Showing posts with label Holiday Buzz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Buzz. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Turn Candy Canes into Peppermint Syrup and a Tote Bag Giveaway via Cleo Coyle



Got extra candy canes? Then you can make this excellent pink peppermint syrup. It's delicious stirred into hot cocoa, coffee, and tea; drizzled over ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes; and splashed into Christmas cocktails. 

And speaking of Christmas, as a little Christmas gift to you this week, I'm giving away a Coffeehouse Mystery tote bag and autographed copies of my latest release Once Upon a Grind, now a bestselling hardcover from Penguin. More on the giveaway at the very end of this post...



Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here or here.

Whether you're new to the Coffeehouse Mystery series or have been reading them since the first book was published (circa 2003), my husband and I extend our sincerest thanks for supporting our work. 

Enjoy the recipe, everyone, and have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

~ Cleo








How to Turn Candy Canes
into Pink Peppermint Syrup

A recipe from...
A Coffeehouse Mystery

Click here to see the 
book's free Recipe Guide.

This sweet potent syrup is delicious licked right off the spoon, but you may want to serve it over ice cream, drizzle it over sugar cookies, stir it into hot chocolate, or use it the way my amateur sleuth (coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi) doesto make delicious Candy Cane Lattes and Cappuccinos. Here's how to put your own leftover candy canes to good use...

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
8 large candy canes, broken up


Directions: Pour the water and sugar into a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the candy cane pieces to the mix and continue stirring and heating. When the candy canes begin to melt, the mix will turn a milky pink. Keep cooking and stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil and continue stirring for 3–4 minutes, until
 the mixture begins to thicken up. Test it by coating the back of a spoon (see my photos below). Remove from heat. Allow the syrup to cool in the pan before transferring to a storage jar or plastic bottle. To speed up the cooling process, I pop my plastic squeeze bottle into an ice water bath (or the freezer). Unused syrup should be stored in the refrigerator. When chilled, this peppermint syrup will thicken up quite a bit. To re-use, simply put the squeeze bottle or jar of syrup into a warm water bath or microwave for ten seconds. 




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Recipe as a free PDF.
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Recipe PDF

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Recipe as a free PDF.

Looking for a
Christmas-themed
mystery this week?



If you're looking for a Christmas-themed mystery this week, I can suggest two in my Coffeehouse series: In Holiday Buzz, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi caters a glittering New York holiday party and finds the murdered body of a young baker's assistant, a crime that she vows to solve. In Holiday Grind a kindly sidewalk Santa is slain, and Clare is on the case, not only to find his killer but rekindle the meaning of Christmas...







May your
holidays be bright!


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


Friend me on facebook here. * Follow me on twitter here
Learn about our books here
 

Now a Bestselling
Hardcover!


"Fresh and fun...clever" ~ Booklist
"Charming, vivid, memorable" ~ RT Book Reviews
"Wicked good" ~ Library Journal


Delicious recipes are also featured in my
14th 
culinary mystery, Once Upon a Grind, including...

* Black Forest Brownies * Cappuccino Blondies
* Shrimp Kiev * Dr. Pepper Glazed Chicken
* Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies
* Fryer Tuck's Ale-Battered Onion Rings
* Poor Man's Caviar * Caramel-Dipped Meltaways

...and many more recipes, including
a guide to reading coffee grinds...


See the book's
Recipe Guide (free PDF)

* * * 

Book and
Tote Bag Giveaway






Enter to win this custom-made Coffeehouse Mystery
tote bag and an autographed copy of Once Upon a Grind
by visiting my Christmas Week guest post at
Mason Canyon's Thoughts in Progress blog.
Simply leave a comment on the post over there,
and you are entered to win!

Click Here to visit.
See you there!

~ Cleo




More Christmas Giveaways!

If you are a subscriber to our Coffeehouse Mystery
newsletter, Marc and I invite you to enter more
holiday giveaways linked in our recently
sent newsletter.

If you are new to us and would like to subscribe
to our n
ewsletter, click hereYou will receive an
auto-reply with 
a link to our most recent editions.
Look inside for more holiday contests.

Thanks and good luck!
~ Cleo



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to Make Glazed Eggnog Muffins + a #bookgiveaway from mystery author Cleo Coyle


'Tis the season for eggnog! This classic holiday flavor is one of my favorites, and Marc's, too. (If you're new to this blog, Marc is not only my husband, but also my partner in crime writing.) 


http://cleocoylebooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/13-billionaire-blend/
Billionaire Blend,
now an official
national bestseller in
hardcover.
Billionaire Blend is the newest entry in our long-running Coffeehouse Mystery series. It was released earlier this month to a Starred Review from Kirkus, a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, and is now officially a Top-10 national bestseller in hardcover** (huzzah!). 

**B&N, Nielsen Bookscan, and (for the first time), Baker & Taylor!

I'm guest blogging about the book with a fun contest at Dru's Book Musings this week.


Scroll to the end of this recipe
for the link to the contest...




Now Back to the Food!

Today's recipe is the second eggnog muffin I've shared with readers. The first was in last year's "holiday special" Coffeehouse Mystery, HOLIDAY BUZZ. You'll find the recipe (pictured below) in the recipe section of that book...



Eggnog Crumb Muffins from
Holiday Buzz: A Coffeehouse Mystery

http://www.coffeehousemysteries.com/userfiles/file/Holiday-Buzz-Recipes_Cleo-Coyle.pdf
To see the many festive recipes
featured in Holiday Buzz,
click here.

The crumb muffin (above) is a very tasty "from scratch" version. Today's muffin is a quick-and-easy large batch recipe with a cake mix starter and a delicious eggnog glaze. It's just as tender and tasty as the scratch version and just as eggnoggy (yes, I made up that word).

Both muffins are delicious and festive. Whichever way you make them, I hope you will bake them with love and eat them with (holiday) joy!

~ Cleo




Cleo Coyle, baker of
"eggnoggy" muffins is author
 of The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Cleo Coyle's
Eggnog Muffins


In Holiday Buzz, I describe these muffins and how they came about...

During her years raising her daughter alone in New Jersey, my amateur sleuth, Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, created this easy "cake mix" recipe for her In the Kitchen with Clare column. The recipe produces tender and delicious breakfast or coffee break treats with the seasonal flavors of eggnog, nutmeg, and (if you like) even a spirited splash of rum. The eggnog glaze puts a lovely finish on each muffin, boosting the flavor while dressing them up for your Season's eatings. Enjoy! ~ Cleo 


For a free PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here


Makes 24 muffins

One Yellow Cake Mix (Butter Recipe)

1-1/2 cups Eggnog

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork

1-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional addition: 1 tsp. rum extract or 1 Tbsp. dark rum

Directions: Using an electric mixer, blend eggnog, butter, eggs, salt, vanilla, (and rum, if adding) in a large bowl. Once blended, add the cake mix and beat at medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes. Line muffin tins with paper liners, divide batter among them. Bake for 20 minutes in a well-preheated 350° F oven. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a test muffin comes out with no wet batter clinging to it. Remove from oven. Allow to cool and dip tops into eggnog glaze (as shown below). 

Cleo's Eggnog Glaze

In a saucepan warm 1/2 cup eggnog and 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat. Do not allow this mixture to boil! If it does, you may get a scorched taste in your glaze. When butter is just melted, stir in (about) 3-1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar. I also like to add in 1/2 teaspoon rum extract. If you really like rum, you may want to increase this amount; if you dislike rum, leave out the extract. 


Keep stirring until the sugar is melted and a smooth glaze forms. If you did not sift the sugar, you may need to whisk the glaze to smooth out any clumping. If the gaze seems too loose, add more confectioners’ sugar, if it’s too thick, spoon in a bit more eggnog until you get the consistency you like. Test on a plate. The glaze should drizzle easily off the spoon but harden fairly quickly once it cools on the plate. 


Dip the tops of each muffin into the glaze as shown in my photos. Remember that the glaze is hot! So watch your fingers. Finish with an optional sprinkling of Nutmeg Sugar before the glaze hardens.

NUTMEG SUGAR: Whisk together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle over freshly glazed eggnog muffins.






Win and Autographed 
Copy of Billionaire Blend and 2 more fun prizes...

*Star Reviewed ~ Kirkus

"Top Pick" ~ RT Book Reviews


"...a highly satisfying mystery."
~ Publishers Weekly



Update: This contest is now over, but you can still enter the contest at Kings River Life magazine (of CA):




And Note:
Two new contests to win the
book and extra fun prizes
are starting Christmas Day.


Stop by my
website for links to those or 
subscribe to my newsletter. 



Simply write an e-mail 
that says "sign me up"
and send it to...

CoffeehouseMystery(at)gmail(dot)com





Read with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.







To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.
 






Free Title Checklist!


The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
13 titles includes the added bonus of recipes.

To download a free checklist of titles (in order)
with mini plot summaries, click here.




The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

To learn more, click here.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How to Turn Candy Canes into Peppermint Syrup + a Giveaway for Gourmet Hot Chocolate from Cleo Coyle



Got extra candy canes? Then you can make this excellent pink peppermint syrup. It's delicious drizzled over cookies or stirred into hot cocoa. In fact, as a little Christmas gift to you, I'm giving away a canister of gourmet hot chocolate (classic or "wicked") from Jacques Torres


I'll tell you more about this tasty giveaway after the recipe below from my new culinary mystery, Holiday Buzz, now a Top-10 New York Times bestseller. Yes, we're popping champagne this week, and also sending thanks to you. Whether you're new to the Coffeehouse Mystery series or have been reading them since the first book was published (circa 2003), my husband and I extend our sincerest thanks for supporting our work.


Cleo Coyle, who is thrilled 
that she was able to add 
New York Times bestselling 
author to her Twitter profile 
without having to co-author 
a celebrity diet book. 
(Yeah, that felt good.)
Enjoy the recipe below, everyone, and have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!



~ Cleo

(Friend me on facebook here.)




To see more of the recipes 
featured in Holiday Buzz,
click here to open the
illustrated Recipe Guide.
How to Turn Candy Canes into Pink
Peppermint Syrup


A recipe from... 

Cleo Coyle's
Holiday Buzz:
A Coffeehouse Mystery 


This sweet, potent syrup is delicious licked right off the spoon, but you may want to serve it over ice cream, drizzle it over sugar cookies, stir it into hot chocolate, or use it the way my amateur sleuth (Clare Cosi) does--to make delicious Candy Cane Lattes and Cappuccinos. Here's how to put your own leftover candy canes to good use...

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
8 large candy canes, broken up

Directions: Pour the water and sugar into a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the candy cane pieces to the mix and continue stirring and heating. When the candy canes begin to melt, the mix will turn a milky pink. Keep cooking and stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil and continue stirring for 3–4 minutes, until
 the mixture begins to thicken up. Test it by coating the back of a spoon (see my photos below). Remove from heat. Allow the syrup to cool in the pan before transferring to a storage jar or plastic bottle. To speed up the cooling process, I pop my plastic squeeze bottle into an ice water bath (or the freezer). Unused syrup should be stored in the refrigerator. When chilled, this peppermint syrup will thicken up quite a bit. To re-use, simply put the squeeze bottle or jar of syrup into a warm water bath or microwave for ten seconds. 


F o o d i e 
p h o t o s











May your
holidays be bright!


~ Cleo Coyle, author of 




Holiday Buzz:
A Coffeehouse Mystery

Now a Top-10

New York Times
bestseller...


A Mystery Guild
Featured Alternate
Selection



Kirkus Reviews:
“Jingle bells, beautiful displays, scrumptious treats:
Holiday season in New York City has it all,
including murder…Coyle’s coffeehouse series
captures the New York experience,
from high-society parties to gritty back-street deals.
The fine mystery is followed by some holiday
recipes that will even pack the pounds on readers
who are only browsing them.”

RT Book Reviews
"A fun mixture of family, romance, cooking and...
a perfect Christmas mystery. A treat..."






Enter to win
gourmet hot chocolate
from Jacques Torres
(classic or "wicked")!


To enter, you must jump over
to Babs Book Bistro.

Babs is a follower of this blog and a longtime reader of cozy mysteries. She posted her thoughts on Holiday Buzz and was kind enough to run our Christmas giveaway this week. Enjoy her review and good luck on the giveaway!

Click here to jump
to Babs' blog and...




Check out a Holiday Buzz book 
giveaway at King's River Life,
(an online California magazine),
by clicking here.



Good luck, everyone! 
~ Cleo