Friday, October 7, 2011

Baking by the Books: Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

I read a lot of cozy mysteries that include yummy recipes for cookies and other baked items and I love to try the recipes (but I can't reprint them for obvious copyright reasons so you'll have to pick up the book if you want to try them!) so I've decided to share my results in a new post series called Baking by the Books. I'd love your feedback!

Twin Chocolate Delights
from Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

These are chocolately little gems ideal for chocolate connoisseurs.  They are made with a 1 teaspoon scoop so they're tiny, but potent, and are perfect with a cup of coffee.  And, due to their itty bitty size the recipe makes a zillion.  I ended up with almost two hundred.  Yup, that's hundred.  Thankfully my friends and family like their chocolate!

Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival - and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honour of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac - a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the confections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show - sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's 'cooking sweetheart' is a bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally boil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp - and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits. She's a baker without an oven - and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business - by finding the killer herself.


Ryan said...

The book sounds good, and I agree, sor some reason cozies wiht food are my favorites.

I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but they do look good.

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