Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Crème Anglaise #recipe + #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

I'm very excited. A DEADLY ÉCLAIR is out in trade paperback, and the e-book is still going for less than $1.99. Can you believe it?  Plus, I just learned that the e-book for A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, which comes out in July, is less than $10.  Do you have your copies?


I love to cook and I love to bake, but I have to admit writing the French Bistro Mysteries has really upped my game when it comes to desserts. I've tried my hand at a number of soufflés, madeleines (a delicious cookie), and tarts. 

In A Souffle of Suspicion, I set the story around a Sweet Treats Festival. (Smart I could bake.)  There's a bake-off contest. There are lots of cookies and sweet drinks.  There's even icing on a spoon!  (No, I didn't put that recipe in the book. It's icing...on a spoon.  You can do it!)

One of Mimi's favorite desserts is an easy, delicious, and decadent sauce that enhances so many desserts. Thanks to Mimi, I'm going to share it with you. Crème Anglaise is luscious and creamy (as the name states). Think “warm ice cream.” Yum. Serve over fresh fruit, pound cake, or other desserts, including soufflé.

(Makes 1 ½ cups)

2 large egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon brandy-based orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk egg yolks, cream, sugar, orange liqueur, and vanilla in a small saucepan until smooth.

Set saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a spatula or whisk to scrape the bottom, until the mixture is hot and thickens. A candy thermometer should reach about 180 degrees F. This takes 8-10 minutes. Be patient.

Allow sauce to cool. 

So I can get a little word of mouth publicity, I'm offering a copy of A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION to one commenter. But in order to enter, you have to tell someone about the book. Who did you tell?  Leave a comment and include your email so I can contact you if you win.

What's A Soufflé of Suspicion about?

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister, which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.


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A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, the 2nd French Bistro Mystery, coming July 10
Can Mimi prove her chef innocent before the chef gets dusted?
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PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery.

The annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, 
damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .
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Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat?
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FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
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GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense.
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free?
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DAY OF SECRETS, a stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew.
An enemy that wants them dead.
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  1. I told our book club about this book and they are interested in getting it.

    1. TEMPLAR, that's so cool! Thanks for sharing. ~ Daryl

  2. I told my sister. Love the cover.

    1. Thanks, Leslie, I do, too. My artist is so talented! :) ~ Daryl

  3. I have told my dear friend who read as much as I do and loves my choice of books. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I told one of the librarians who likes mysteries
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Bless you, Sandy. I need librarians to buy this series. ~ Daryl

  5. I told my close cousin who knows about my reading habits. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. Thank you for the recipe. I shared this on my Facebook. I only have my dogs and cats to talk to, so decided that would not have been too much help!

    1. Deb, sharing on Facebook is great. You've got lots of extended friends there. :) ~ Daryl

  7. I shared on FB and told a couple of reader friends. Dmskrug3 ay hotmail dot com

  8. I am telling my book club members and friend Cathy, also an avid mystery reader.

    1. Dianne, that's nice. Thanks so much. ~ Daryl (Love book club readers!)

  9. I love crème Anglaise, and can't wait to make this recipe!

  10. II told my golf foursome about this book this morning---we all like to read in the winter and play golf in the summer.

    1. Sue, I play golf! Good for you. I hope they are readers. Many of my golfing buddies are not. Or only "literary" books. ~ Daryl

    2. Sorry, missed that bit about reading in the winter. LOL

  11. Creme Anglaise is the ultimate dressing for desserts.
    I've told all my FB friends.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  12. I told my sister about your new book. We like share our books, so we talk books all the time. Can't wait to see what new recipes are in the book.