Sunday, September 24, 2017

Please Welcome Elizabeth J. Duncan #Giveaway



Today we welcome guest author Elizabeth J. Duncan back to the Mystery Lover’s Kitchen. The author of two series: the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills, Elizabeth is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada’s best light mystery.
The paperback edition of Ill Met by Murder (Catskills #2) will be released October 10, and the hardback edition of Much Ado About Murder (Catskills #3) on November 7.
The Shakespeare in the Catskills series is published by Crooked Lane Books.
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Nothing says autumn in upstate New York like apples. So when Paula Van Dusen, chairman of the board of directors of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, decides to give a dinner party to welcome two new British members to the troupe, an apple pie accompanied by artisan cheddar cheese and freshly churned vanilla ice cream is on the menu. After all, what’s more American than apple pie? Unfortunately, one of the guests is found dead the next morning, but that had nothing to do with the delicious dinner prepared by Paula’s kitchen staff! It was all just Much Ado About Murder!
However, if unlike Paula, you have no help, and no time to bake an apple pie, why not try this delicious quick bread that summons up all the flavours of apple pie without the bother? A perfect accompaniment to a cup of morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Apple and cinnamon quick bread
Ingredients
2/3 cup brown sugar, divided
½ tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter softened, or margarine suitable for baking
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk or buttermilk
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp melted butter

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray an 8x4 loaf pan.
Combine 1/3 cup of brown sugar with cinnamon in small bowl and set aside.
Cream white sugar, remaining brown sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
Stir together flour and baking powder. Add to egg mixture alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour. Do not over mix.
Pour half of batter into pan, sprinkle with half the chopped apples and half the remaining cinnamon mixture.
Stir the remaining apples into remaining batter and pour into pan. Top with remaining cinnamon mixture.
Bake approx. 40 minutes. Brush topping with melted butter. Continue baking an additional five to 10 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to rack to finish cooling.
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Cream white sugar, remaining brown sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

Pour half of batter into pan, sprinkle with half the chopped apples and half the
remaining cinnamon mixture.

Stir the remaining apples into remaining batter and pour into pan.
Top with remaining cinnamon mixture.

Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

Enjoy!


To win a paperback copy of Ill Met by Murder, or an ARC of Much Ado About Murder (publisher’s choice) simply leave a comment below. USA only. 



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66 comments:

  1. Welcome, Elizabeth! Love the quick bread recipe and I'd love to read your books. EMS591@aol.com

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  2. Thank you for the bread recipe! Sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading this series!

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  3. Oh, this will be my first fall quick bread of the season. The grocery store has been highlighting apples and this will be perfect.
    Many thanks for sharing the recipe.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  4. Welcome, Elizabeth! The books sound delightful, and I'm thrilled to have a new apple recipe because I'm hip-deep in apples at the moment and at this rate I'm going to be handing them out to strangers on the street.

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    1. If I were nearby I'd be by with a big bag to help you out with all those apples!

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  5. Very interesting timing on this post. At this moment I have 3 1gal.bags of apples already prepped for pies and 4 1gal. bags of pie dough in the fridge. I also have another 10 lbs. of cortlands and macs ready for the grandkids to core, peel and cut for more pies.

    My wife's family custom is to break the Fast of Yom Kippor on apple pies using her grandmother's recipe.

    I do love books set i n Upstate NY as it's one of my go to's for summer vacation.

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    1. Hope a few of your apples will find their way into this recipe!

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  6. The quick bread sounds good.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  7. Feels like I have been waiting forever for new apples so I am excited to see this recipe which I plan to make very soon. The book sounds good too, especially since I live in the foothills of the Catskills!

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    1. Hi Judi. Love the Catskills. Hope you enjoy the apple quick bread.

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  8. Thank you for the recipe, sounds delicious.

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  9. Delectable recipe for fall. I love apples and during the fall I make baked apples, apple cake and applesauce for the little ones who love the desserts. Books in Upstate N.Y. are captivating and with Shakespeare even better. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the great recipe. The book sounds captivating and unique. Apples are my baking fruit every year and especially Mac's. Spy's and Empire. I love upstate N.Y. and have vacationed there for years. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Welcome, Elizabeth. The cake (and the setting) look fabulous. Congrats on your series with Crooked Lane Books! I'm enjoying them as a publisher myself. ~ Daryl

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  13. I'm going to try this with Gluten Free, Cup 4 Cup; wish me luck!

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    1. Good luck! Not familiar with gluten free baking.

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    2. Do you use a gluten free mix? We usually use almond meal or coconut flour for baking gluten free. I've used Pamela's in the past with some success. It's a little too many carbs for some of the purists in our family. I'd be interested in the product you use and the results. Looks yummy.

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