Dark Chocolate Pots Creme #Recipe & #CoverReveal By @LibbyKlein for #Valentine’s Day

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 Libby Klein  Valentine’s Day means Chocolate! Chocolate has long been considered to be the language of love. Many believe it is an aphrodisiac. Miniatures are always more appealing. These pots are filled with cranberries.ème are the perfect dessert to end a romantic Valentine’s meal. Individual servings (or six) for two make the affair feel even more intimate. Pots of Crème are a cross between a baked pudding and a Crème Brûlée. You could probably carmelize some sugar on top of these and convince your guests they are chocolate Crème Brûlée if you really wanted to. If you don’t want to use the Earl Grey Madeleines shown here, you can sprinkle some powdered or fresh whipped sugar on top and add a raspberry right before serving.

And also… Silent Nights Are Murder will be published on my blog in September 2024. Below is a picture of the first appearance! It’s my favorite cover – look at Figaro with the red bird Christmas ornament in its mouth. He is so naughty.

Earl Grey Madeleine Optional

Yield 6

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
4 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
 teaspoon sea salt

 

1.     Pre-heat oven to 300
degrees. Bring cream and milk to the boil in a heavy saucepan. Remove from heat.
Add the chocolate pieces and whisk until smooth.

2.    In a large bowl,
Whisk together the yolks with sugar and salt. Temper the yolks by adding a little of
Hot chocolate. Then, while whisking continuously, slowly pour in the remainder of the hot chocolate.
chocolate into yolks. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and into a large sized jar.
You can use a measuring cup or pitcher or even your blender to make it easier to pour.

3.    Divide mixture
You can use small espresso cups or ramekins. I used ramekins.
Make 6.

4.    Put a large
Set the roasting pan in the middle of the preheated, heated oven on the rack that can be pulled out. Set
filled cups in the roasting pan while It’s in the oven. Add very hot tapwater
Halfway up the sides of the cups, add to pan. Cover pan with foil and prick it with a fork.
holes in foil. Very gently put the rack into the oven so you don’t splash water
Your chocolate pots.

5.    Bake until edges
are lightly set (lifting foil to check) but center – about the size of a
Quarter or less is still jiggly. It will set as it cools — 30 to 35 minutes. If
If you can spread the chocolate over an area larger than a quarter and it is still very runny, then you are good to go.
It will need to be baked longer. 
Transfer cups to a
Wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours prior to serving whipped cream.
Cream or a sprinkle powdered sugar.

 


Silent Nights Are Murder

Gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister and her aunt Ginny are looking forward to a quiet, homey Christmas at their B&B in Cape May, but unfortunately, death isn’t taking a holiday this year . . .

Poppy and her friends have been left with an unsolved romantic mystery since Thanksgiving. But at least this mystery isn’t the kind that involves murder. That all changes when the body of a fish supplier is discovered in the kitchen of her ex’s restaurant—and he’s frozen, not fresh.

For once, it’s not Poppy who tripped over the corpse, yet she can’t escape being drawn in since the victim has a note taped to him reading Get Poppy. Figures—an engagement ring isn’t labeled, but the dead guy is addressed to her. Now, while Aunt Ginny plans a tree-trimming party and pressures Poppy to decode a mysterious old diary, the amateur sleuth is asked to “unofficially” go undercover at the restaurant to help the police. Until then, the only crime Poppy had been dealing with was Figaro’s repeated thefts of bird ornaments from the tree; now it looks like it’s going to be a murder-y Christmas after all . . .

 

Silly Libby

Libby Klein grew up in Cape May, NJ where she attended high school in the ’80s. Her

Classes were mainly centered around Drama and Culinary Sciences, with a brilliant semester in Poly-Sci which may have been an accidental discovery. She loves to bake gluten-free treats, collect fluffy kittens, and translate sarcasm. She writes in her Northern Virginia office, where she has a very naughty Black Smoke Persian named Sir Figaro. You can stay up to date with her shenanigans if you sign up for her Mischief and Mayhem Newsletter. 

www.LibbyKleinBooks.com/Newsletter/



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