Sunday, January 28, 2018

Welcome Guest Author Edith Maxwell with Maple Curry Biscuits and a Giveaway!

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I’m delighted to be back on Mystery Lovers Kitchen! Biscuits and Slashed Browns, my fourth Country Store Mystery (written by my alter-ego, Maddie Day), releases on Tuesday. It takes place during the Maple Festival in Brown County, Indiana, and there’s a breakfast cook-off in chef Robbie Jordan’s country store restaurant, Pans ‘N Pancakes. 

Robbie dreamed up Maple Curry Biscuits for her entry. They didn’t win first prize in the contest, but Robbie’s customers don’t care. You’ll love the way the spices give special warmth when you eat these biscuits.

I’ll give away a copy of the book to one commenter here today, so you can read all about the cook-off yourself.

Congrats the winner of Edith's new mystery: Sandy G.!

Maple Curry Biscuits

Makes a dozen.

Preheat oven to 450. 
(With inspiration from the Tassajara Bread Book)


1 cup whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
1 cup unbleached white flour (or use all whole wheat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
A dash to 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or hot chili pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter cut in half-inch cubes
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup real maple syrup, plus 2 tablespoons (Option: if you like a sweeter biscuit, omit the milk and use 1/2 cup maple syrup)


Mix the dry ingredients. Cut butter into the flour mix until mostly pea-sized pieces.

Make a well in the middle and add the eggs, 1/4 cup syrup, and milk, mixing with a fork in the well. Stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour. Do not overmix.

Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and on the dough. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto the surface, rubbing flour around the inside of the bowl until clean, incorporating flour and crumbs into the dough. Lightly knead it until it comes together. 

Roll the dough to a half-inch thickness. Fold in thirds. Roll, fold, and repeat several times. 

Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or drinking glass and position on a baking sheet. You don’t need more than half an inch in between. 

Brush tops with maple syrup.

Bake for about ten minutes or until risen and golden brown on top.


What’s your favorite kind of biscuit? Where do you incorporate curry powder in your own cuisine? 

Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day

Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the popular Country Store Mysteries and the new Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She is president of Sisters in Crime New England and lives north of Boston with her beau, two elderly cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary. She blogs at,, and Read about all her personalities and her work at 

Biscuits and Slashed Browns:
A Country Store Mystery

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration. Robbie drops her maple-curry biscuits to crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky and murderous trap.

Thanks to Edith (Maddie) for visiting the Kitchen today!

Leave a comment to be entered 
in her drawing for her delightful new Country Store Mystery: Biscuits and Slashed Browns.

Congrats the winner of 

Edith's new mystery: Sandy G.!


  1. Welcome, Edith! Great, delicious recipe and awesome-sounding book. Please don't hate me, but I don't have enough personal taste experience with biscuits or curry to properly form an opinion on them.

  2. I love the creative title. As for biscuits, they've always been my nemesis. They didn't turn out well for me when I made them in 4-H and similar results when I tried to make them in Home Ec. I usually make the canned variety. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  3. This looks like a lot of fun. Going directly on my TBR list!

  4. Nice post. Book on my list. But do hope this means I get to read it sooner. Will definitely be giving these a try. Read the recipe to my daughter-in-law she's excited about giving it a try. We use curry powder as an all purpose seasoning. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  5. I love biscuits - way too much. Don't eat many of them. However, what a unique combination of flavors - maple and curry. For me, biscuits are just great with any kind of breakfast or the dough cut up to make dumplings for 'chicken and dumplings'. I use curry powder now and then, especially in vegetable or chicken type recipes. It's an acquired taste and our son-in-law can't handle it, so I have to be careful and remember who will be eating it. LOL

    Good luck with the new book!

  6. One of my favorite covers and titles.
    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Gloria. Kensington does a great job with my covers.

  7. I don’t eat biscuits very often and I’ve only had plain ones with butter or jam. I like this series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Sandy - By now you know that you have won Edith's book giveaway. Congrats to you and thanks to Edith for being our guest this week at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!

  8. I love the 7-up biscuits, their taste is awesome. Their so simple to make and the whole family loves them..the book looks just like something I'd love to

    1. I've never heard of those, Terry. Off to look them up!

  9. This is on my TBR list and can't wait to read it! brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. This book looks great. Pretty cat. Although I love looking at recipes, I'm not a great cook, so my biscuits come from a tube and I've never tried curry.

  11. I am looking foreward to reading your book. I like the sound of the biscuits but no longer bake as I cant stand long. The mix of maple and curry sounds interesting. Hope to win and thanks for the chance.

  12. I am intrigued by your recipe. Have always had plain biscuits with sausage gravy or butter and jam/honey. We tend to use curry powder for chicken curry.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  13. My biscuits usually start frozen, maybe I'll give this recipe a try. I add curry powder to deviled eggs and chicken salad.

  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds intriguing and we'll need to try making them. This is a wonderful series.

  15. I have never tried using Curry in any recipes before. I have to admit I have never made biscuits from scratch before. Either tube or Bisquick mix. But these do sound like an interesting taste combination . Thanks for the chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I just use curry with chicken currently but I really like the flavor. I just make the easy Bisquik biscuits but maybe I can try the curry. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  17. I love biscuits of all kinds. Curry isn't a spice I enjoy for the most part. Love this series & can't wait to read this one. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. Buttermilk biscuits are my favorite. I guess that maple syrup makes yours extra special. Thanks for the recipe.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. I think you could adapt buttermilk biscuits to incorporate maple, Linda.

  19. Hi Edith/Maddie, I do enjoy your books and own a few of them. Sorry to say thou neither of the two different county systems I have access to have the new book in stock or one order. I own the previous one in the series and the only way I'm getting a copy is by being gifted with one, stealing one or winning one in a giveaway. Being on S.S. really sucks.

    1. I hope you can request your library to acquire a copy, Nora!

  20. Congratulations on this release, Edith. I'm totally looking forward to reading this book as soon as I can order it. Had to wait until Christmas invoices were paid to get myself more books!!! I love anything maple so this book is the perfect "flavor" for me
    Best of everything to a fellow MA resident!!!

    Cynthia B.

  21. Congratulations! This book sounds unique. The biscuits look so enticing and appetizing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Your biscuits look so delectable and the flavor tasty. Biscuits are always delightful especially during the winter. Thanks for your great book giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. These biscuits sound delicious! I must try that flavor combination.

  24. I would have never thought to put maple and curry together but since biscuits are one of my favorite food groups (yes, all on their own!), I will give them a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe and looking forward to reading the book!
    Heather Mack -

  25. My mother made Hungarian biscuits-pogacsa-quite good though no specific flavorings needed - may need to make some myself but usually do not have biscuits unless at Cracker Barrel - would be lovely to find a new mystery book to read in between my other mystery writers

  26. Maple syrup? Oh yes!
    Curry? Again, yes!
    Biscuits? Yes, indeed!
    A trifecta of goodness!

    A question--You say, "Stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour."
    What cheese are you talking about?

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Two biscuit tips
      1-Use frozen butter and grate it into the flour
      2-Use a sharp edged cutter. You get a better rise from the biscuits. A water glass (with its thicker edge) works, but they don't rise as well.

  27. Always love finding a new cozy author! Congratulations on your fourth book in the series!