Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gluten-free Ginger Muffins + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

Giveaway and cover reveal below!

After making curry last week, I had an extra chunk of ginger left over. I hate having something in my refrigerator that I "know" I can use, but have no idea what to make. Plus there's a "ginger cat" in my Cookbook Nook Mysteries, so I simply had to honor Tigger in some way, right?

I went searching online for a recipe for ginger muffins. I love muffins. I found one recipe, but it made a huge amount of muffins.  It also included buttermilk, and I didn't have that. And it used regular flour.

What's a girl to do?

Tweak! (If I were into tattoos, I might have this tattooed on my ankle!  LOL)

I cut the recipe in half and used a lot of lemon juice to flavor these little gems. Warm out of the oven? Heaven!

Yes, I made them gluten-free, but if you can eat regular flour, just substitute the gluten-free flour with regular and omit the xanthan gum. You can probably omit the whey powder, too. However, TIP: I use that to keep my gluten-free baked items from drying out too fast.

The lemon zest and lemon juice give these muffins a nice kick.

The recipe says to keep the skin on the ginger. Really? Yep. That's the way it was done. It adds to the flavor! Having a food processor really helps. I'm not sure these would taste the same if the ginger was simply "hand-chopped."  But if you don't have a processor, give it a go.


Gluten-free Ginger Muffins
(makes 8)

A 1-ounce piece unpeeled ginger root
9 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon lemon zest with some pith
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice plus 7 tablespoons milk (= ½ cup)
1 cup gluten-free flour
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 tablespoon whey powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease or line 8 muffin pans.
If you have a food processor, cut the ginger into cubes, and then process the ginger until it is in tiny pieces. Or, hand-chop it into fine pieces. You should have about 2 tablespoons. It is better to have too much ginger than too little.

Put the ginger and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until the sugar has melted and the mixture is hot. Do not walk away - the sugar will melt quite quickly. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool completely.

Grate the lemon zest into the food processor. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar and process together. Add the zest mixture to the cooling ginger mixture and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter slightly, then add the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg and the 1/2 cup lemon-milk mixture and mix until blended.

Add the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, whey powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and beat until smooth. Add the cooled lemon-ginger mixture and mix well.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups so that each cup is about 3/4 full.

If desired, sprinkle with a dusting of granulated sugar.

Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.

So moist!!


On February 20, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery comes out.   Yay!!!

Welcome to Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .

As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a wine press, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived lusty wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again? 


Yes, that's Tigger in the Robin Hood hat. He's not pleased!  LOL  The book will come out in e-book and print on demand. You can preorder the e-book now. You have to wait until the day of release for the paperback. I promise I'll remind you. ORDER NOW


To celebrate, I'm giving away to one commenter her choice of any of the first 5 titles in the series.  Tell me what you think the title for book 7 should be. It needs to have a foodie type word and a bookish type word in it. It's set around Christmas. Ready, set, go!  (It's not easy; I must warn you.) If you don't have any ideas, tell me what Christmas theme you think I should focus on. I'll announce the winner Saturday.

Savor the mystery!

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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.

GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
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the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
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GIRL ON THE RUN a stand-alone suspense
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
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my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.
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  1. Great recipe! As for the book title... hmm... you're right, this isn't easy, haha. How about this: "Santa's Cookies Are To Die For." Some sort of mystery novel could come of that, right? ;)

    1. Cute! No title will be turned away at this point. :) ~ Daryl

  2. Love your books! The book title I came up with is “Rolling Out The Ending.” It was hard to come up with something! My brain could only come up with rolling and stuck to it! LOL I’m sure I’ll think of a better one. That’s usually how it goes! You do a great job at picking out your titles! I love them! Thank you for sharing the recipe and for the chance to win one of your books!

    1. JM - Cute title. Putting it on my list. ~ Daryl

  3. Those muffins look wonderful! Although - not sure about the skin on the ginger. Hmmm...

    I am terrible about titles. However, I do love ginger and especially gingerbread cookies, which I have made for years at Christmas. Maybe something with 'run, run as fast as you can - you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man'. LOL

    1. Kay, you can't even tell the skin is there. Just gives a nice texture and zing. ~ Daryl

  4. Baked & Booked For Murder! Love the recipe! Thanks for the giveaway! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Doward, Cute title. Putting it on my list. ~ Daryl

  5. Cookie Pressed

  6. Savor the Goodies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Cooking the books. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. You won this giveaway! I'll contact you via email. ~ Daryl

  8. Uh....Stealing the Stollen. Larceny and Lebkuchen.

  9. Fatal Fruitcake

    1. Ha. I know a few fatal fruitcakes. LOL ~ Daryl

  10. Milk and Murder for Santa how is that for a title. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. I have no idea how you come up with the great titles for your books. Maybe the book could be centered around a Christmas party.

    1. I think a Christmas party will figure in nicely. ~ Daryl

  12. How about Spicing Up the Book? or Plot? I love the recipe and will make it. Love gluten free recipes! Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. These muffins sound wonderful.
    It's late in the day and my creative juices aren't up to snuff.

    1. Libby, no worries. I'm glad you like the muffins. ~ Daryl

  14. I like that you put a note not to walk away. I tend to do that. Not sure on the title. Thyme for the holidays?

    1. Jana, cute title. Yes, when cooking certain things, it's important to stick around. :) ~ Daryl

  15. Set during a school Christmas so or pagent, it's an event that would make me want to Kill myself or others especially if I had to attend more than one.

  16. Bloody Read Christmas Gift

    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

  17. The Gluten-free Ginger Muffins recipe sounds to die for. I love gingerbread and anything that resembles it.

    LOVE the cover of "Pressing the Issue"! Tigger may not look pleased but he sure looks stately on the cover. :)

    Ok, here's my flimsy suggestions for the next book. No, it's not easy and took be over night thinking to come up with these two suggestions. :)
    Stewed Point of View or Sticky Fruitcake Situation

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book of my choice in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries series!

    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  18. Ok I'm trying to think if I am going up the stairs or down. I could have sworn I answered this earlier to day, but nothing is showing up. SO, if it's a repeat - I'm sorry. If not, hey better to be safe than sorry.

    The Gluten-free Ginger Muffins sounds heavenly. I've always loved gingerbread since my Granny use to bake it for me when I was young.

    Love the cover for "Pressing the Issue"! Tigger may not look pleased, but I think he looks regal.

    My idea for the title for book 7 is either Stewed Point of View or Sticky Fruitcake Situation.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of one of the Cookbook Nook books!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  19. Maybe Icing the Gingerbread? I pre-ordered this new book, btw--and great recipe! Thanks for the giveaway,

  20. Can't think of a Christmas theme so I'll just say something wacky - cupcakes on a Christmas tree. Popcorn is a better choice since it won't go bad. Haven't had my coffee yet so my thinking cap isn't on. When I first saw the cover elsewhere I thought Tigger was wearing a party hat!

  21. This giveaway was won by Petite, by random selection. Congrats and tell a friend! ~ Daryl