Friday, July 12, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 1 in the Marygene Brown Mysteries
by Kate Young

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!



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For the dough

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and diced 
Zest of 1 lemon
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the filling

5 cups berries, (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

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   Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

   In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the  flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter until in resembles cornmeal. Then add the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling. 

   In a bowl, mix gently together berries, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract. In a large Ziploc bag or bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Pour over the berries and fold gently. 

   Spread the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the top. 

   Bake in the preheated over for 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

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What a wonderful summer dessert!
Is this something you'd try?

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Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

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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.

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My phone rang for the umpteenth time this morning. After a brief glance at my cell, I hit the speaker button on the steering wheel. "Hey, I didn't get cold feet. I'm doing this." My lips creased in a grin, proud my tone sounded confident, even to my own ears.

My 56

Like me, she had a curious personality. I moved my head closer to hers.

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  1. These look yummy! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday!

  2. Now you have done went and made be drool all over my keyboard with the photos and recipe for MARYGENE'S BERRY CRUMB BARS!

    My first line -
    Today’s the day! Adrenaline and excitement surged through Gideon Kaiser as he parked his buggy next to the midwife’s buggy. He couldn’t wait to hold his first boppli – and just after Thanksgiving! An extra blessing to give thanks for.
    My 56 -
    And now he was expected to court this new woman. His…..frau.
    MARRIED TO A STRANGER by Laura V. Hilton
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Those crumb bars and the book look good!! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  4. Those Berry Crumb Bars look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :-)

  5. The book and the berry crumb bars look yummy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Being a southern gal, how can I resist this book! LOL

    My Friday 56 from The Experiment