I lost interest in Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke after the first few pages, but I continued reading to the end of the first chapter because there was a mention of Deep Fried Snickers and Milky Bars. So I read a little bit more.
The heroine, Hannah, was judging the baked goods at the local show when someone got murdered. The rest of the story is Hannah doing detective work, all the while eating, baking, judging other people’s cooking at the show and talking about food. I don’t know how the story turned out, because I lost interest again and started flipping through to find recipes.
I did find the description of what baking judges look for to be very interesting, and particularly liked learning about the difference between presentation and appearance in a baking competition (who knew? Not me). The author’s descriptions of cakes, biscuits and pies are fantastic, although goodness knows, there are a lot of them (see the list below). I’d definitely read a recipe book by this author, but wouldn’t bother with another of her novels.
If anyone else is like me and lives for food with sugar in it, the following list are foods which get a mention, description or a recipe in this book. The items with asterisks have the recipes and the items with two asterisks are those I intend to make.
Deep Fried Milky Bars and Deep Fried Snickers Bars, Swedish Oatmeal Cookies*, Pineapple Delights**, Peanut M&Ms and Hershey’s Kisses with Fruit and Nut, Choc Cherry Chocolate Cake (yes, please), Moroccan Delight, Chocolate Baklava, Chocolate Cherry Coffee Cake, Sticky Buns, Doughnuts, Apple Coffee Cake, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Walnut Date Chews**, Chocolate Highlander Cookie Bars, Peanut Butter Melts, Peach Pie with Custard Filling, Key Lime Pie*, Regular Lime Pie with Shortbread Cookie Crust*, One Crust Pies with Crumb Toppings, One Crust Pies with Whipped Cream, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pie, Latticework Crust Pies, Two Crust Fruit Pie, Novelty Pies (Pies with unusual ingredients), Mystery Cookies – made with Tomato Soup, Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust (if there had been a recipe for this I would have made this for sure), Vanilla ice Cream pie with Caramel Sauce, Four Layer Pie – Peach Jam, Baker’s Custard, Vanilla Wafers and M&Ms, Mock Apple Pie (no apples were harmed in the making of this pie as the mystery ingredient is something called Saltines, which are known as Saladas in Australia), Pineapple Custard Pie, Paul Bunyan Burger – for the heroine’s cat, mind you (I’m Australian, so had to google this recipe. It looks like a heart attack on a plate to me), Popovers (Australians definitely don’t eat these. Apparently they are similar to Yorkshire Puddings, which we serve with roast beef. In this book, Popovers are served with sweet butters and jams, like a scone), Bernadette’s Popovers*, Honey Butter*, Almond Butter*, Cashew Butter*, Date Butter*, Orange Butter* and Lemon Butter* (serve these with the Popovers), Breakfast Omelet*, Cappuccino Royales*, Banana Bread, Zucchini Bread, Mango Bread*, Peach Bread* and Coffee and Date Bread, Spicy Dreams – a version of Ginger Cookies, Kitty’s Orange Cake*, Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake (Okay, this is getting ridiculous now. Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake? I don’t think so), Coconut Spice Cake, Soft Molasses and Raisin Cookies, Chippers* (another new-to-me biscuit recipe – biscuits which use salted potato chips [crisps] as an ingredient. I’m more likely to eat the chips out of the packet than to bake with them), Black Forest Cookies, Blonde Brownies* and last of all, Ruby’s Deep Fried Candy Bars*.