Sunday, February 18, 2018

Welcome to guest Libby Klein

Join us in welcoming author Libby Klein, who's introducing a new series--with beaches and recipes! Perfect for a dreary February. (Plus this lovely recipe isn't even in the book!) And a giveaway!


Aunt Ginny’s Lavender Madeleines


A few years ago, I travelled to Paris on vacation. Attending several days of cooking school in Montmartre was the highlight of my trip, and maybe my life.  One of my classes was themed Traditional French Desserts, and one of those desserts was madeleines. 

The French Chef who was my teacher that day would broker no nonsense. This was not a tourist class. This was college, and we were being graded. If there was any jocularity, she strongly disapproved with a string of expletives in French. 


There were a few students in the class who were neither Americans nor French, who were expecting a lighthearted activity to scrapbook about when they returned home. It did not go well for them. 


They were enjoying themselves thoroughly, tasting everything and giggling amongst themselves, when at one point, the chef had a total meltdown and started screaming up to the sky. “Oh, mon dieu! Ce qu se passe?! - Oh, my God! What is happening?!” Other chefs from different kitchens had to come in to calm her down. 


So, later, when she was already teetering over the edge, we made the madeleine batter. In a moment of temporary insanity brought on by a lack of judgement and not realizing how revered madeleines are in France, I asked, “So, madeleines are just muffins baked in a shell pan?”


“Ce qu se passe?!”


I barely made it out alive. 


This is a bonus recipe for Mystery Lover’s Kitchen readers as it does not appear in Class Reunions Are Murder. Aunt Ginny served Poppy these madeleines when she first arrived in Cape May. Of course, Poppy wasn’t gluten free yet, so Aunt Ginny’s madeleines would have been made the traditional way with wheat flour. Poppy has tweaked the recipe into a Paleo version, so she can eat them too. Aunt Ginny can’t even tell the difference. 


Aunt Ginny’s Lemon Lavender Madeleines–Paleo Version

(Small French cakes in the traditional shell shape)

Ingredients


1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. coconut flour 


1/2 cup arrowroot starch 
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp xanthan gum
3 eggs 
1/3 cup raw honey 
1/4 cup pasture raised butter melted (or refined coconut oil)
1/4 cup coconut milk 
Zest of 1 lemon 
1/4 cup water 

2 Tablespoons dried lavender tea 
1/4 tsp lavender extract – optional









Directions


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two madeleine pans well.


Pour hot water over the tea and steep for 10 minutes.





In a small bowl whisk together the coconut flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.





Whip the eggs until thick and lemon colored.


Strain tea.





Pour the honey, melted butter, coconut milk, lemon zest, strained tea, and lavender extract over the eggs, while mixing on low.





Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until incorporated, and scrape down the sides of the bowl.





Use a cookie scoop to evenly divide the batter among the greased madeleine molds in the pans. You should fill the madeleine molds just about entirely. Do not bang the pan or pat down.





Place the madeleine pans in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until baked all the way through and a toothpick comes out clean.





Let cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning over on a wire rack to cool.





Optional – sprinkle with powdered sugar or make a glaze with 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tblsp lemon juice. Neither option is paleo compliant because of the powdered sugar, but I won’t tell anyone if you won’t.


These are lovely with a cup of tea, or a glass of lemonade.




To celebrate the launch of her new book, Libby is giving away a copy of the book and a package of coffee to one lucky winner who leaves a comment below!





About Libby



Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School sometime in the ’80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She has worked as a stay at home mom, climbing the ladder up the ranks to the coveted position of Grandma. She also dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets and taking out the trash. She writes from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling.


About Class Reunions Are Murder



Poppy McAllister is having a 40 year old funk.  Her life has not turned out quite the way she’d imagined. She’s recently widowed, with no marketable skills and an extra sixty pounds has crept up out of nowhere while she was living on cookies and frozen burritos. She’s been spending her nights on the couch with her black smoke Persian, Figaro, watching the Food Network and shopping the infomercials.

She’s coerced into visiting her Great Aunt Ginny’s in Cape May, NJ to attend her twentieth reunion, and help her best friend face off against two cheerleaders who bullied them throughout high school.


Her plans to get in, get out, and go home before being seen by the one who got away are interrupted when she stumbles upon the dead body of her greatest nemesis, and becomes the prime suspect in the murder.


Aunt Ginny proves to be a questionable sidekick when it comes to investigating, and to make matters worse, steamrolls Poppy into an appointment with a holistic doctor who prescribes the Paleo Diet to address Poppy’s health concerns.



Now Poppy’s stuck in Cape May while she tries to prove her innocence, get her life back on track, and stay one step ahead of a killer who’s determined to stop her from meddling.

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