Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! from @DarylWoodGerber + book #giveaway

From Daryl:


Are you dressing up? Are you handing out candy? Are you one of those who hands out pennies or pencils?

I live on a hill so I don't get to see the kiddies out and about, but I do pay attention throughout the month because it seems people are dressing up in costumes during October. Or have styles changed that much? I mean, masks. I see lots of masks. And ghoulish clothes. And T-shirts with ghoulish logos. On the bright side, yesterday, I saw a little girl in a Minnie Mouse tee shirt and a red tutu. Adorable!

Just for fun, as I'm gearing up for the release of the 7th Cookbook Nook Mystery, WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES, I'm offering a giveaway today of a copy of the 3rd in the series -- Halloween themed with NO scary ghouls -- STIRRING THE PLOT. See below for more...

In a few secs, I'll share links to some of my previous Halloween recipes, but as we're on the cusp of November, I thought I'd share a bit of autumn deliciousness that you can enjoy for the next month or two. It's pear season.

Gluten-free German Pear Pancake
(serves 2)

2 eggs
1/4 cup GF flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten-free)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup white sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 large pear, peeled, cored and sliced

* This will NOT puff up like a regular German Pancake. Sigh! If you use regular flour, it will. Your choice. It’s a simple flour swap one-for-one. Also, you won’t need to make sure the vanilla extract is gluten-free.

In a large bowl, blend eggs, gluten-free flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in an 8-inch oven-proof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle half of the mixture over the butter. Line the pan with pear slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over apples. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles, then gently pour the batter mixture over the pears. (Just between you and me, if you stopped short of pouring in the batter, you could use those pears over ice cream as a dessert!)

Bake pancake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 5-10 minutes. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges.

If you have any leftovers, you can serve slices of this pancake at room temperature as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

**If you double the recipe, then make this in a 10-inch skillet, and bake for 12-15 minutes and after reducing heat, bake for 8-12 minutes more.

Serve with syrup if desired.

As promised, here are a few of my previous Halloween posts for goodies, if you're interested in a last minute surprise for your family or friends.

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

Halloween Caramel Apple Slices

Wickedly Decadent Chocolate Dump Cake


One commenter will win a copy of STIRRING THE PLOT. 
Tell me what is your all-time favorite costume? 
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*E-book available for preorder.
* Paperback isn't available until the day of release, November 8th. You will not SEE it online until that date, but it WILL BE AVAILABLE! PROMISE.

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