Very few women can deny having a deep appreciation for the wondrously healing properties of both chocolate and a good book.
Rhonda Plumhoff has found a unique way of combining these two blissful pastimes (reading and eating or cooking with chocolate)! Following the first cookbook, Literary Chocolate, she tantalizes us once more with recipes created for interesting and quirky characters from the novels of indie authors! And what’s more, this entire recipe book is dedicated to chocolate! Oh yes! Chocolate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even beverages! What more could we want to accompany our daily reads?
Try Voodoo Chocolate Beignets (created for Aneesa Price’s Miss Suzette from Coffin Girls, Coffin Girls (Elegantly Undead: Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Series)) or Shayne’s I-should-of-told-you-the-truth-and-I’m-sorry Steak (based on the characters, Shayne and Enrique in Morgan Kearns’ Lucky 13, Lucky 13 (Deadlines & Diamonds)) and when that’s not enough literature-inspired chocolate for you, have a go at Rock My World Chocolate Treats (based on Broken Promises by Belinda Boring, Broken Promises (The Brianna Lane Series))! This is a killer combination of a chocoholic and readaholic’s fantasies in a book!
Find character descriptions from Two of My books as well as the recipes created for them below.
Book link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BA1BHVY
Chocolate Mocha Crème Brulee
Caroline had led the life of a high society daughter and wife, one that was filled with soul-destroying emotional abuse. Upon the death of her husband, she finds that she is financially incapable of supporting herself and flees New York without a plan or destination in mind. Her travels lead her to Promise, a small town on the New England coast.
Following instinct, she settles in Promise and begins to explore her new found independence and the pleasurable side of love with ruggedly handsome local, Luke Edwards.
Her financially privileged upbringing had provided her with the opportunities to travel and with her love for cooking; she shares culinary delights from all over the world with the willing residents of promise. But her new-found contentment is shattered as past resurrects itself and she needs to find the courage to face it before she can truly re-build her life.
Finding Promise by Author Aneesa Price: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Promise-Series-Romance-ebook/dp/B008N25Y80
- 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup prepared espresso (strong black coffee)
- 8 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 325° degrees. Place 8, (6 ounce) ramekins on a baking sheet.
In a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, add cream, sugar, vanilla and espresso. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat until cream begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a large bowl, and slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have added approximately half the cream mixture to the yolks. At this point, pour in the remaining cream mixture and whisk smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, and let rest for 5 minutes. Stir the mixture until chocolate is smooth and creamy. Pour evenly into ramekins, cook for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate for 6 hours. Before serving; move the oven rack to the top position in the oven, preheat oven to broil. Sprinkle the tops of each Crème Brulee with granulated sugar, evenly coating. Place ramekin on baking sheet, and place under the broiler until sugar bubbles and turns a light caramel brown. Keep an eye on sugar it bubbles fast and you do not want it to burn. Serve immediately.
Yields 8 servings
Voodoo Chocolate Beignets
This endearing Voodoo, Cajun mama is a favorite character of many who read Coffin Girls. She rules the kitchen of Papillion Plantation, the majestic mansion of the witch-vampire sisters, with a wooden spoon and gruff affection. What’s more, she’s the human that grounds the powerful Coffin Girls and who encourages them to overcome the risky challenges that they face, including those that touch their magical hearts.
Miss Suzette is known for her Voodoo, or ‘kitchen magic’ but she is also a whizz with culinary creations believing that food replenishes the soul and nourishes the heart.
Coffin Girls, Elegantly Undead by Aneesa Price: http://www.amazon.com/Coffin-Girls-Elegantly-Undead-ebook/dp/B008N0GWVA
- 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Before you begin to deep fry beignets, fill pan with oil until 3 inches deep, heat vegetable oil to 350° degrees in a deep heavy pot, over medium-high heat (or deep fryer).
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, heavy cream, hot water, egg, shortening, and salt; stir in yeast mixture. Mix dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest in bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, 30 minutes. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. While still warm, give beignets a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
Yields 20 beignets