Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cherry Chunk Amaretto Ice Cream from @AbbyVandiver plus #GIVEAWAY

MADDIE here, delighted to welcome guest Abby L. Vandiver today with a delicious ice cream recipe, a delicious-sounding mystery, and a giveaway!

Let it Snow!



No one waits for summer to enjoy ice cream. It’s good all year-round, at least that’s Win’s theory. In fact, Bronwyn “Win,” Crewse, the main character in my new cozy mystery series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, is banking on it being true seeing that the day of her grand re-opening is the same day as a snowstorm.

But the snow did deter the would-be customers and then she was drawn into a murder investigation. What else could go wrong?

As a millennial, Win believes her determination, her background working in an ad agency and her social media savvy will get the luscious, mouthwatering frozen concoctions she makes at ice cream parlor into the mitten and gloved-clad hands of her customers. And that that dead body that was found at the bottom of the waterfalls behind her shop is only a bump in the road. That is, until her father becomes the prime suspect in the murder.

But she’s always found comfort in making ice cream and so that’s what she does. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in every book, good yummy ice cream—oh yeah, and of course murder!

In the back of my books, you’ll find ice cream recipes to try at home. They’re the same recipes that Win serves in her family shop, Crewse Creamery. Below you’ll find a recipe from the book named after one of the characters. Try it out! Meanwhile, pick up your copy of A Deadly Inside Scoop, the first book in the series. But be forewarned, I’ve heard that reading it will make you crave ice cream.

Enjoy!

RIYA’S UPSCALE CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHUNK AMARETTO

(Food photos kindly taken by Daryl Wood Gerber)

INGREDIENTS
1¼ cups milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups fresh, ripe cherries, pitted and quartered
¼ cup Amaretto liqueur
1 cup dark chocolate chunks

DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, vanilla and sugar. Stir occasionally until the sugar completely dissolves. Take off heat and add salt. Allow to steep and cool.





Whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge about two hours, until completely chilled.




Using an ice cream maker, add the chilled ice cream base according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 



Once the mixture has thickened, add the cherries and the Amaretto. 



Continue churning until it is the consistency of soft serve, then mix in chocolate chunks.



Place in a freezer-­proof container in freezer for at least two hours. Note: Everyone's freezer and ice cream freezer are different, so check your instructions and the consistency.

Maddie: Doesn't this look yummy?



Readers: What's your favorite ice cream flavor? If you make ice cream, what kind of freezer do you use? I'll send one of you a copy of A Deadly Inside Scoop!




WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author, Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. A hybrid, she has written as an indie as well as a traditionally published author. Abby has penned more than twenty books and short stories. Her new cozy from  Penguin Berkley, A Deadly Inside Scoop, is the first in the new Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series.

Abby resides in South Euclid, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing craft classes at her local library.



90 comments:

  1. My favorite kinds of ice cream usually involve chocolate and nuts such as Swiss chocolate almond. I have never used a machine. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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    1. My favorite ice cream is chocolate and almonds! I know we're talking homemade here, but the best chocolate almond for me is at Baskin and Robbins. Unfortunately, you can't always find it.

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  2. First off, what an amazing idea for a series! Can't wait to get started on this series with the opportunity to read book one - "A Deadly Inside Scoop".

    As a child, I was the one nominated to sit on top of the quilt on the crank ice cream freezer. As a young adult, we converted to an electric freezer. Even later in life, I started using the ice cream freezer bowl to the KitchenAid mixer. Honestly they all work, but nothing freezes as solid or was so much fun due to family participation than the old fashion crank freezer.

    Some of my favorite homemade ice creams are those made with fresh picked fruits like strawberry and peach. Also loved the buttered pecan ice cream that we often had. Though technically not an "ice cream", we also made orange sherbet that is made using orange soda, cans of eagle brand milk and a can of crushed pineapple which was very delicious too. Now you're done flung a craving on me and I see homemade ice cream in our Sunday afternoon.

    Thank you for the wonderful sounding recipe for RIYA’S UPSCALE CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHUNK AMARETTO and for the chance to win a copy of " A Deadly Inside Scoop"! Shared every where and hoping to be the extremely fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. How fun. Good memories. And your ice cream flavors sound yummy! Actually in the series (the next book, A Game of Cones comes out in May), Win makes peach ice cream, butter pecan and orange sherbet (she calls it orange burst). Happy Reading!

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  3. My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. Cookie dough is a favorite with my grandkids, but I've never made it. I'll have to try it and maybe even let Win try it in her next whodunit!

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  4. I like vanilla by Blue Bell, but the best I ate was homemade vanilla my grandparents used to make. Thanks for the chance. jlb12563@sbcglobal.net

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  5. I've never made ice cream but I love chocolate brownie ice cream. No nuts for me though or I'll swell up like a balloon & have to go to the ER! Can I make your recipe without an ice cream machine?

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    1. Yes! You can make it without an ice cream maker, you just have to leave it in the freezer longer. And chocolate brownie sounds yummy. Too bad about the nuts, they are my favorite.

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    2. Yes, allergies to nuts is a curse! 😄

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  6. I haven't had a good peach ice cream in a very long time. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'll put a peach ice cream recipe in my next book, A Game of Cones. Nice summer treat!

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  7. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate ripple which is so yummy and hard to locate. What a treat for this hot summer. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love anything chocolate! Chocolate ripple sounds so good!

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  8. I haven't made ice cream in years, but my current favorite is salted caramel - and it's my local store brand and is organic - that recipe makes me drool though - thanks for the contest - trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. Chocolate almond is my favorite! I love it, but it's so hard to find. And my second choice is strawberry shortcake from a local ice cream shop.

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  9. My favorite ice cream is Chocolate Almond but I also love a good strawberry with chunks of strawberry in it. Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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    1. Hi Taylor! Salted caramel is so good. I think that flavor may be in the book. All Win's ice cream (in the book) is organic. She's all about it.

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  10. A good peach ice cream in summer . thanks for the chance jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. There's peach in the second book, A Game of Cones (coming March 2, 2021)! Good luck!

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  11. Really anything chocolate. The more chocolate-y the better. Like the Brownie Extreme Blizzard. Yum. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com Now I want one!

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    1. Me too! I go to Dairy Queen all the time for Blizzards. I'm going to try the Brownie Extreme next time!

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  12. I like chocolate ice cream and also butterbrickle. I've never used an ice cream machine. My favorite Dairy Queen treat is simply a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. I have never heard of butterbrickle. I'm going to Google it because it sounds good. And I haven't had a dipped ice cream cone since they started making Klondike bars, but I might just get me one!

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  13. Mmm, ice cream!
    Favorite flavor? Jamoca almond fudge from Baskin Robbins. Well, it used to be, but there's no store anywhere near me.
    Saved from temptation.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Hi Libby. I love Baskin and Robbins chocolate almond the the ones with Dunkin Donuts nevere have it, so sometimes I take a "road" trip to get my favorite flavor. It's worth it!

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    2. A woman after my own heart!

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    3. my neighborhood safeway store in CA carries pints of jamocha almond fudge now.

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  14. My favorite flavor ice cream is Moose Tracks. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for the chance to win! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Robyn! I've never tried Moose Tracks, but now that I have to come up with ice cream flavors for my books, I am going to give it a try.

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  15. My favorite flavor is sea salt caramel. This summer is perfect for indulging in ice cream daily. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. How can I pick just one! I love pralines and cream, coconut almond with chocolate chunks but since I have to choose, Cherry Cordial. It got me through some rough times. I also used to go to Columbus, Ohio to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and try all the unique flavors. I remember one had corn in it! They were all good. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!
    marshamysteryreader(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Marsha, in real life there is a Jeni's a couple door down from Win's fictional ice cream parlor in Chagrin Falls. The first place outside of Columbus, Ohio where Jeni's put a store. Great ice cream.

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  17. Oh this ice cream looks so good. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jana. I've put mint coffee flavored ice cream in the book. I think I'll have to include mint chocolate chip, it's a favorite of a lot of people.

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  18. My favorite ice cream flavor is Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Lynn in Texas