Mystery Fanfare, as well as about Chocolate. I'm also the Editor of the thematic review Mystery Readers Journal. A few years ago, we had an issue (Volume 29:1) that focused on Environmental Crime Fiction/Mysteries. In addition I compose lists of themed crime fiction. Have a look at my Environmental/Ecological Crime Fiction list on Mystery Fanfare.
I don’t know of a good crime novel that involves the chocolate trade. That’s a theme ripe for a good mystery. Something to think about while you enjoy “Cracked Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake” from the recipe below.
I've posted many flourless chocolate cake recipes, but this cake, adapted from Tyler Florence of the Food Network, is one of my favorites. Cracked Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake.
Cracked Earth Flourless Chocolate Cake
1 pound organic fair-trade dark chocolate (65-85% cacao), chopped into small pieces
8 Tbsp unsalted butter
9 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
2 cups heavy cream, cold
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter 9-inch springform pan.
chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over
simmering water until melted.
Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks with sugar in mixing bowl until light yellow in color.
Whisk a little of
chocolate mixture into egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs -
this will keep eggs from scrambling from heat of the chocolate;
then whisk in rest of chocolate mixture.
egg whites in mixing bowl until stiff peaks form and fold into chocolate mixture.
Pour into prepared pan (spray bottom with
nonstick spray) and bake until cake is set, top starts to
crack, and toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist
crumbs clinging to it, 20 to 25 minutes (and then check every five
minutes after that--don't overbake).
Let stand 10 minutes, then unmold.