Friday, July 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Daryl Wood Gerber visits with a recipe for Brie Blueberry Ice-Cream

I’m so proud of this recipe. When I was writing TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE, the fourth in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, I wanted Charlotte, the protagonist in the series, to come up with something really special as a dessert, something that brides would serve at their weddings. This ice cream is divine. It can also be made with blackberries (which happens to be the photograph I have taken – guess I forgot to take one with the blueberries, oops). That sounds like something my new protagonist in FINAL SENTENCE, the first in A Cookbook Nook series, would do. Jenna is a former advertising executive and deft with marketing, but she’s not quite up to speed in the kitchen. Making a five-ingredient recipe throws her into a tailspin. But she loves food. And she’d love this ice cream.

Savor the mystery!


1 cup 1% milk

1 cup half-and-half
1 cup cream
4 egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of nutmeg
4 ounces Brie or Fromage d’Affinois, trimmed of its rind

1/2 cup blueberries (rinsed and de-stemmed)

Put vanilla, milk, cream, and half-and-half to sauce and cream pan. Place over medium heat and stir occasionally until steaming.

In a bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar together. Once the milk is hot begin ladling small amounts into the eggs while whisking.

After adding about 1/2 cup of the hot mixture to the eggs, pour the cream-egg mixture back into the pot and stir continuously while it thickens. Once the mixture starts steaming gently again, you can turn off the heat. Keep stirring for a few minutes.

Add the brie in chunks and stir vigorously to melt the cheese into the custard. Add a dash of nutmeg.

Place the creamy mixture in a bowl, cover, and chill thoroughly, about 2 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker per its instructions. [Mine requires 30 minutes of automatic stirring action.]

Five minutes before complete, add in the blueberries. Serve with blueberry sauce.


1/2 cup blueberries
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar

Place all the ingredients in a pan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and then refrigerate. Reheat gently if you want a warm sauce.

Doesn't that look delicious? If you love delicious recipes and great mysteries, then check out Final Sentence, the first book in this series.

In need of a change, Jenna Hart leaves the high-pressure world of advertising to help her aunt Vera open a culinary bookshop and café. Back with her family in Crystal Cove, California, Jenna seems to have all the right ingredients for a fresh start--until someone adds a dash of murder.

As a marketing expert, Jenna wants to make sure the grand opening of the Cookbook Nook draws a crowd, and no one is better at getting attention than her old college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine. But when Desiree arrives in quiet Crystal Cove to do a cookbook signing, the diva stirs up more trouble than business...especially when she turns up dead.

Known for stealing husbands and burning bridges, Desiree left behind plenty of suspects--including Jenna. Though the celebrity's life always appeared to be an open book, Jenna will have to read between the lines in order to clear her name, and catch a killer before another body is served cold.

Now onto the giveaway. Thanks to Daryl Wood Gerber we have ONE paperback copy of Final Sentence to giveaway to one lucky reader.

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  1. Haven't read her, but she's on my list! Would love to win!

    1. Martha, hope you will read me in the future! Thanks for stopping in.

      Daryl aka Avery

  2. I have this book on my TBR list and can't wait to read it, i'm a big fan of culinary mysteries

    1. TD, thrilled to hear this. We love writing culinary mysteries. My new slogan: Savor the Mystery! :)


  3. Sounds like a good read. I love blueberries.

    1. Ingeborg, I also made this with blackberries. In fact, I think the photo above might be my blackberry version - oops. Delish either way.


  4. Recipe looks delicious! I do love blueberries. In fact I bought two pints on sale at the store yesterday. Now I have to go back for the cheese, cream and half and half.

    Cute book cover bright and innocent!

    I liked the book bite. I can't wait to read how Jenna solves Desiree's murder. Do you have other recipes in the book. I like the extra treat!



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