In Death By Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves, the island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, has plenty of salty local character. It also has a sweet side, thanks to Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, her best friend Ellie, and their waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose. But when island life is disrupted by the occasional killer, Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served. Whip up your very own chocolate treat with this delicious Ginger Chocolate Biscotti recipe. The gingery heat in these biscotti gets mellowed by the rich, melty chocolate. They’re knockout good and will complement a rich cup of chai tea or strong coffee.
- 1 cup flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 cup softened butter
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄3 cup crystallized ginger, very finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and get out a cookie sheet. I don’t grease mine, but you know your own cookie sheets better than I do, so use your judgment.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, and ground ginger. In another, larger bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until creamy, mix in the crystallized ginger, and beat in the egg and the vanilla. Then mix the dry ingredients into the moist ones and stir until well blended. Last, mix in the chocolate chips.
- Now take a large serving spoon and scoop all the batter up into it. Drop the batter from the spoon into your other hand and use both hands to form a 12-inch-long log. Place the log onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake the log at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, remove from oven, cool for ten minutes, and then slice the log with a sharp knife into 12 slices, leaving the slices standing up, separate from one another on the cookie sheet. Return them to the oven for 5 minutes to dry them out a bit (or if you like them very crunchy, for up to 10 minutes).
Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder when Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is murdered with a poisoned milkshake! Andy is jailed as the prime suspect and the wedding is cancelled, whoopie pie and all. With the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to catch a poisonous predator before someone else sips their last dessert.
Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, in a 200-year-old house much like Jake Tiptree’s. After 20 years of home repair – and yes, it really does make you think about murder! – she has handed in her toolbox and returned to her first love: chocolate! When she’s not cooking or baking something delectable—or writing about it!—she tends a huge garden or shovels snow, depending upon the season. Follow Sarah online at Facebook.
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