Friday, February 15, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
by Jenny Kales

The Halloween season is serving up more tricks than treats for thirty-something Greek-American foodie and business owner Calliope “Callie” Costas. Don't miss the 4th installment in this colorful culinary cozy mystery series!

When a new employee at a neighboring business, Tea for Two, is found dead, Callie is drawn into a murky brew of motives and murder suspects. It turns out that the seemingly mild-mannered victim might have a few skeletons in his closet. What’s more, the timing of the murder, just a day before Crystal Bay’s first annual Halloween Walk, has threatened to derail the town’s festive fall events, including a Halloween Gala benefiting the local food pantry, one of Callie’s favorite causes.

Callie’s already full plate is set to overflowing with the return of an old boyfriend who has his eye on developing a mall that will compete with and possibly destroy Crystal Bay’s small business scene. Could there be a tie between the mall and the murder?

Somebody has been stewing. Will Callie help find the unsavory killer before things reach the boiling point?

Includes delicious recipes from Callie's Kitchen!

Chai Spice Cake

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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
4 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chai spice mix:

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Pinch finely ground black pepper

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a Bundt pan or tube pan with Pam baking spray with flour.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chai spice in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter and cream cheese with sugar until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until blended.

Add flour in thirds, alternating with the sour cream. Do not overbeat. Add the vanilla extract and mix until just blended.

Pour batter into Bundt pan and smooth the top. Bake for 38-40 minutes. Check for doneness by testing the center with a toothpick; it should come out clean.

Be careful not to overbake.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on a wire rack.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drizzle with cream cheese glaze (see recipe below).

Serves 8.

Cream Cheese Glaze

1 tbsp. very soft cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
4-6 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk ingredients together until the glaze is smooth and pourable. Add a little more milk if the mixture is too stiff. Drizzle over top of cake.

Serves 4

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A big thank to Jenny for sharing her recipe with us!

Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie's Kitchen Mystery Series, featuring Greek-American Calliope Costas, feisty food business owner and amateur sleuth, who lives in a scenic Wisconsin town with colorful characters -- and a high murder rate! Each book contains several delicious recipes, both Greek and American.

ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK is the debut book in the series, followed by SPICED AND ICED (A Christmas cozy mystery), SECRETS AND PIES, and a NEW BOXED SET. The Callie's Kitchen Cozy Mystery Series Boxed Set, which includes Books 1 - 3, is now available and free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

LATEST RELEASE: A STEW TO A KILL, Book 4 in the Callie's Kitchen Mystery series! This Halloween mystery is available for the Kindle and in paperback.

Jenny is an avid reader, cook and baker and she's addicted to reading and mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or Acorn TV. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. She's hard at work on additional writing projects including more Callie's Kitchen Mysteries and a new series. 

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  1. The Chai Spice Cake sounds delicious.

    I love holiday mysteries!!

  2. Oh my, I think I can smell that Chai Spice Cake and it's calling my name!

    Love Jenny Kales"s books. This cover is absolutely wonderful!
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