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Fudge Cupcake Murder

Thoughts Before Baking:

I got this recipe from the Hannah Swensen mystery, Fudge Cupcake Murder. It sounded really tasty so I thought I would try it out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Melted Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Apples
  • 1.5 Cups of Flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Melt butter, add the sugars, and stir.
  3. Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and beaten eggs.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add the chopped apple.
  6. Add the flour and mix it thoroughly.
  7. Add the Oats and mix well.
  8. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Spoon the dough in and smooth it with a rubber spatula.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly brown on top.
  10. Let it cool and cut into bars like brownie.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I LOVED it! They were just the best tasting thing that I consumed almost the entire pan. Just one fantastic recipe!

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For more recipes from Fudge Cupcake Murder, go to Hole in One

For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Misdemeanor Mushrooms

For more recipes, go to Polka Dot Macaroni and Cheese

Hole in One

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!!

I know I usually post on Fridays, but I thought I would change today to be a part of the holiday mood. Now I know that you were probably expecting something on a side dish for Thanksgiving or what to do with the leftovers, but no. I decided to do something much different, something that you can eat the morning of before you start cooking up a storm. Or something you can eat tomorrow, before you go out shopping.

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This recipe comes from Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swenson Mystery #5)

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

So when I first saw this recipe I immediately wanted to make it. You see this same dish is made in one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta. V for Vendetta is a dystopian future film. In the film the rebel, vigalante, V saves a young girl, Evie, from being raped by policeman. The next day she goes to work at the television studio, in which at the same time V comes, making the stations play his message. When they try to take him, Evie assists him, as she doesn’t want the man who saved her hurt. When Evie is knocked out, V takes her with him, and the next morning prepares “A Hole in One” (they call it a different name), for her. The way Evie enjoys it, always made me want to try it.

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray or Butter
  • One Slice of Bread (Any Kind)
  • One Egg
  • Butter
  • Biscuit Cutter or juice glass
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Italian Seasoning (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or put in a pat of butter.
  2. Butter one side of a slice of bread. Put it butter-side-down in the frying pan. Butter the top side.
  3. With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a juice glass, stamp a hole in the center of the bread slice.
  4. Put the cut circle next to the bread slice in the pan.
  5. Put the pan on medium heat and wait until the bread begins to fry. Then crack an egg and drop it in the hole. Add salt, pepper, and the italian seasoning.
  6. When the egg has cooked on the bottom, flip the whole thing. Also flip the cutout piece of bread.
  7. Fry until egg is cooked the way you like it.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this was really good and pretty easy to make. I’m not really a fried egg person, but I loved this as it is the perfect blend. The only thing that I would warn you about, is flipping the bread and egg over can be hard. I only did it once perfectly.

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For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more breakfast recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more holiday recipes, go to With the 4th of July Comes Apple Pie

For more recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swenson #5)

So I know you guy think I just like to hate on Joanne Fluke.

Hate her that's so raven

But that’s not true.

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I just don’t like subpar writing. When it’s bad, I’m going to call you out on it. When it’s good, I will also point that out. And while I haven’t liked the first four mysteries, I actually enjoyed this.

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So back in Blueberry Muffin Murder, Hannah Swensen discussed having a Lake Eden cookbook full of recipes only known to them. Well in this book, the Lake Eden Cookbook is in the middle of becoming a reality.

Besides The Cookie Jar, Hannah has taken on a temporary side job teaching cooking at the community college. As Lake Eden is getting ready to create a cookbook of family recipes, Hannah feels that there is no better opportunity than to have the class prepare the submitted recipes.

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And there is no time like the present. It is days from Halloween, but all recipes must be typed, tested, photographed, etc.; in time for the cookbook to be completed and ready to be sold at Christmas.

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Hannah is enjoying her new jobs as cooking teacher and head of the cookbook, when she is approached by her friend Beatrice. Beatrice asks her to include the Fudge Cupcakes that her mother-in-law was famous for. Only one problem, there is a secret ingredient, and with the mother-in-law dead, no one knows what it could possibly be.

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Well, Hannah likes solving mysteries, and at least this one doesn’t have a dead body in it, so she begins working on trying to find the missing piece to the puzzle.

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In other news, Hannah’s sister Andrea is pregnant and her husband Bill is running for Sheriff. Sheriff Grant has been running the town for years, and when polls come out with him in the low numbers, he starts to pick up his game to get more support.  He approaches Hannah outside the center, and she gives him a cupcake, along with a promise that Bill will win.

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Hannah then goes on to a productive day in class. The group cooks up a whole mess of recipes and solve some elusive handwriting. Hannah still doesn’t know the ingredient for the cupcakes, but hasn’t given up yet.

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That night, Mike picks her up for dinner, helping her clean up the kitchen first. She goes out to the dumpster to throw away the garbage and discovers a body. And not just any body, but Sheriff Grant.

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Now Bill is suspended as he is the prime suspect and Hannah finds herself on the case.

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This proves to be difficult, as Sheriff Grant was a hated man, hated almost by EVERYONE. Could he have been killed by a deputy for having stolen their “prime cases” in election years? Could he have been killed by someone he wrote up for absolutely nothing? Could it have been connected to the death of his son? Or could be for some other reason? And most importantly, what is the secret ingredient in the fudge cupcakes?!

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Thought After Reading:

So let’s start with the cupcake mystery. I first thought it was going to be annoying and distracting. Not to mention cruel to have Fluke make us wait so long to find out the answer, but it actually added to the story. It made you read more as you wanted to know what the ingredient is. And the cupcake sounds so good, I will be making them in the future.

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Now I do hate the Mike storyline. Mike is the worst detective ever. He actually thinks that Bill, Bill who couldn’t plan his way out of a paper bag could murder Sheriff Grant? Bill is stupid, but honest. The only way he would murder anyone was on accident, turning himself in. Come on Mike, get your head out of your butt.

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I mean they act like Mike is such a great detective, but he’s as dumb as rocks.

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And it is clear that Hannah and Mike would not work long term as in every book she gets incredibly angry at him. Just break up already and get with Norman.

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Shawna Lee Quinn comes to town, a recent plant and old friend of Mike. She is eager to be a new friend and is further proof that Mike is not right for Hannah. Dump that chump!

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Once again they also make Tracey act way too old.  And there is not enough Norman in here.

But on a whole I enjoyed the book. The mystery was easily solvable, once you were given all the clues, but it was a pretty good story.

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For more Hannah Swensen mysteries, go to Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

For more mysteries, go to The Princess Plot