Friday, February 22, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from author
Susan Bernhardt.

Susan writes the
Irina Curtius Mysteries
and the 
Kay Driscoll Mysteries

Irina Curtis Mysteries

Kay Driscoll Mysteries

Coming April 9, 2019
Book 5 in the Kay Driscoll Mysteries

This recipe is from the Kay Driscoll Mysteries.


Photos from Google Images and/or Pinterest

In the Kay Driscoll mysteries, Kay and her friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, discuss new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters.

Below is Kay's favorite chocolate dessert featured in my mysteries. Kay's favorite dessert never changes. My favorite cake is also this chocolate creation.

This recipe is tried and true.


12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
Pinch of salt 3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
6 large eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbsp raspberry-flavored liqueur or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cocoa powder, for garnish
Raspberries, for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper. Butter the paper and the sides of the pan.

2. Combine the chocolate, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until the chocolate is finely ground. With the processor running, add the boiling water through the feed tube and process for about 15 seconds, until the chocolate is completely melted. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl, then add the butter and process for about 5 seconds, until the batter is smooth. Add the eggs and raspberry liqueur and process until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the edges of the torte are puffy and cracked and the center is just set (it will still look moist). Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes (the torte will sink as it cools). Cover the pan and refrigerate for 3 hours.

4. Remove the sides of the springform pan and invert the torte onto a flat serving platter. Lift off the bottom of the pan and peel off the parchment paper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to garnish the torte.

5. Sprinkle with cocoa powder (optional) and garnish with the raspberries. 

I can see why this is Kay's and Susan's favorite dessert.
It looks amazing!

Susan's town in northern Wisconsin was an inspiration for the quaint setting of her Kay Driscoll novels. Like Kay Driscoll in her cozy mysteries, Susan is a retired nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. She also writes the Irina Curtius mysteries. She lives with her husband, William, and has two sons, Peter and David.

An avid reader of mysteries, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Her published works include: A Manhattan Murder Mystery: An Irina Curtius Mystery, The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1), Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2), Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3), Paradise Can Be Murder (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4). "October 31st", "Midsummer", and "John and Madeline."

When not writing, Susan loves to travel, bicycle, kayak, and create culinary magic in her kitchen. She works in stained-glass, daydreams in her organic garden, stays up late reading mysteries, and eats lots of chocolate.

The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1) -

Murder comes to town and so does Kay Driscoll, whose tenacious nature tells her city officials are attempting a cover-up and she must expose the truth.

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) -

During the season of peace on earth, good will to men, Kay uncovers sinister plots of corruption at a retirement home, while investigating the suspicious death of a beloved caretaker.

Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3) -

An obnoxious member of Kay's book club is found dead on the beach. When Kay investigates, she discovers that the death, covered-up to look like suicide, was in fact murder.

Paradise Can Be Murder (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4) -

Kay's cruise with family and friends soon leads to a murder investigation on the high seas, and the clock is ticking to find justice for the victim before their time in paradise ends.

A Manhattan Murder Mystery (An Irina Curtius Mystery) - 
When a neighbor's failing health is suspicious and he dies, a vivacious, retired ballet dancer investigates so that justice prevails.

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  1. I've not read this author before and it's always a good thing when I find a new cozy series. I'm drooling over that yummy dessert! LOL

    My Friday 56 from Silver River Secrets

  2. CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLE sounds so YUMMY. Got my chocolate tooth in gear this morning just reading the recipe. :)

    Kay has so many great books. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "MURDER MISUNDERSTOOD".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Thank you, Kay for your kind words. I'm happy you enjoy the Kay Driscoll mystery series. :)

  3. Thank you so much, Lisa for your beautiful post featuring Kay Driscoll's favorite dessert at Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte. And thank you for your artistic way of featuring all of my Kay Driscoll and Irina Curtius mysteries. <3