Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect. Author Amy Lillard’s delicious mystery Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary is enjoyed best with an Apple Crisp. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired, and your favorite tea, of course.
- ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
- ¾ cup granulated no-calorie sweetener*
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ pounds apples**, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons water
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup blanched almond flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar no-calorie sweetener***
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Place butter in a 9-inch square baking dish. Place baking dish in the oven while it preheats to melt butter. Remove baking dish from oven when butter melts and pour almost all of it into a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, stir together granulated sweetener, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, toss together apples and enough of the 2 teaspoons water to lightly wet apple chunks. Add apples to cinnamon mixture, stirring to coat as evenly as possible. Spoon apples into prepared baking dish. If there is any cinnamon mixture left, sprinkle it over apples.
- To the melted butter, stir in oats, almond flour, brown sugar sweetener, baking powder, and xanthan gum. Spread, drop, or sprinkle mixture over apples.
- Bake until browned and bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
**We used Gala.
***We used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.
After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts, as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus, she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as 70-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed.
Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of more than 40 novels and novellas, including the Main Street Book Club Mysteries and the Amish Mysteries, as well as Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon, she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel, and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA and ACFW. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at AmyWritesRomance.com.