Friday, November 13, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 3 in Biscuit Bowl Food Truck
 Mystery series
J.J. Cook!

The national bestselling author of Fry Another Day serves up a third helping in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series…
It’s Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, and food truck chef Zoe Chase is driven to distraction attending high-society soirees, feeding the partying masses, and getting the skinny on a Fat Tuesday murder…
Two weeks of carnival celebrations has got Zoe running ragged. By day, she charms hungry tourists with authentic Southern cuisine. At night, she accompanies her father to one masquerade ball after another, hobnobbing with the high rollers of the secret cabal known as the Mistics of Time.
But the fun turns frightening when Zoe stumbles across “Death’s” dead body. Journalist Jordan Phillips attended the Mistics’ latest bash in a traditional Death costume, and received a fatal bullet wound for the privilege. With more than three hundred masked suspects determined to remain anonymous, and the police covering up the facts behind the murder of the investigative reporter, Zoe realizes the Mistics have some serious secrets to hide…

I'm crazy about this series! 
If you haven't tried it yet, pick up the first two now and pre-order FAT TUESDAY FRICASSEE to get it on it's December 1, 2015 release date!

Book One                                  Book Two  

On to today's amazing recipe! 


Clafouti is a traditional French dessert made by pouring custard over fruit and baking. The fruit is quickly sautéed to create a flavorful syrup that sticks with the custard. You can make this dessert with any ripe fruit suck as cherries. apricots, or plums. 


1 tbsp. sliced almonds 
7 tbsp. granulated sugar 
2 tbsp. unsalted butter 
3 to 5 medium red or black plums, pitted and quartered 
1 tbsp. brandy 
1 tbsp. amaretto 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
1/3 tsp. salt 
3 large eggs 
1/3 cup whole milk 
1/4 cup heavy cream 
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
Confectioners' sugar for dusting 

9-inch pie pan 


Preheat over to 350° F.

Toast almonds in oven until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer them to a small bowl to cool. Stir in 1 tbsp. of granulated sugar and set aside. 

Melt butter in a pan until bubbling and then add plums. 
Cook until they are soft on low heat, turning frequently. 
Reduce heat and sprinkle 3 tbsp. of granulated sugar over the fruit. 
Cook until the sugar melts into the fruit juices and becomes a syrup, about 1 to 2 minutes. 
Turn off the heat and stir in brandy and amaretto. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and the remaining 3 tbsp. of sugar. 
Whisk in the eggs until the mixture is smooth. Mix in milk, cream, and vanilla. 

Pour the fruit and syrup into a 9-inch pie pan, spreading the fruit evenly. 
Pour custard over the fruit. 
Bake until puffy with a set center, about 15 minutes. 
Sprinkle toasted almonds over the top halfway through baking. 

Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes. 
The center will fall. 
Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve. 

All food photos are from Google Images. 
Your finished dish may differ in appearance. 

Doesn't this sound wonderful? It's so simple to make for something that looks so impressive. 
You could really wow your family and friends over the holidays by serving them this dessert!

Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are also from

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings...

"There you are, Zoe!" My father opened the door to his apartment. "I was beginning to worry." 

"Sorry. I put down my cat, Crème Brûlée. He immediately ran to his food bowl. He tends to eat when he's stressed. "It's been a rough day. I was out at six A. M. with the Biscuit Bowl after being up at the other masquerade ball last night until after midnight."

Daddy's critical eyes went over me. "Is there still time to get your hair and nails done? I know you want to look your best tonight." 

I slumped into one of his elegant but uncomfortable chairs. "I hope there's time for a nap. I'm so glad this is the last ball. Aren't you exhausted?"

"A nap? Will all this excitement?" He dragged me to my feet and danced me around the room. 

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...

There was no chalk outline where the body had been a short while before, but I could trace it with my gaze.

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  1. Nice little snippet you grabbed for the 56 there.

  2. I have never tried this dessert but it looks good! I will be adding Fat Tuesday Fricassee to my TBR list. :-)

  3. Thanks, Lisa! This recipe sounds awesome and I can hardly wait for Fat Tuesday Fricassee.

  4. Love reading these posts. This is such a great blog.

  5. Delicious food, as usual, and I'm intrigued by the mysteries. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  6. That recipe looks absolutely delicious!

  7. Lisa, the recipe for plum clafouti is great! The photo is awesome. Kay orders cherry clafouti at Sweet Marissa's in Murder by

  8. I've never had a Clafouti but I've heard of them and the recipe looks tasty! This is a series I'm really looking forward to reading!

  9. Looks like a great series! :) I love cozies!

  10. Ooh, I like that little excerpt. Sounds like quite the mystery! Happy weekend.

  11. That clafouti looks delicious. I like the sounds of the cozy too!
    Happy weekend!

  12. I'm looking forward to what you think of Fat Tuedsay Fricassee.

  13. The recipe looks delicious! I really like JJ Cook's Sweet Pepper series. Haven't read this series yet.

  14. Lisa, I just sent the PLUM CLAFOUTI recipe to my husband. We may make this. It looks scrumptious.

  15. I feel like I am gaining weight just seeing that yummy looking desert. The book sounds fun as well. Happy Weekend!