A Restaurant Review – Fired Urth

Okay, so Fired Urth isn’t actually a restaurant, but rather a self-described Espresso Bar and Artisan Bakery. I’m not going to beat around the bush here. This place is good! As a matter of fact, it’s my new favorite place.

Chris and Missy, the husband and wife owners, recently moved to Daniel Island from North Carolina where they had a cupcake and coffee shop as well. You can read their full story here. They opened Fired Urth just this past week and I happened to notice it while on a run over the weekend. I immediately looked it up when I got home and was more than intrigued. After being ready for work a little earlier than normal yesterday, I knew exactly how to make use of my extra time.

I walked into the cafe and noticed the local Christian radio station was playing over the speakers. Bonus points! 
First and foremost I needed coffee in my system. But I couldn’t help but stare into the bakery case. 

I quickly skimmed the drink menu and decided I had to go with their signature drink: The Cinn-A-Bee Latte, made with two shots of espresso, steamed milk, cinnamon and honey ($4). 
I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get out of there without the ghost of one of these pastries haunting my day! (These are the things I tell myself…) There were a variety of scones, coffee cake, and biscotti, just to name a few. I picked a pumpkin scone ($2), and Missy was so kind to throw in a Donut Muffin too! She said this is one of their most popular items – a muffin that tastes like a donut and coated in sugar. Sounds right up my ally, huh? 

My hot latte and freshly baked goods smiled pretty for a quick photo shoot in my car. As tempting as it was to eat it right then and there, I really wanted to be able to take my time and enjoy my treats, not distracted by driving. So I drove quickly to work, settled in at my desk, and savored each sip and bite. 

The scone was soft, dense and chewy with the perfect pumpkin spice flavor. Traditional scones are much more dry and crumbly. There is a time and place for that, but not with this scone. Since I had the donut muffin too, I ended up saving half of each pastry for my afternoon later. After all, I didn’t want to put myself in complete sugar overload. 
The muffin truly did capture the essence of a donut. It is a genius creation and I could have eaten five. Self control, my friends. It doesn’t always come easily!

Fellow Charlestonians need to make a visit to my next of the woods on Daniel Island and try this place as soon as you can. I am already dreaming of my next trip. It’s not often I spend money on morning coffee, since I get it for free at work or just make it at home. But with such a great place so close to home now, that could change. 
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Baked Double Mocha Donuts

Did you know this past Saturday was National Coffee Day?? ….Oh yeah, I did too. Duh. 
No, not really. Complete coincidence that I made a batch of Baked Double Mocha Donuts on Saturday. Or maybe it was fate. 

Having never baked anything with coffee, I didn’t know what to expect. I love a cup or two of morning joe as much as the next person, but I have never been inclined to go for coffee flavored treats. Regardless, something about this recipe spoke to me. Plus, I’m always up for using my donut pan! (This is the one I have in case you’re curious: Wilton Six Standard Doughnut Pan)
I ended up with plenty of leftover batter after filling the donut pan wells, so I filled a mini muffin tin for “donut holes”. 

Yes. Yes. And yes. Everything about this. Just, YES. 
Out of all of the donuts I have made, these have won my heart and I’m sure they will win yours too.

Double Mocha Donuts

(Adapted from Crazy for Crust)

Makes about 8 regular donuts (or 6 regular and 8 “donut holes”)

Ingredients:
For the donuts-
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the frosting-
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brewed coffee

Chocolate sprinkles, as desired

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, coffee, egg, vanilla and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until combined, but do not overmix.
4. Use a spoon to scoop batter into donut wells. Fill about 3/4 the way. Bake 8-10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in donut comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before removing from pan. Place on cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
5. While donuts are cooling, prepare frosting by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl. Blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Frost and sprinkle donuts as desired.

Almost Feels Like Home

I made the trip to D.C. last night with Greg and a couple of our other friends. Morgan’s services are today, but it still doesn’t seem real. Fortunately, my oldest brother Ryan lives right outside of D.C. and is letting us crash here. Unfortunately, Ryan isn’t even here this weekend (he is visiting our family back in Ohio). It’s so weird because I was supposed to be coming here in about a month for my first visit and had already talked to Morgan about meeting up. Now I am here just a few weeks early and have to say goodbye.

Although I wish Ryan could be here, since it is in fact his place, it was so comforting walking in late last night to an apartment full of furniture from home. His kitchen table and chairs are those from our old house in Ohio. His dishes, also from home. Seeing the pictures he has of our family around the apartment were so nice to see too.

But what we all really noticed was the coffee selection! It’s like a coffee shop in this place!

And then comes the creamer selection…

We made ourselves a big pot of DD French Vanilla to wake ourselves up on this somber morning. I added the Creme Brule creamer to mine. It was excellent 🙂 Thanks to Ryan’s Underground House of Fun Coffee for the service (inside family joke, just ignore if you don’t understand 🙂 )

Being away from home also means no cooking. Since we got a bit of a late start, we skipped breakfast and headed straight for lunch. I remembered D.C. has CHIPOTLE! Yet another place Charleston does not have. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much. I do live in a city known for it’s distinct cuisine.

For a restaurant I used to visit almost weekly while living in Columbus, where I can find a Chipotle within a ten minute drive of wherever I am, it is so rare to me now that it’s always a special treat whenever I get to go.

No matter how healthy I try to eat, sometimes I just can’t resist the satisfaction of biting into a nice big burrito. Well, today isn’t one of those days. I couldn’t even finish my bowl today. Again, very rare. 

I got a Chicken Burrito Bowl with fajita veggies, tomato, corn, and just a little cheese and sour cream. I have tried holding off on the sour cream before, but have found that it helps bring all of the ingredients together. I figure it can’t hurt too much. Everything in moderation 🙂
I hope everyone has a great Friday.