Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Salted Caramel Souffle + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

A Deadly Éclair, the first French Bistro Mystery, is out in trade paperback. Whee!
Giveaway of the second French Bistro Mystery below!

For all of you who didn't win a book in the Countdown to Release Day Giveaway for A Deadly Éclair, and all of you who couldn't afford the hardcover copy, and all of you who didn't get in on the $1.99 deal for the e-book copy, I hope you'll order it now. Here's a link to my website page that has links to lots of physical bookstores and online bookstores. WEBSITE

I had the best time doing research for this book, both touring the wine country and taste testing new recipes in my kitchen. Yum!!

What's the book about?

Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro has seemed beyond her grasp ever since she was chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Fortunately, her best friend Jorianne introduced her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker, who invested in the promising restaurateur’s project. So Mimi works the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own. Now, Mimi is throwing the inn’s very first wedding—the nuptials of famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison.

This wedding will be the talk of the town, but anxious Mimi is sure the bride’s puffed-up expectations will collapse, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner. By the evening, things are looking sweet again…until the next morning, when Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. All the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven if Bryan dies. So it’s up to her to éclair—er, clear—her name before the killer turns up the heat again.


The next in the series is A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION and it comes out in one month! Yes, you read that right. One month.  Am I busy? You bet I am. Celebrating and sharing.  Today, I'm giving away a copy of A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION.  See below.

But before I give those details, I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes from the book.

I have to tell you that I am a huge fan of caramel. I like it as a candy. I love it on ice cream. And now, this soufflé might be my favorite dessert. It’s decadent. It’s creamy. It’s packed with caramel flavor. And the pinch of sea salt gives it a delicious kick. Soufflé is easy to make, but it does sink quickly. Do not despair. Simply enjoy the flavor of whatever result turns out for you.

Salted Caramel Soufflé

(Makes 2)

Ingredients for caramel:
6 tablespoons water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon crème fraiche

Ingredients for soufflé:
1/2 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup warm milk
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Ingredients for salted caramel sauce:
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt

First, make the caramel. In a sauté pan, over medium heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir until it is a dark golden color, about 5-7 minutes, then add the crème fraiche and stir on low heat until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush two 3-inch ceramic dishes with 1/2 tablespoon melted butter. Dust each with 1 teaspoon sugar. Shake off the excess.

In a medium saucepan (off the heat), whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch, then slowly add the warm milk. * I heated the milk in a microwave for 1 minute on high. Whisk to incorporate. Cook the mixture on medium, whisking constantly, until thick. Then stir in the caramel, which will be sticky. Set the mixture aside and allow to cool slightly, whisking occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg white with the vinegar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg white into the caramel-egg mixture. Pour mixture into the two prepared baking dishes and tap each on a level surface to remove air bubbles.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden. There will be a slight wobble in the center. Remove from the oven. Let cool 15 minutes. They might sink a bit.

Meanwhile, make the salted caramel sauce. Put the brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, vanilla, and sea salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Let bubble for 1-2 minutes until glossy, stirring constantly.

Serve the soufflé with a side of the salted caramel sauce.

PS The salted caramel sauce is terrific over vanilla ice cream.


Yes, I'm giving away a hardcover copy of A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION to one commenter. Tell me if you've ever had soufflé or tell me if you've ever read one of my books. Leave your email (cryptic if necessary) so I can contact you if you win.

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A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, the 2nd French Bistro Mystery
Can Mimi prove her chef innocent before the chef gets dusted?
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PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery
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Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat?
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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
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  1. Oh my goodness does that look good. I put it on my TBM list. (to be made). The last book of your
    I read was Inherit the Word. I have always been afraid to make a souffle. It is the fear of failure thing.

    1. Hi, Sue, I hope you'll read more in the Cookbook Nook series. I'm just turning in book 7, Wreath between the Lines (Xmas theme). :) ~ Daryl

  2. I have made a savory souffle. but it's been awhile. This salted caramel one does look good. It would be a special treat.
    bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

    1. I love salted caramel, Bonnie. That's what inspired me. :) ~ Daryl

    2. Bonnie, you won this giveaway by random selection. Congrats! I'll contact you via email. ~ Daryl

  3. I've never read one of your books or eaten souffle but they are both on my list of things to do. ckmbeg(at)gmail (dot) com

    1. Riley, I hope you'll read one soon. Ask your librarian for one. ~ Daryl

  4. The salted caramel souffle is enticing. I would love to make it this summer for lunch for visitors. Perfect. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. The Perfect Sentence was wonderful. This souffle is a real treat. Wish I could create such a delight. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Do you mean Final Sentence? (The first Cookbook Nook mystery??) ~ Daryl

  6. I have not had soufflé, but it sure looks yummy.
    Wendy Clark
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  7. Yum! I'm in love! Thanks so much for the recipe ~

  8. Not sure about souffles,but yes to your books. I also own quite a few of them which I share with my grown kids when they stay over.

  9. Oh yes, I have had some devine souffles over the years, and this salted caramel looks delicious. I have read all of your books and look forward to this new release. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

    1. Daniele, how lovely to meet a fan. All of them? Thanks! ~ Daryl

  10. Oh yes, I have eaten some divine souffles over the years, and this salted caramel looks delicious. I have read all of your books and look forward to this new release. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  12. I've had a cheese souffle and a chocolate souffle, but the only souffle I've actually cooked is a cheater cheese souffle (which isn't actually a souffle at all). This recipe looks tasty enough to tempt me into overcoming my fears and trying it!

    1. Robin, truly, the fear should fly the coop. These are not too hard and no matter what, the flavor is there! Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  13. I've had a chocolate souffle and have enjoyed reading the Cheese Shop and Cookbook mysteries.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks, Taurus. I do hope you'll take a chance on the French Bistro Mysteries. If you're an e-reader, the first in the series is up for $1.20 on Amazon! ~ Daryl

  14. Yes, I’ve read several of your books and I love them. You are one of my favorite cozy mystery authors! Thanks for the chance at winning!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  15. The last book I read was Inherit the Word but I’m currently reading A Deadly Eclair. I’ve never had soufflé nor made one. To scared to try.

    1. Abby, I hope you enjoy the book (and the series). I've had such fun writing them. I'm currently writing book 7 for the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. It has a Christmas theme. ~ Daryl

  16. I have read/listened to a Deadly Eclair. I haven't had a souffle, but would like to try one centraleast2 at gmail dot com

    1. You did the audio? I hope you enjoyed it. I thought the narrator did a lovely job. ~ Daryl

  17. Marlene Ezell here. I have had both cheese soufflé and chocolate soufflé. I love caramel also so I will have to try this recipe.

    1. Hi, Marlene. Nice to see you on MLK. Enjoy the recipe. It's so tasty. ~ Daryl

  18. pretty please. I so enjoy your other series and now that book 1 is out in trade, looking forward to this one.

  19. I have read some of your earlier books and love them. Since I'm retired my book budget is greatly decreased and for some reason our library doesn't carry your books. I'm working on remedying that. Would love a copy of this one.