When my editor, the amazing Deb Nemeth, sent me the final version of Ruby, she whined a little bit. With this story taking place in New Orleans, and with the hero being a passionate chef in a five-star French Quarter restaurant, there’s a lot of food. Food as seduction, in particular.
I made her really hungry.
To throw her a bone, I sent her one of my hero’s recipes. She told me I *had* to post this for everyone.
So, download a copy of Ruby here, make a batch of Bobby Prejean’s gingerbread pudding with bourbon sauce, and settle in for some serious indulgence.
2.5 c + 2 t All Purpose Flour
2.5 t ground ginger
1.25 t cinnamon
1 t salt
5 oz crystallized ginger, chopped
1.5 sticks butter
½ c light molasses
2 t baking soda
½ c raisins
1/3 c + 2 T bourbon
1.5 c whole milk
1.25 c sugar
¾ c + 3 T whipping cream
1 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 375. Butter 13X9 pan.
Sift together 2.5 c flour, ground ginger, 1 t cinnamon, salt. In another bowl, mix crystallized ginger with 2 t flour. In another bowl, beat 1 stick of butter till fluffy. Add brown sugar and beat. In another bowl, mix molasses with 1 c of boiling water and baking soda. Stir the molasses mixture into the butter mix. Stir in flour mixture. Add 1 beaten egg and the crystallized ginger mix. Pour into pan. Bake 15 minutes, reduce to 350 and bake ~12 minutes more, until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 30 minutes, turn out and cool. Can be made ahead. (As with all bread puddings, it’s better if the bread is slightly stale.)
Combine raisins and 1/3 c bourbon. Soak 30 min and drain.
Preheat oven to 375.
Put gingerbread, in 1” pieces, in bowl. Whisk milk, ¾ c sugar, ¾ c cream, 3 eggs, 2 egg yolks, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over gingerbread. Add raisins. Transfer to 9X5X3 glass dish. Cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake ~30 minutes, until golden.
Melt ½ stick butter on medium heat. Whisk in ½ c sugar, 3 T whipping cream & 2 T bourbon. Add a pinch of salt. Simmer ~3 min, until thickened.
I’ve made this a few times and it’s delicious! It’s also worth it to double or triple the bourbon sauce, because it’s like gravy – there’s never too much.
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests.
Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency. A fourth series, The Twelve Kingdoms, will hit the shelves in 2014. A spin-off story from this series, Negotiation, appears in the Thunder on the Battlefield anthology.
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