes it feels a little uncomfortable to let people celebrate you the way they might have in your teens or early twenties. There’s usually a million other things to do and a dwindling list of friends who are available to celebrate.  Sometimes there are kids involved, which makes the idea of planning any party that you can’t buy in a hyper-themed box set from Target seem like a huge waste of time. Energy, as with most other things in adulthood, is a limiting factor here too, because who actually wants to plan or order one more thing, particularly if it can’t be done from the convenience of the Amazon app on your phone?

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

It feels right to celebrate other people. I’m the first one to volunteer a cake or a bubbly cocktail when a friend’s birthday rolls around. I have stacks of birthday cards just waiting to be personalized and delivered to the people I love. But while I adore birthdays or any other excuse for confetti and  balloons, there’s a little bit of pride that gets in the way when it comes to celebrating myself. Isn’t that gross?

On one hand, I don’t want to be the self-centered fool who says, “Look at me, look at me, it’s my birthday! Buy me a crown and make me a cake, minion!” But on the other hand, I kinda like the idea of rolling up to my own birthday party feeling like Beyonce- a posse of girlfriends, popped bottles, and self-assured sass in tow. Even the most modest of people have to admit that there’s nothing like being the birthday queen. Candles and champagne, confetti and cheers make even the most conservative human feel like the million bucks they deserve to be on the annual recognition of their birth. Is there anything wrong with wanting to feel the love?

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

This year, I felt celebrated. My girlfriends changed a scheduled meeting into an impromptu birthday party and my family traveled north to celebrate with presents and pie. My husband treated me to several thoughtful birthday happies, and it didn’t hurt that we wound up in Chicago for my big day. Gifts and cake and cards are fine, but the best part of a birthday is being loved on by the people you love back; no amount of Beyonce can top that feeling.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

My one regret this year is that I didn’t get to eat this maple apple cake.

I want this cake to be my birthday cake. This is the kind of dessert I want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As heinous it is to admit, I want to frost my entire face with the maple buttercream from this cake and casually lick it off all day long. If that makes me a disgusting human, I frankly do not care. 

Three rounds of buttermilk cake layered with a syrupy, fresh apple filling and candied nuts, this maple apple cake is a stunner and nothing short of indulgent. The buttercream is sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, the perfect addition to such a fall-tasting cake. If warm flavors, fresh fruit, and the optional addition of bourbon sounds like a winning combination to you, this maple apple cake just may be the stuff your dreams are made of.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare it, we start by baking up some cake layers. I decided the added tang of buttermilk would help to offset some of the cake’s sweetness, so I adapted a favorite recipe from this cake. The cake layers can be baked ahead, wrapped, and frozen, making day of cake assembly fairly simple. The apple filling is also a make-ahead item, consisting of fresh apples, butter, and brown sugar. If your adult palate is so inclined, try out this maple apple cake with a bit of bourbon added to the filling. Even though the alcohol cooks off, those warm bourbon flavors remain and even the least discerning tastebuds will be able to tell that this cake has a punch of something special.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

On the day you plan to assemble the cake, prepare your maple frosting, level your cakes, and begin stacking. The apple filling is pooled between cake layers with a dam of frosting and is sprinkled with a handful of chopped candied nuts. Roasted nuts can be substituted here, but certainly a party cake like this deserves the pizazz of caramelized sugar. This maple apple cake will keep well in the fridge for a few days, but unless you’re eating it all by yourself, I can almost guarantee it won’t last that long.

I’m sharing today’s maple apple cake along with a number of other apple recipes prepared by a few blogger friends for the #aisforapples party. If you’re dying to use up all of that October produce, be sure to check out the other recipes listed below. Many thanks to Rebecca, Ruth, and Annie for rallying the troops in this apple extravaganza. Give this maple apple cake a try and celebrate your people well this week. Happy Thursday and happy fall, ya’ll!Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this maple apple cake, be sure to try:

Caramel Apple Pie

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crisp Ice Cream

Breakfast Danish

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits 

 

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Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

This maple apple cake is three layers of buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple buttercream. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the apple filling:

  • 2 cups (230 gm) peeled and ¼-1/2” diced apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup (115 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or good quality bourbon

For the cake:

  • 21/2 cups (325 gm) cake flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (225 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (165 gm) packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) buttermilk
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla

For the maple buttercream:

  • 2 cups (450 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 41/2 cups (510 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (205 gm) maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped candied pecans (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the apple filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter, stirring continuously until it melts and barely begins to turn golden brown.  Immediately add the apples and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes or until the juices have thickened slightly and the apples have barely softened.  Remove the filling to a heat-safe bowl and cool completely prior to using.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and line the bottoms of 3-8” round cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and add each egg one at a time on low speed, mixing just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by the vanilla and about half of the buttermilk. Mix until combined and then repeat this process once more, finishing by adding the last third of the dry ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits of batter.
  4. Distribute the batter evenly among the three pans and bake in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely prior to assembling cake.

To prepare the maple buttercream:

  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cream for an additional minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the confectioner’s sugar. Mix on low speed until incorporated and then drizzle in the maple syrup. Beat on medium speed until well combined. If needed, add a bit of water to thin out frosting or add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken up. You can also briefly place the frosting in the fridge to firm up as needed.  

To assemble the cake:

  1. Use a serrated knife to level the cakes. Smooth a small amount of frosting on an 8” cake board or plate and center a single cake layer on top. Smooth a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake layer. Using a piping bag (see notes) fitted with a large round tip, pipe a dam around the outer rim of the top of the cake. The dam should be at least ¼-1/2” tall to prevent the apple filling from squirting out the sides. Spread approximately half of the apple filling inside the dam and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the nuts. Pipe a bit of frosting on top of the apple filling to help the next layer of cake stick. Stack the second cake layer on top and repeat the entire process once more. Place the final cake layer on top. Spread a thin coat of frosting (crumb coat) all over the cake and allow it to set up in the fridge prior to applying the final coat of frosting. You can skip this step if desired. Decorate the top of the cake with a few nuts and extra frosting, if desired. Cake will keep in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to three days.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a piping bag, you can place 1-1/2 cups of frosting in a freezer Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and snip one of the corners off the end of the bag and use that to pipe frosting.
  • You can substitute different varieties of berries here, but the amount of sugar needed in the filling will differ based on which berry you choose. Adjust according to your preference.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

So this is it. This is 30. Yesterday was the turn of a new decade for me, and to commemorate my twenties and the ten birthdays that passed in that time, I am sharing with you some pumpkin pull-apart bread. 

I’m probably supposed to be in mourning right now. You’re likely expecting me to talk about how great my twenties were or to complain about getting older. Maybe you’re anticipating a lengthy list of resolutions for the 10 years that follow today, or perhaps you’re just scrolling through all this nonsense so that you can read about the baked goods (no judgement, BTW.)

To be honest, 30 feels a whole lot like 29. A lot of joy, a hint stress, the occasional internal battle. I’m sure in the coming years, I’ll continue to yell at my kids and count my gray hairs a bit too often. There will be vacations and laughter and long phone calls with friends, moments of fresh revelation and desperation for answers to prayers. 

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

Our lives will forever ebb and flow- seasons of glasses half empty and days of cups running over.  If 30 is different from 20 in any way, it is that I now know to expect the unexpected from life. And I’m okay with that uncertainty. I’ll relish in the highs and steady myself through the lows, knowing that that there are nuggets of gold and truth and hope to uncover in every season if I’m willing to smoke them out.  For me, 30 is the year of resting in the things that I know, a time for dusting off bits of myself that sat hidden on the proverbial shelf during the busyness and insecurity of my twenties. Maybe 30 will be the grand unveiling of a woman who is beautifully average but so content in the aesthetic of her own skin that she sparkles in a way that a 20-year-old simply cannot. 

Maybe 30 is the new 20. 

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

I’m sharing this pumpkin pull-apart bread alongside a number of other bloggers  who are slinging pumpkin-filled recipes for the annual Virtual Pumpkin Party. You might remember last year’s pumpkin cake with burnt sugar frosting? Well, we’re back at it again, bigger and better than ever, because that’s what we do. We grow, we progress, we get infinitely cooler over time.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

This pumpkin pull-apart bread is fab. I adapted the recipe from my sweet potato cinnamon rolls which are a not-so-subtle nod to Ree’s famous buns. This pumpkin pull-apart bread is gooey and fragrant, the perfect comfort dish for the coming chilly seasons. If this bread was a sweater, it would be an oversized cable-knit turtle neck in a rosy shade of millennial pink. It’s fresh yet familiar all at the same time.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

To make this pumpkin pull-apart bread, we start with a dough. Butter, milk, and sugar are warmed and sprinkled with yeast. The pumpkin is added next, along with of flour and spicy fall seasonings. While the original cinnamon rolls have a tender, moist dough, we add extra flour and kneading time to strengthen the pumpkin pull-apart bread dough. Once tacky and slightly stretchy, the dough is set aside to rise.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

Next comes the rolling and stacking of the dough. We cut a ton of equal-sized tiny squares and layer them in a loaf pan with a cinnamon sugar filling so that each piece of bread, coated with gooey sweetened butter filling, pulls apart easily. The bread undergoes a second rise before it is baked and drizzled with more goo, this time a cream cheese glaze, slightly tangy and perfectly sweet.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

This pumpkin pull-apart bread should be the centerpiece of your upcoming brunches and holiday meals. Simple, comfortable flavors in the packaging of a unique and modern treat. Give this pumpkin pull-apart bread a try and I promise that you’ll fall in love. Be sure to check out the other recipes involved in the #virtualpumpkinparty! You’ll be seeing them scattered over various sites today, and they’re sure to knock your socks off. Many thanks to Sara for coordinating this fun little get together. 

If you like this pumpkin pull-apart bread, you should check out:

Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls 

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Orange Cardamom Cinnamon Rolls

 

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Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

This pumpkin pull-apart bread s sweetened with a cream cheese drizzle and is the perfect addition to fall and winter breakfasts and brunches.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 200
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 230
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • ½ cup (120 mL) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup (170 gm) pumpkin puree
  • 23/4 cups (360 gm) all-purpose flour, plus up to ¼ cup more if needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

For the icing:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 12 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk, butter, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to combine until the butter has melted. Remove from heat to the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) and allow to cool to lukewarm. Once cooled, sprinkle the yeast over the top and allow it to dissolve, stirring occasionally as needed.
  2. Stir the pumpkin into the milk mixture and then add the remaining ingredients. Using a dough hook attachment (or your hands) knead the dough on medium speed for 5 minutes. The dough should be tacky but pull away from the sides of the bowl easily. Grease a large bowl, place the dough inside, and cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap. Allow it to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Grease a standard loaf pan (8.5” x 3.5”) and roll the dough out onto a well-floured surface into a 12”x 20” rectangle. Use the back of a fork to combine the butter, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg into a creamy paste. Gently spread this over the entire sheet of dough.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 6- 12” long strips. Carefully make two stacks of dough (with three strips in each stack) and cut each stack into three equal pieces. You should end up with 18 equal-sized rectangles of dough. Layer all of the dough pieces in the pan, being careful not to squish to dough pieces down too much. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and allow to rise a second time and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Once the dough has risen about ½-1” above the top of the pan (about 30 minutes)s, place in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the top has turned golden and set, even in the middle. You can gently touch some of the pieces of dough in the middle of the pan to ensure that it doesn’t still feel soft and mushy. Be sure that the dough is not under-baked in the center or your loaf will deflate when you remove it from the oven. Once baked, allow the loaf to cool in the pan on a cooling rack.
  6. Once almost all the way cooled, remove the loaf from the pan and prepare the icing. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add just enough milk to make it loose enough to drizzle. Pour over the top of the loaf and serve! You can rewarm in the oven or microwave as well.

Recipe adapted from Ree Drummond

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Our weekends deserve new life, don’t you think? I say we find a reason to get excited about the mornings again- something to pair with that strong cup of coffee and cream. These maple oatmeal biscuits are weekend warriors, making a delicious statement every time they emerge from the oven. If you’re as into making weekends great again as I am, let’s just agree to start here.

I can remember the days when weekends were saving grace. Monday and Tuesday would thunder into Friday with an onslaught of assignments and tests and premature gray hairs. Grades and deadlines loomed around every corner, so the primary sanctuary from the stress of school were those bookend days of the week. There’s not a teenager alive who doesn’t wait for the weekends with the same anticipation as they do the recess bell. It’s just science.Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

But in adulthood, Saturday and Sunday don’t care. It doesn’t matter that you worked hard all week or that you’re desperate for a break. The weekend isn’t impressed by what you accomplished Monday through Friday because there are groceries to buy, lawns to mow, and cars to clean. Adulthood takes hostage those few hours of weekend solace and ransoms them for nine bags of raked leaves, an unloaded dishwasher, and few hours worth of ironing. It’s savage.

You notice I haven’t even mentioned children yet. In the BC years (that’s the “before children” years), weekends might have at least included thirty extra minutes for a second cup of coffee. There would be time for blown-dry hair and a pre-dinner cocktail, maybe even an hour for catching up on your DVR. Let’s pour one out in remembrance, shall we?

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.comWeekends with kids are a different animal. There are bottles to warm and sippy cups to refill. Kids are not concerned about you reading the paper because kids want their Cheerios. Kids want to go to the park. Kids want to remove all of the plastic cups from the cupboard, litter them throughout the house, and then poop their pants while you’re in the middle of cleaning it all up. 

My kids like to spend the weekends begging for junk food and television. Saturday is their favorite day to to skip naps and pee in their shoes. On the weekends, you’ll find my kids stealing television remotes and car keys, hiding them in places Dad is sure to never find them (read: the toilet; see also: the trash can.) 

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.comI have this dream where I wake up on a Saturday after seven o’clock. Alas, my family is all awake, and they have been patiently waiting for me to wake up. They teeter into my room with a warm coffee and breakfast tray in tow, complete with warm maple oatmeal biscuits and extra butter to boot. (Remember, I said this was a dream.)

These maple oatmeal biscuits might save your weekend. They won’t change a fifteenth diaper or freshen up a gone-cold mug of coffee, but they are good enough to add some luster to the weekend. A one-bowl dish that freezes like magic and reheats like a dream, these maple oatmeal biscuits are the rising star of the weekend, and you need them in your life. 

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

We start by tossing together a few dry ingredients- flour, sugar, the usual suspects. Oats are next, which account for the extra fluffy, slightly nutty flavor that we wind up with once the maple oatmeal biscuits have baked. Ice cold butter is incorporated throughout before the dairy and a heavy-handed pour of maple syrup brings the dough together. 

For the best success with these maple oatmeal biscuits, work quickly  to ensure that they enter the oven with chunks of chilled butter throughout. Handle the dough as little as possible so that they stay airy and fluffy, and use a floured cutter to trim out rounds, pressing straight down without any twist. I like to brush my biscuit tops with a little extra cream or butter for browning, but I think a simple painting of maple syrup would be perfectly sufficient here as well. You decide.

I think we should bake back the wonder into our weekends. Make these maple oatmeal biscuits as a means of celebrating the good Saturday and Sunday have to offer, and I promise you that things will start looking up. Happy week to you all!

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these maple oatmeal biscuits, you should check out:

Buttermilk Biscuits

Honey Nut Biscuits

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones

Funfetti Scones

Peach Crumb Muffins

 

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Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, one bowl recipe for southern style fluffy layered biscuits filled with rolled oats and pure maple syrup. The biscuits are tall and thick, soft from the addition of buttermilk. Naturally sweet with maple syrup, these are best served for breakfast or as an easy addition to brunch. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

These maple oatmeal biscuits are soft, layered, Southern-style biscuits sweetened with maple syrup. Perfect for breakfast and brunch!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the biscuits:

  • 3 cups (390 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup (90 gm) old fashioned oats
  • 11 tablespoons (155 gm) butter, cold and diced into tablespoon-sized chunks
  • 1 cup (240 mL) milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) maple syrup

For topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the oats. Use a pastry cutter or the back of a fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is reduced to pea-sized clumps.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and maple syrup. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and butter and fold just until combined.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface. Gently pat together, but be careful not to overwork. Pat out to 1” thickness and then fold in thirds like a letter. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and then repeat this patting and folding process. Repeat once more for a total of 3 sets of folds. Pat the dough out to 1” thickness and use a floured biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Gently pat together the remnants and cut out more biscuits.
  5. Combine the melted butter and remaining maple syrup together and brush over the tops of the biscuits. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Notes

  • Be sure to use very cold butter and milk. Butter and milk that is not cold enough can prevent your biscuits from rising well.
  • Do not overwork your dough at any phase of the preparation.
  • The folding of the dough helps to create flaky layers within the biscuit, but is not necessary if you don’t care about this.
  • For flakiest layers, use a sharp biscuit cutters and push straight down into the dough. Refrain from twisting the cutter as you insert it into the dough as this can cause the edges to seal off and keep from rising well.
  • To reheat biscuits, toast in a toaster oven until fragrant.

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards!

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Break out your glassware and some bar snacks because it’s time for show and tell! Today I’m spilling the details of my recent trip to Charleston, SC for the Saveur Blog Awards , and we’re going to talk the ins and outs of these boozy pinot ritas! If you’re curious and thirsty, you most definitely came to the right place!

Two weeks ago, we traveled to Charleston as a family, Brett and I the captain and co-pilot to a crew of squirmy Cheerio-throwers in the backseat of our packed-to-the-brim SUV. The kids did terrific on the ride there, in large part due to Mickey Mouse, Cheez-Its, and sugar-coated cereal that I shoved in their mouth any time they opened it to cry. #survival

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

In place of the luxury accommodations we usually opt for, we selected an Airbnb on King Street that boasted quick access to restaurants, coffee shops, and (let’s be honest) Jeni’s Ice Cream. The Saveur events didn’t start until Sunday, so we spent just over 24 hours in the city as a family. It’s fun to watch your kids explore new places, and at 3 and 1, Aimee and George found a bit of adventure everywhere we went. Living room chairs and tables were new jungle gyms. Sidewalks were their ultimate playground for jumping, dancing, and crawling. Friends, I learned last weekend that my kids, given enough patience and nap time and ice cream, are willing and able to travel. While the trip was not without a few hiccups or emergency diaper changes, I think we really have a shot at a future of family traveling. TBD.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the blog awards crew arrived, the weekend really amped up. I was thrilled to see my dear friend Erin for a second time, and I even got to meet my long-time interwebs lady friend, Rebecca. These two, along with the multitude of other beautiful faces I met throughout the weekend, filled the days with laughter and served as excellent sources of encouragement and relation. Sometimes, as a blogger, you start to feel a little like an island, and it was so reassuring to hear from friends who are in the thick too.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur

 The kind folks at Saveur set up a fabulous weekend of events for the finalists, including tours of Charleston, cocktail parties, pub crawls, and even panel discussions where we got to hear from industry experts about the ins and out of marketing, brand management, publishing, and social issues within the food industry. Yes, I met Deb, the fairy Godmother of blogging, and yes, she is as delightful and charming and sincere as you might have gathered from her writing. We heard from a number of other authors and even a few Southern entrepreneurs like Carrie Morey and Brooks Reitz.  

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur
 My biggest surprise of the weekend was how kind everyone was! Sure, we were all on our best behavior for the weekend, but I was still shocked at how quickly I grew to like so many of the other bloggers and Saveur staff members. It kinda felt like a weekend of summer camp, except there was a ton of booze, the food was great, and no one woke up covered in shaving cream or sunblock. Basically, it was just really rewarding to share in the excitement with a lot of like-minded people, and that was probably the best part of the whole trip. 
Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Just a lobby selfie of Brett and I after the awards. Very age appropriate, right?

I was honored to bring home the Reader’s Choice Award in the Best Baking and Sweets category. Although I attribute the win, in large, to the votes of my husband and my crazy-dedicated Selma friends, I am also aware that much of the success of this baby blog has been due to the help, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve received from other blogger friends like Erin and Rebecca. It’s kinda like that scene from “Mean Girls” where Katy Herron breaks her homecoming crown into pieces and throws bits of it to other girls in the crowd; any win I experience in this new “career” is shared with the beautiful friends who have sewn into this site. It’s a thrill to bring home a trophy, but the joy comes with the people who earned it with me. I will forever pinch myself with delight that I get to do something I love so much and that other people, like you readers, want to be a part of it. So thanks. Y’all are the best. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

 Alright, now let’s talk about these pinot ritas. This recipe was inspired by a cocktail we enjoyed on our recent trip to Portland. Leading up to the awards weekend, we were promoted by Savuer to create a seasonal cocktail recipe using tequila. The winning cocktails were shared at the opening ceremony night, and although my cocktail didn’t win, I couldn’t stand to not share the recipe with you all. Made with a pinot noir simple syrup and classic margarita ingredients, these pinot ritas are sweet, tart, and boozy in all the right places. You need them. So let’s learn how to make ’em. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

 We start by preparing the pinot noir reduction. Simply cook down the red wine with a bit of sugar until it becomes thick and syrupy. You can prep this in advance and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. Once the reduction has cooled, the preparation of the pinot ritas is rather like making a classic margarita. Add some tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and the pinot noir syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, and shake some more until the whole thing is iced down and well combined. Pour the contents of the shaker into a salt-rimmed glass and garnish it with a lime wedge. Easy as pie, these pinot ritas are a simple, surefire way into the hearts of both wine enthusiasts and tequila lovers. Everybody wins. Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
So whip up a glass (or four) of these pinot ritas to start your week off on the right foot. These boozy treats are perfect for the fall and are a must-make in the weekends ahead. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Thank you again for all of your votes, support, and enthusiasm for baking and sweets. You guys make this worthwhile and I couldn’t ask for any more than what you’ve given me. Cheers to you!
Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
 

If you like these Pinot Ritas, you should check out:

Honey Basil Margaritas

Sparkling Margaritas 

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

Grapefruit Tejitos

 

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Pinot Ritas

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Made with a pinot noir simple syrup, these pinot ritas a sweet and tart, wine-flavored take on the classic margarita. Make one or batch it for a crowd!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 1 1x
Scale

Ingredients

For the pinot noir syrup:
  • 8 ounces pinot noir
  • 1/2 cup sugar
For the Pinot Rita:
  • Margarita salt (Optional)
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce pinot noir syrup (Recipe below)
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau, or other orange flavored liquor
  • Lime wedges, for serving (Optional)

Instructions

To prepare the pinot noir syrup:

  1. Stir the pinot noir and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until the contents of the pan have been reduced to 4 ounces, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool and chill completely in a heat-proof container in the fridge. The syrup will make about 4 Pinot Ritas. 

To prepare the pinot rita:

  1. Salt the rim of your glass, if desired. Combine the tequila, lime juice, pinot noir syrup, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into the prepared glass. Serve with a lime wedge, if desired. 

 

Charleston

Wood and Spoon Charleston the ins and outs of what to see and do while visiting Charleston South Carolina. This is a foodie guide to a great Southern seaside east coast destination. Great for traveling with family sight seeing and loads to do.

Break out your popcorn, because it’s time for show and tell! Today I’m spilling the details of my recent trip to Charleston, SC for the Saveur Blog Awards! If you’re curious and dying to know more about one of my favorite Southern cities, you most definitely came to the right place!
Wood and Spoon Charleston the ins and outs of what to see and do while visiting Charleston South Carolina. This is a foodie guide to a great Southern seaside east coast destination. Great for traveling with family sight seeing and loads to do.

Wood and Spoon Charleston the ins and outs of what to see and do while visiting Charleston South Carolina. This is a foodie guide to a great Southern seaside east coast destination. Great for traveling with family sight seeing and loads to do.

Two weeks ago, we traveled to Charleston as a family, Brett and I the captain and co-pilot to a crew of squirmy Cheerio-throwers in the backseat of our packed-to-the-brim SUV. We’ve been to the sweet Southern city of Charleston a number of times, but this was our first time traveling with tiny humans. The kids did terrific on the ride there, in large part due to Mickey Mouse, Cheez-Its, and sugar-coated cereal that I shoved in their mouth any time they opened it to cry. #survival

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

In place of the luxury accommodations we usually opt for, we selected an Airbnb on King Street that boasted quick access to restaurants, coffee shops, and (let’s be honest) Jeni’s Ice Cream. The Saveur events didn’t start until Sunday, so we spent just over 24 hours in the city as a family. It’s fun to watch your kids explore new places, and at 3 and 1, Aimee and George found a bit of adventure everywhere we went. Living room chairs and tables were new jungle gyms. Sidewalks were their ultimate playground for jumping, dancing, and crawling. Friends, I learned last weekend that my kids, given enough patience and nap time and ice cream, are willing and able to travel. While the trip was not without a few hiccups or emergency diaper changes, I think we really have a shot at a future of family traveling. TBD.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the blog awards crew arrived, the weekend really amped up. I was thrilled to see my dear friend Erin for a second time, and I even got to meet my long-time interwebs lady friend, Rebecca. These two, along with the multitude of other beautiful faces I met throughout the weekend, filled the days with laughter and served as excellent sources of encouragement and relation. Sometimes, as a blogger, you start to feel a little like an island, and it was so reassuring to hear from friends who are in the thick too.Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur

The kind folks at Saveur set up a fabulous weekend of events for the finalists, including tours of Charleston, cocktail parties, pub crawls, and even panel discussions where we got to hear from industry experts about the ins and out of marketing, brand management, publishing, and social issues within the food industry. Yes, I met Deb, the fairy Godmother of blogging, and yes, she is as delightful and charming and sincere as you might have gathered from her writing. We heard from a number of other authors and even a few Southern entrepreneurs like Carrie Morey and Brooks Reitz.

Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Photos courtesy of Saveur
 My biggest surprise of the weekend was how kind everyone was! Sure, we were all on our best behavior for the weekend, but I was still shocked at how quickly I grew to like so many of the other bloggers and Saveur staff members. It kinda felt like a weekend of summer camp, except there was a ton of booze, the food was great, and no one woke up covered in shaving cream or sunblock. Basically, it was just really rewarding to share in the excitement with a lot of like-minded people, and that was probably the best part of the whole trip.
Pinot Ritas and the Saveur Blog Awards Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These margaritas are the classic tequila on the rock cocktail sweetened with a pinot noir rice reduction. The simple syrup sweetens the boozy drink and adds some wine notes to it. This beverage is perfect for parties, Mexican dinner nights, or just for one and is served with a salted glass rim and a lime wedge. Find the recipe and read about the Saveur Blog awards in Charleston, South Carolina, on thewoodandspoon.com
Just a lobby selfie of Brett and I after the awards. Very age appropriate, right?

I was honored to bring home the Reader’s Choice Award in the Best Baking and Sweets category. Although I attribute the win, in large, to the votes of my husband and my crazy-dedicated Selma friends, I am also aware that much of the success of this baby blog has been due to the help, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve received from other blogger friends like Erin and Rebecca. It’s kinda like that scene from “Mean Girls” where Katy Herron breaks her homecoming crown into pieces and throws bits of it to other girls in the crowd; any win I experience in this new “career” is shared with the beautiful friends who have sewn into this site. It’s a thrill to bring home a trophy, but the joy comes with the people who earned it with me. I will forever pinch myself with delight that I get to do something I love so much and that other people, like you readers, want to be a part of it. So thanks. Y’all are the best.
Wood and Spoon Charleston the ins and outs of what to see and do while visiting Charleston South Carolina. This is a foodie guide to a great Southern seaside east coast destination. Great for traveling with family sight seeing and loads to do.
Wood and Spoon Charleston the ins and outs of what to see and do while visiting Charleston South Carolina. This is a foodie guide to a great Southern seaside east coast destination. Great for traveling with family sight seeing and loads to do.

So here it is: the ins and outs of what we’ve done in Charleston. If you’re a history buff, love the South, or are just really into food, there’s something for everyone there. This is what we’ve done:

Where We Like to Eat in Charleston:

FIG
Approachable, farm-to-table seasonal cuisine.
167 Raw
Cozy, contemporary seafood eatery with a patio, serving oysters, lobster rolls, fish tacos & more.
Jeni’s Ice Cream
No doubt, my favorite ice cream of all time. OF ALL TIME, PEOPLE.
Husk
Delicious, elevated Southern food from chef Sean Brock
Rodney Scott BBQ
In a town with loads of BBQ options, this is the one to try.
The Ordinary
Oysters and seafood in a hip setting.
Xiao Bao Biscuit
Seriously delicious Asian food with influences from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Award-winning Southern style biscuits with all the fixings. This is a must-see spot in Charleston!
Chez Nous
French food in the coziest little nook of a restaurant. Romantic and provincial.
Darling Oyster Bar
Terrific cocktails and raw bar in a fun, chic location.
Cru Cafe
My favorite lunch in Charleston, located in the historic district.

What We Like to Do in Charleston:

Downtown Saturday Market
Shopping on King Street
Historical Walking Tours
Horse and Carriage Ride

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust & Butterscotch

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I guess I’m supposed to tell you all about my trip to Charleston for the SAVEUR blog awards, right? You probably want to hear all about the other finalists, the food and wine, or what it was like to meet Deb in real life. Maybe you’re curious if Wood and Spoon blog brought home a win in the “Best Baking and Sweets” category (hint: we did!), or if I ever figured out how to pronounce the word “Saveur.” Though I should probably be carving out space to share about this past week and the wonderful new friends that were made, to be honest, I haven’t yet figured out how to sum it all up. So for now, let me dive into the beauty that is this brown sugar cheesecake and we can hash out the other details later. 

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Before we begin, let me make one thing clear: I have dreams about this brown sugar cheesecake. A perfect combination of sweet and salty, this cake is a dessert that fulfills every taste and texture desire of my heart. For starters, I think about the tangy filling, folding over itself in silky clouds inside the bowl of my mixer. The scent of the oatmeal cookie crust, rich with butter, molasses, and cinnamon, wafts to the scene, momentarily stealing my every affection. But it’s the butterscotch sauce, thick and drippy, with caramel flavors and a not-so-subtle hint of salt, that oozes in and completes the most perfect bite. Each element of this cake enhances the flavors of its counterparts and it so tantalizes my tastebuds that I could almost break out into song. Without question, this brown sugar cheesecake is the one you won’t get over.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.comLike the other cheesecakes on this site, we start by preparing the crust. Brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt are brought together with the addition of melted butter. Stir it all together and pat out the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. While it bakes in the oven, we can prepare the filling for the cake. Cream cheese is beat on medium speed just until all of the clumps have been smoothed out. Brown sugar is added next, followed by eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla. The goal here is to incorporate each element evenly without overbeating the mixture as this can cause air bubbles and cracks in the cake once baked. Just beat in each addition until well combined, and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl regularly.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Now everyone has their own special way to make a cheesecake, but there’s a few things that are almost universal to the process. First, you don’t want the cake to undergo drastic temperature changes during the baking process. To address this need, I prefer to put my cake pan in a waterbath, a pan full of boiling water that reaches about halfway up the sides of the cake. I also try to cool the cake down slowly so as not to cause cracks or shrinkage along the edges of the pan.

Second, it’s important to not over-bake your cheesecake. To test your cake for doneness, look for edges that appear to be slightly set and a center that is  wiggly under the surface of the cake. I turn the oven off once the inner half of the cake is only slightly jiggly upon shaking the pan. Unlike flour cakes, cheesecakes don’t adhere to the toothpick test, so don’t bother sticking your hand in there, okay?

Third, we want a crust that is baked, not soggy. If you opt to use the waterbath, be sure to wrap the outside of your pan in aluminum foil to ensure that no water seeps in to muck up your crust. I go a bit overboard and wrap my pan with three large layers of heavy duty foil, but I swear to you that extra effort is worth it.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

The butterscotch is a can’t miss addition to this cake. Sure, the cheesecake is delicious on its own, but why pass up the opportunity to douse anything with a rich, decadent sauce like butterscotch? You could opt for store-bought, but let me encourage you, from the bottom of my heart, to consider making my favorite butterscotch sauce. Deb (yes, the one I met this past week) has the easiest, 5-ingredient sauce that you cannot screw up. I promise. If you prefer, Bobby Flay’s caramel sauce would do the trick here as well.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve got a lot of joy and fun memories from this past week that I’m dying to share with you, but for now, I hope you’ll accept this brown sugar cheesecake. It’s sweet, salty, and entirely delicious- a dessert worth sharing with the best blog readers and friends the world has to offer. Thank you for continuing to support the Wood and Spoon blog. You guys rock. 

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar cheesecake, you should check out:

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

S’Mores Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies 

 

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Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

The brown sugar cheesecake boasts a sweet and salty oatmeal crust and a gooey butterscotch sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 240
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/3 cup (110 gm) quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (45 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  4. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days. Serve with butterscotch sauce (see notes) or homemade caramel.

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.
  • I love the butterscotch sauce from Smitten Kitchen and Bobby Flay’s salted caramel sauce. See the post above for the link to these recipes.

Cheesecake adapted from Miette