Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fudge Instant Pudding, Sugar-Free from author @DarylWoodGerber + book #giveaway

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From Daryl aka Avery:

There are all sorts of things I want to make for my husband now that he has to eat sugar-free. One of his favorite foods is pudding. I went searching for a sugar-free recipe online and found one on Sugar-free Mom’s site, where she made the sugar-free pudding mix and then said we can make pudding anytime, in an instant. So cool! Her picture was so pretty, I had to try it.  This will make a great gift for the holidays, too!

Bonus:  It keeps for up to six months.

Thank you, Sugar-Free Mom. I’ll be returning to your site over and over, I’m sure.

Now, I have to admit I’ve never cooked with arrowroot. I remember giving my son arrowroot cookies as a little boy. Very soft and easy to chew. Sort of like animal crackers, remember?

Anyway, per Sugar Free Mom: ARROWROOT is NOT a root and not a “flour.” It is a perennial herb, found in rainforest type climates, which has several uses in the kitchen. The starch that is extracted from the rhizome is what is referred to as "arrowroot" in cooking and dietary terminology. This starch is easy to digest and being gluten free, can be used as a flour substitute for baking and thickening purposes. 



Ingredients Dry Pudding Mix:

1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup arrowroot powder (flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup erythritol (Note: I used Swerve)
1/4 teaspoon pure Stevia extract (dry, in packets) 


Combine all dry pudding ingredients and put in an airtight container. You can store for up to 6 months. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

To make pudding, using dry pudding mix:


3/4 cup dry pudding mix
1 cup milk, 1%
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla liquid Stevia (Note: I could not find this and used the chocolate version) 


In a saucepan, mix dry pudding with 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream. Whisk and bring to a boil. Then turn to low heat and simmer 3-4 minutes NO MORE OR IT WILL GET TOO THICK, stirring frequently.

Turn off heat and add the vanilla extract and the liquid stevia. Stir.

If necessary, pour pudding through a sieve. [Note: I did NOT do this.] Put 1/2-cup portions into serving dishes. I used a ladle.

Cover with plastic wrap 
directly on pudding (this will keep pudding “scum” from developing) and refrigerate 4 hours. Serve cold.

(Makes 4 portions)

About Fudging the Books:

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.
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Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

NOTE: This is not about “real pirates.” Pirate Week is a fun romp where folks dress up like pirates, climb rock walls, go whale watching, and take in Pirates of Penzance or hunt for missing gold doubloons.


I've set up a Goodreads giveaway for 5 lucky winners to win FUDGING THE BOOKS. It started July 15 and ends July 31.  Good luck! There is also a giveaway for the first in the series, FINAL SENTENCE.

Also I'm having a release party on Facebook on August 4th, so mark your calendars! Look for the event invitation if you already "like" me on Facebook. There will be giveaway prizes!

Also, I'll offering a giveaway August 3rd via my newsletter to someone (or a few someones) who are signed up to receive it! Don't delay. Sign up. Here's the newsletter giveaway. I put a video of this on Facebook if you want a close-up view!


Today's giveaway, as a thanks for being my fans, you will have your choice of one of the first three Cookbook Nook Mysteries OR one of any of the Cheese Shop Mysteries on the shelves + some fun swag. Leave a comment, with your email (cryptic, if you must) so I can contact you!  

And tell me what's your favorite thing to give out as a food gift!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. I will have to try that thanks for the recipe.

    1. Great, Penney. Thanks for chiming in. Want to leave your email, just in case?

      ~ Daryl

    2. sorry I forgot my email it's penneyw at sbcglobal dot net

  2. My favorite thing to give as a food gift is homemade chocolate chip cookies! This recipe sounds great, thanks for sharing!

  3. I like to give out cookies; my husband likes to give out quiches.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    1. What kinds of cookies and what kinds of quiche! It think that's amazing he'll make a quiche for a gift. Sweet.

      ~ Daryl

  4. My food gift are cookies. Thank you for sharing the pudding recipe!

    1. Cookies. Yep, I think that's almost always the favorite, don't you?

      ~ Daryl

  5. I like to give out our hot chocolate mix as gifts, everyone loves it!

    1. I give out hot chocolate mix at Christmas. So easy and so festive!

      ~ Daryl

  6. I don't give out food gifts, I guess. But this mix sounds very interesting! Thanks!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

    1. No worries. There are LOTS of people who don't give out food gifts. :)

      ~ Daryl

  7. My favorite food gift is fresh baked french bread 💖
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  8. My daughter has her own business, Aunt Pearlie's Farms, making jams and butters. So, I always give out jars of her goodies.

  9. My favorite food gift is homemade chocolate chip cookie bars , the pan always comes back empty !

    1. The bars are so easy to make, aren't they? I love cookie bars! And they're even easy Gluten-free.

      ~ Daryl

  10. I love to share pies! This holiday season I'm going to replicate all the recipes I love from all the cozy mysteries I've read! Brandylee033183 at yahoo dot com

    1. Brandy Lee, that sounds like so much fun!!

      ~ Daryl

  11. I make about 150 jars of wild blackberry jam every summer to give away at Christmas and use as hostess gifts throughout the year.

    1. How many days does that take you to make? A week or so, I imagine. You go, girl!

      ~ Daryl