Showing posts with label Kim Davis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kim Davis. Show all posts

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Double Layer Lemon Chiffon Pie from special guest Kim Davis #mystery #recipe #giveaway

Please join us in welcoming special guest Kim Davis: a woman who loves recipes and mysteries and has made the cozy world more interesting because of her interests. We have loved getting to know her and being featured on her amazing blog Cinnamon-Sugar-and-a-Little-Bit-of-Murder. We love her style!

Thanks so much for having me, Mary Jane! I love all the delectable recipes featured on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen along with the terrific books by so many talented authors and it’s an honor to be able to contribute my own recipe today! 

One of the many reasons I adore culinary mysteries is that food is a common bond between all humans. Not only is food nourishment for our bodies, it also speaks to our souls, to our emotions, creating memories while providing comfort. Culinary cozy mysteries combine puzzling plots along with food to bond the reader to the protagonist and the admirable characters. Plus, I’ve found so many amazing recipes through the books I read, that have become family favorites. 

I chose to share my recipe for Double Layer Lemon Chiffon Pie for a couple of reasons. Lemon just screams spring and summer to me with its bright, tart sweet burst of flavor in every bite. The meringue gives it a light and airy feel too, so you won’t feel weighted down by this dessert. And speaking of creating memories, this pie is one of my granddaughter’s most requested pies when we celebrate her half birthday, which happens to fall on Pi Day (March 14th) each year! It’s a tradition we’ve been celebrating for many, many years and one she looks forward to just about as much as she looks forward to her actual birthday…pies for half birthdays and cakes for birthdays. 

I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as we have! 

Double Layer Lemon Chiffon Pie


1 9-inch prepared graham cracker crust (gluten-free graham cracker crust works well too)

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin, divided
4 tablespoons water, divided
5 large eggs (2 whole eggs and 3 eggs separated)*
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

3/4 cup lemon juice (use fresh!)

1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces and brought to room temperature


Place 2 tablespoons water in a small dish, and remaining 2 tablespoons water in another small dish. 

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon gelatin over each dish containing water (using a total of 1 teaspoon gelatin). 

Let the gelatin soften for about 5 minutes. 
In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk the 2 eggs together with 3 egg yolks. Add 1 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt, whisking until smooth.

Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and heavy cream.

Place the saucepan over medium heat, and stirring constantly, cook until thickened. An instant read thermometer should register about 170 degrees. Don’t allow the mixture to boil.
Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons water and gelatin mixture and allow to sit for 2 minutes.

If lemon curd mixture seems lumpy, strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a heat-proof medium-sized bowl.
Place 1-1/4 cups of the curd into the bottom of the pie shell and place in freezer while you prepare the remaining filling.

Add the cream cheese and remaining water and gelatin mixture to the remaining lemon curd. 

Whisk until smooth. If the cream cheese doesn’t melt, place the mixture into the microwave for 10 seconds on high heat, then whisk again. Repeat as necessary. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the remaining 3 egg whites on medium speed about 2 minutes. Slowly add 1/4 cup granulated sugar then increase speed to medium-high. Whip until the egg whites are stiff, then turn off mixer.

Add the lemon curd, cream cheese mixture to the egg whites and fold until no white streaks remain.

Remove the lemon curd filled pie shell from the freezer and pour egg white mixture over the top, mounding slightly in the center of the pie.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving or up to 2 days. Garnish with whipped cream just before serving.

Be sure there are no specks of yolk or grease present in the mixing bowl and beaters used to whip the egg whites.

*Eating raw or undercooked eggs poses a health risk to everyone, but especially to the elderly, young children under age 4, pregnant women and other highly susceptible individuals with compromised immune systems. If you are concerned about consuming raw egg whites you can sometimes find pasteurized eggs at Whole Foods Market. Just don’t try using the pasteurized egg whites in a carton. They won’t whip up…trust me, I’ve tried! You can also try this method, but please use your discretion when consuming uncooked and/or undercooked items.

With my blog, Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder, I try to bring to life the culinary cozy mysteries that I read.  Besides posting a review of the book, (along with a giveaway posted by so many generous authors each week)  I share a recipe from the book, along with photos of the finished dish.  I also enjoy creating step-by-step YouTube videos showing how to make the recipe.  I've found when I'm attempting a new technique or preparing a dish I'm unfamiliar with, I like to see what each step is supposed to look like.  When I started my blog a little over two years ago, I couldn't entirely envision what it was going to be ... but I knew it would be food and mysteries.  I've been astounded at the support and welcome I've received from the cozy community which helped give me a clearer direction of how I wanted to develop my blog, making it something I so enjoy being a part of!

Our friend Kim Davis resides in Southern California with her husband. When not baking, photographing, or reading, she spends lots of time with her two granddaughters or working on special projects for them and their school.

There are lots of ways to stay in touch with Kim! Try these:

Cinnamon and Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder blog

Join Kim on Facebook

And follow her on Twitter  or Instagram

Kim was kind enough to do a recipe and a review of our latest book collector mystery. Because we're grateful to her, we'll offer a giveaway of THE HAMMETT HEX to one commenter who comes by and says hi to this special guest.   And now, I'm off to make this pie!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Welcome Kim Davis!

I am so thrilled to have Kim Davis as our guest today. She contacted me about making a cupcake based on a cocktail recipe in THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE. I had no idea how talented she was and could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the pictures. Kim's blog is . I know I'll be a regular there!

Wedded Blitz Martinis and Cupcakes

As soon as I read THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE by Krista Davis, I knew I had to try The Wedded Blitz Martini. This cocktail is a blend of mango nectar, cranberry juice, peach schnapps and vodka…yummy! Plus I loved Krista’s tongue-in-cheek humor in naming the drink - perfect for those of us who have walked down the “aisle” more than once, as Sophie Winston’s sister does in the Domestic Diva series. 

After tasting Krista’s delicious concoction a time…or two…I was inspired to create a cupcake based on those ingredients. Current wedding trends have the bridal couple showcasing a signature cocktail at their wedding reception and often have cookies, cupcakes or candy dessert tables aside from the traditional wedding cake. I think it would be fun to have Krista’s Wedded Blitz cocktail served alongside complimentary flavored cupcakes. These two recipes would also fit right in at a bachelorette party or a bridal shower…or anytime friends want to get together!

My cupcake recipe may look daunting but the various layers add extra flavor and it's not as labor intensive as you might think. I tinkered with the recipe three times based on my taste testers' input. In the first version I used the liquid ratios from the Wedded Blitz Martini and they said it was good, just not a lot of flavor aside from sweet. I cut back on the vodka (because its mild flavor was washed out by the flour and sugar) but increased the peach schnapps for the second version. I also simmered and reduced the fruit juices to intensify their flavor. It got better reviews. The third version I adjusted flour and sugar ratios for better texture and I finally received the two thumbs up I was looking for. 

Please read through the entire cupcake recipe and instructions before beginning to bake. The fruit juice reduction needs to be completed before starting the cupcakes. 

Wedded Blitz Martinis
For One Serving
1 jigger vodka
3/4 jigger peach schnapps
1 jigger cranberry juice
1/2 jigger mango nectar
For a Party Pitcher – 10 servings
2 cups vodka
1-1/3 cup peach schnapps
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup mango nectar
Stir ingredients together and serve, or add to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, vigorously shake then strain liquid into a martini glass. Garnish the martini glass rim with colored sugar if desired.

Wedded Blitz Cupcakes

1-1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (6.5 ounces) cake flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup Peach Schnapps
3 tablespoons mango and cranberry juice reduction (recipe below)
Mango & Cranberry Juice Reduction
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup mango nectar
1/2 cup (2.3 ounces) confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon vodka
2 tablespoons mango and cranberry reduction
4 cups (18 ounces) confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter or vegan margarine, room temperature
1 tablespoon vodka
1 tablespoon Peach Schnapps
2 tablespoons mango and cranberry reduction (plus additional if needed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line muffin tins with cupcake wrappers and lightly spritz with cooking spray. I found my tulip cupcake liners were difficult to separate, so do this before you begin mixing the batter. Once the liquid is introduced to the flour you want to start baking the cupcakes as soon as possible.
Mango & Cranberry Reduction
Place mango and cranberry juices into a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low and gently simmer until liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. You will use this mixture 3 different times.
Reduction Tips
  • You can make this a few days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.
  • If you reduce liquid to less than 1/2 cup simply add equal amounts of mango and cranberry juice to make up the difference as long as you don’t need to add more than 2 additional tablespoons.
Place sugar and dried cranberries into the bowl of a food processor and pulse about 20 times. You want bigger pieces of cranberries along with smaller pieces.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
In a small bowl whisk the peach schnapps and mango & cranberry juice reduction together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with an electric hand-held mixer on medium-high speed about 30 seconds.
Add the oil and beat on medium speed for one minute.
Slowly add the sugar and cranberry mixture and beat until incorporated.
Add about half the flour mixture and mix until smooth.
Add half the peach schnapps mixture and mix on low until smooth.
Repeat with the remaining flour and liquid until all is incorporated and batter is smooth, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed.
Pour batter into cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full. This batter is thin and I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup for filling the liners.
Bake 13 - 15 minutes, rotating pans half way through baking. Cupcakes will be done when a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into middle. These develop a brown toasty color.
Remove from oven and let rest in cupcake tin for 5 minutes.
While the cupcakes rest, mix the glaze ingredients together.
Remove from tin and place on wire cooling rack.
Immediately poke holes over the tops of the cupcakes using the tines of a fork.
Brush with the glaze, allowing to soak in before applying more. Use all the glaze.
Whisk the confectioner's sugar, vodka and juice reduction together until completely smooth.

I found that the frosting whipped up more creamy and fluffy in my standing mixer than using an electric hand-held mixer, but either will work fine.
Mix together the vodka, peach schnapps and the juice reduction and set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer cream butter until smooth, about 1 minute on medium.
Reduce speed to low and slowly add about 1/3 of the confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth.
Add about 1/3 of the liquid and beat until incorporated.
Repeat alternating with the sugar and liquid until all has been added.
Increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
If the frosting seems too thick add additional juice reduction, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition until desired consistency is reached.
Place frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe swirls onto the cupcakes.
Garnish the cupcakes with edible pearl candies if desired.

I have shared the following Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen authors’ recipes on my blog:

Kim Davis

I launched my blog in February 2015, so I’m very new at this. However, I had given my ideas a lot of thought (about 2 years’ worth!) so I had a good inkling of the direction I wanted to go by the time I was free to commit to this project. So many of my friends told me I should blog, which planted the seeds. Initially I had thought my site would be more about cookie and cake decorating since I love doing that for my two granddaughters. My decorating is a self-taught hobby (not a job), but in addition to that hobby I love to read and bake all kinds of treats so it seemed I should incorporate all of what I love to do.

I’ve collected numerous culinary cozy mystery recipes over the years and still have favorites that I make often. It seemed a perfect fit to share the books I love to read with my audience AND share the recipes I try out from the culinary mysteries I read. It has been a pleasure connecting with so many authors that I admire and I appreciate the opportunity to share their wonderful recipes!

Today Krista is giving away a copy of THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE 

KISS to one lucky person who leaves a comment! Remember to

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