Mystery Lovers Kitchen is delighted to welcome bestselling author Laura Bradford to our kitchen! We think you will love both her white chocolate peppermint blondie recipe and her new Amish mystery, SUSPENDERED SENTENCE. To be entered in today's drawing, make sure you leave a comment, including your email. Welcome Laura!
LAURA BRADFORD: Over the last decade or so, I’ve developed quite a love affair with white chocolate. But it took my daughter pairing it with peppermint in a to-die-for hot chocolate over the holidays to send me into the kitchen with a mission of my own: to create a white chocolate peppermint blondie.
If the reception I received from my husband and kids is any indication, I think I pulled it off. Now, if I can get Aunt Diane (from my Amish Mysteries) to serve it to her guests at Sleep Heavenly, I’ll know I truly got it right…
White Chocolate Peppermint Blondie
Preheat oven to 345 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan.
* 8 ounces white chocolate
* 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/2 Cup butter
* 1 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips
* Crushed candy cane
1. Melt the 8 ounces of chocolate with the butter in a double boiler. Stir constantly until smooth. Allow to cool.
2. In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add vanilla, peppermint, and sugar. Mix.
3. Add melted white chocolate to mixture. Mix.
4. Combine the flour and salt and then add to the white chocolate mixture.
5. Fold in chips.
6. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
8. Sprinkle the remaining white chocolate chips and crushed candy cane across the top of the blondie and let cool on a wire rack.
The national bestselling author of Shunned and Dangerous returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly has come to appreciate a simpler, more peaceful way of life. But dark secrets are about to complicate things—and lead to murder…
After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways.
Now Detective Jakob Fisher—once a member of the Amish community himself—is determined to solve the young woman's murder. With Claire's help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secrets—secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect.
Laura Bradford is the best-selling author of the Amish Mysteries and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey) with Penguin Random House. A third cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016. Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (the 4th Amish Mystery) is now available. WEDDING DURESS (the 10th Southern Sewing Circle Mystery) will release April 7th.
In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends.
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