In Irish Knit Homicide, St. Patrick’s Day takes an surprising flip for crafting journal editor Pamela Paterson and the members of her knitting membership when a member of a distinguished New Jersey household is discovered useless. As readers get pleasure from this intriguing new thriller, they will craft their very own Irish espresso trifle with a recipe from the writer herself, Peggy Ehrhart.
Trifles of all kinds are historically ready and served in footed clear-glass compotes, somewhat like giant variations of the broad and shallow glasses used for Champagne earlier than Champagne flutes got here into style. The clear glass permits the varied layers to be seen.
A combination of robust espresso and Irish whiskey is drizzled over sliced, store-bought pound cake. Layers of vanilla pudding and whipped cream are added, with shavings of bittersweet chocolate sprinkled on high.
Peggy Ehrhart’s Irish Espresso Trifle
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon tremendous sea salt
- 2 cups entire milk
- 2 egg yolks, frivolously crushed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup robust espresso espresso
- ¼ cup Irish whiskey
- 1 loaf-type pound cake, sliced
- Garnish: grated bittersweet chocolate
- Within the high half of double boiler*, whisk collectively ½ cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in milk.
- Within the backside half of the double boiler, deliver water to a boil. Put the highest half of double boiler in place, being cautious that water doesn’t contact higher pan. Cook dinner milk combination, stirring steadily, till it begins to thicken, 10 to fifteen minutes.
- Progressively whisk in just a few spoonfuls of scorching milk combination to egg yolks to mood. Add egg yolk combination to exploit combination in double boiler, whisking nicely. Proceed cooking, stirring continually till combination is thick sufficient to coat a steel spoon.
- Take away from warmth. Stir in vanilla extract. Switch pudding to a bowl, and let it cool. Cowl pudding with plastic wrap, urgent instantly onto floor of pudding to forestall it from forming a pores and skin. Refrigerate pudding till chilly.
- In a big mixing bowl, beat collectively cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar till delicate peaks kind.
- In a small bowl, stir collectively espresso and whiskey.
- In a big trifle bowl or compote, prepare half of pound cake slices in backside of bowl. Drizzle half of espresso combination over pound cake. Unfold half of pudding over drizzled pound cake. Unfold half of whipped cream over pudding layer. Repeat the method, with remaining elements. Cowl with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and serve inside a day or two.
- Simply earlier than serving, garnish with grated chocolate, if desired.
*In case you don’t have a double boiler, you may improvise one with a bigger pot and a smaller pot or with a steel or glass bowl set over a saucepan.
The Listers have been a part of Arborville society for generations—although 70-something Isobel Lister doesn’t match the position of upper-crust heiress. She’s at all times been a colourful character, and her fun-loving spirit is on show on the senior middle celebration as she performs some beloved Irish songs. However simply minutes later, her physique is discovered backstage.
It’s arduous to think about who’d goal such a innocent eccentric, however crafting journal editor Pamela Paterson finds herself suspecting everybody. There’s the Wiccan who thought St. Patrick wasn’t so saintly; the lady upset about cultural appropriation who feels the commercialization of shamrocks is a sham; the 2 males Isobel was seeing—who may have been inexperienced with jealousy—and outdated family and friends, who might have feared Isobel would spill their secrets and techniques. However Pamela’s on the case, and which means, for the killer, the jig will quickly be up.
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who lives in Leonia, New Jersey, the place she writes mysteries and performs blues guitar. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the College of Illinois and taught writing and literature at Queens School, CUNY, and Fairleigh Dickinson College, the place she was a tenured full professor. A longtime member of Thriller Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee. She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. Peggy often attends mystery-writing conferences and participates in convention panels and likewise offers talks on thriller fiction at libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.