Friday, April 22, 2016

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction
Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 3 in the Goosepimple Junction Mysteries
Amy Metz

This is not your average Southern town. With a hint of mystery and a lot of laughs, you'll catch a glimpse of everyday life in Goose Pimple Junction in this short story compilation. Short & Tall Tales occurs chronologically between Murder & Mayhem, book 1, and Heroes & Hooligans, book 2, in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. Tales is a fun escape that will answer readers' burning questions about the residents of this quirky, small town. 

How did Johnny Butterfield become police chief? 
How did Tess and Jack get engaged? 
How did Ima Jean come to live with Louetta? 
How do you celebrate an Apple Day? 

These questions and more are answered in Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction. Five short stories, one novella, and three recipes will give you more of the unique charm of Goose Pimple Junction, make you laugh, and have your mouth watering. If you want a feel-good read, you've come to the right place. Grab some sweet tea and escape to Goose Pimple Junction.

About the author

Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky and loves a good Southern phrase. She can be reached at her website or her blog

On to the recipe!


You will need:
apple pie filling
pie topping
salted caramel sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce:
2 cups granulated sugar                     
1½ sticks unsalted butter (¾ cup)
1 cup heavy whipping cream              
1 tablespoon (or more or less) sea salt

In a thick-bottomed, heavy saucepan, cook the sugar on low-medium heat. Do not stir the sugar, but you can swirl the pan around to mix it. The sugar will begin to turn an amber color.
Watch the sugar carefully as it can burn easily. Once it reaches 350°, add all of the butter, whisking quickly to combine.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in heavy cream.
Mix in salt and let cool.
Once cool, pour into an airtight container.

Prepare the crust:
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt                                    
6 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons cold butter
7 tablespoons orange juice
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt and then cut in the shortening and butter. Once the mixture resembles crumbs, slowly add the orange juice. With a fork, mix until it begins to form a ball. Divide the ball into two pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Apple filling:
6 to 8 tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
¾ to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Pie Topping:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 375° and line a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with foil and HEAVILY grease with cooking spray.
Combine butter, brown sugar, and pecans.
Place mixture evenly on bottom of pie plate with foil.

Assemble the pie:
Roll one ball of pastry out to fit the pie plate. Place on top of topping mixture.
Place half of apple filling evenly on bottom of pastry; drizzle ¼ cup salted caramel on top, place remaining apples, then another ¼ cup salted caramel.
Roll out second ball of pastry to fit the pie.
Place on top and seal both pastry pieces together. (You can crimp the edges if you want, but remember the pie will be turned upside down.) Cut four 1-inch slits in the piecrust before baking.

Bake for 50-55 minutes. Check the pie after 35 minutes. If crust is becoming too brown, cover with foil for the remaining baking time.
Let the pie cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.
Place a serving dish on top of the pie and flip over. Remove foil.
Drizzle pie with remaining salted caramel.
Can serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

This recipe is from Short & Tall Tales in 
Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz.

Upside down, right side up. No matter how you cut it, this looks like a delicious pie, 
and a delectable mystery!

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 from 
Book 1 in the Goose Pimple Junction

When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle. 

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

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

Exhaust billowed into the air as the black 1934 Ford Tudor idled by the side of the road on a bitterly cold December evening.

Jumping a head 
to end of Prologue

.....but none noticed the three bullet holes in the windows or the dead man slumped over the steering wheel, a bullet through his head, and a pistol in his hand.
BB Chapter One

Present day
"You are dumber 'n a soup sandwich, Earl."
"Oh yeah? Well, you're a hole in search of a doughnut, Clive."

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

"Tess," Jack said without lifting his head. "You're killing me."

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  1. The Apple Upside-Down Pie recipe looks so yummy! Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction sounds like a must read cozy! I will have to check it out.

  2. Yum! Thanks, Lisa. Hope your Friday "sparkles", too.

  3. The Apple Upside-Down Pie looks scrumptious! Thank you, Amy.

  4. The Book and the recipe both look worth trying. Enjoy!

  5. This was such a fun book and I just noticed a new one in the series yesterday!

    My Friday 56 from West Of Dead

    1. Yay! And the first three books are priced at 99 cents right now!

  6. i will definitely have to try both the dessert and the book. Thanks Amy and Lisa.

  7. 1930s Texas - I'm hooked! Sounds like a series I'd love.
    My Friday post features A NEW DAWN IN DEER ISLE.

  8. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe. That upside-down pie looks delicious.

  9. That pie! It looks absolutely amazing. The Goose Pimple Junction books have been on my TBR for awhile. I love the idea of the 1930s family secrets.

  10. The book and the apple upside down cake grabbed me...I'll take a piece of that cake! LOL.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  11. Thank you so much for featuring my books and recipe today, Lisa! Your blog is awesome!

  12. I will have to make that pie sometime! Oh, that looks good! So do the books.

  13. That recipe looks delish! I forgot it was in the read and enjoyed this book and look forward to more stories set in Goose Pimple Junction. Here's my Friday meme

  14. That pie looks divine! I'm wondering if in that 56, the man is being sarcastic. Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. I like the cover with the Basset Hound. :-) So cute, and the title is cute too. LOVE the looks of that pie... scrumptious looking! Happy weekend!

  16. You know, I've actually heard the soup sandwich comment before! I expect that pie could be even better without the nuts! :)
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).