Monday, February 26, 2018

Color Me Murder

In case you haven't heard, I have a new book coming out tomorrow! In COLOR ME MURDER the protagonist, Florrie Fox, manages a bookstore by day and draws adult coloring books by night. So, the front and back covers of the book can be colored! In fact, I'm having a contest in about one month so everyone can show off their wonderful renditions of the cover in color. I can't wait to see them!

Florrie's hobby is baking. She's okay with cooking, but she loves to bake. This Raspberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Glaze is one of the treats she bakes in COLOR ME MURDER. Don't have raspberries? Use blueberries or strawberries or a combination like I did in these photos.

Raspberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Glaze

1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup milk
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter (8 tablespoons at room temperature)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 pints fresh raspberries (may use blueberries or halved small strawberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a bread baking pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over the long sides. Butter the interior ends of the pan.

Pour the vinegar into the 1 cup of milk and set aside. Place the flour, baking powder. salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Set aside. Cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the eggs. On a slow speed, add the flour in batches, alternating with the vinegar-milk and berries. Add the vanilla and beat.

Bake around 60 to 70 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Lift out of pan with the parchment "wings." If using a small loaf pan, bake the remainder of the batter as small cupcakes for 16 minutes or giant cupcakes for 20 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze

3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Krista's tip: For easy cleanup and application, make this in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup.

Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds. Add the powdered sugar, the cream, and vanilla. Stir or whisk until thick and smooth. Pour over cooled bread.

In honor of the release of COLOR ME MURDER, I'm giving away a copy. Leave a comment with your email address to enter!

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  1. Oh I would so LOVE to win this, I color to relax after work and love a good mystery!! Currently reading Etched in Tears by Cheryl Hollon-a cozy mystery. Thank you for the giveaway!


  3. Delicious Quick Bread recipe and I would definitely love the book!

  4. Love the quick bread recipe! Looking forward to the book! Dspinlexo at Aol dot com

  5. Love this bread recipe! moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. I've never tried raspberries in quick breads. Huh. It feels refreshing. I'm going to have to give it a try. Best of luck with your release.

  7. Both the book and the bread look great! ckmbeg(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Thank you for the chance to win. I love it when my hobbies come together. Dmskrug3 at hotmail(.)com

  9. A delectable recipe and a captivating and unique cozy. Thanks.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. A great combination, a new mystery plus adult coloring! Who can resist? dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  11. I like that you can use different types of berries because raspberries are usually expensive.
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  12. An enticing treat and a very special mystery. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. This quick bread looks yummy!!!! brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. The book looks and sounds great and I can almost smell the bread!
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  15. I like the idea that you can color the cover of the book. I'm saving the recipe for the quick bread for when my raspberries are in season. Can't wait to read the new series.

  16. The quick bread looks yummy and the book sounds great! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  17. Congrats on the new release! I love that you can color the covers!

  18. Book looks really good! Would love to read it. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  19. Looking forward to your new series! The professor sounds interesting.

  20. That bread looks amazing! And I'd love to win this, I love to color! :-)

  21. Recipe looks easy & sounds delicious. Thanks for the giveaway! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. What an incredibly fun cover! Thanks for the chance.

  23. Oh my! A new series! And I am just reading and enjoying the first book in the Paws and Claws series. Your bread looks yummy...with coffee...and reading? Yes! Good combination! On the porch of The Sugar Maple Inn...with one or more of my dog companions. Contentment! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com.