Today at Brimstone Soup, we unveil quite possibly the tastiest blog series on the web...BOOK COOKS: Autumn Recipes from your Favorite Authors and Illustrators! Plus trivia and other tidbits you always wanted to know. Admit it.
Judging from the recipes I have gathered, Book Cooks have the sweetest of sweet tooths - fully two-thirds are the most scrumptious selections of treats imagineable, plus divine savory delights...and really, would you want it any other way?
So I'll kick off the series with a family favorite from the one, the only, the superbly talented and well-loved YA author Deb Caletti (oooh, and you can now show your devotion to Deb's awesomeness by becoming her fan on Facebook).
Deb's latest, THE SECRET LIFE OF PRINCE CHARMING, carries her signature mix of wisdom, grace, and complicated relationships, in which her "gifts...are at their sharpest" (Publisher's Weekly). Stay tuned for her next book, THE SIX RULES OF MAYBE, in which the Caletti Corn Flake Pie makes an intrepid appearance...
Take it away, Deb!
My recipe is for an ice cream pie that is a favorite of my family. It's our "company's coming" dessert, but it's so good you'll want to make an extra to eat the morning after. In my newest release, THE SIX RULES OF MAYBE [Editor's note: which you can preorder on Amazon] one of the characters eats this straight out of the pan with a fork. (Hmm - wonder where that came from?) Be careful when cutting it, though. It takes a strong and steady hand. My mother once sent the whole pie flying across the table with the guests looking on.
It doesn't really have a name, so let's call it:
Caletti Family Corn Flake Pie
It's all in the crust:
4 C. corn flakes
7 Tbs. melted butter
1/3 C brown sugar
4 oz. melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 gallon of coffee ice cream (we make our own with a good vanilla mixed with a bit of strongly brewed coffee)
Mix corn flakes, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate in a big bowl until the corn flakes are all covered. Sample some of this. (Okay, maybe I just do that part.) Try not to keep sampling. Spread this bumpy concoction into a buttered pie plate, on the bottom and up the sides. Spread the coffee ice cream on top. Freeze. Curse Deb and the entire Caletti clan for eating half of it by yourself.
Even cooler, Deb tipped me off that our local public station KCLS just published a cookbook, LITERARY FEAST, featuring author recipes, which you can find at the KCLS website.
Thank you, Deb!