Sweet Fire Release Party – Sarah and Shannen Brady Part 2

January 3, 2015

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Hi again.  Sarah here. Now that it’s midmorning  in our part of the world and we’re thinking about food, I thought I’d share with you Aaron’s favorite chocolate cream puff recipe.  Ramón’s quite a chocolate fiend and Aaron doesn’t hesitate to exploit that weakness, using food to reel his reluctant man in. He brings gourmet goodies to the hospital as Ramón is getting ready to start his shift as a paramedic, charming not only Ramón but all his EMT co-workers as well.

Sweet Nothings Mini Chocolate Cream Puffs

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Pastry

½ cup water

½ cup whole milk

½ c unsalted butter (cut into pieces)

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup all purpose flour

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil Add salt and flour all at once and stir until a mixture forms a smooth ball. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each one. Drop batter by level teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Immediately split each puff and cool on wire rack. Remove any soft dough in the center.

Chocolate Cream

 7 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate

3 cups cold heavy whipping cream

¼ cup sugar

Chop chocolate into small bits (if not using chocolate chips) and set aside

Combine 1 ½ cups cream with sugar and heat to just barely boiling, then pour over chocolate. Whisk until combined and chocolate is melted. Refrigerate to cool completely. Once cooled, whip chocolate mixture with remains of heavy cream until smooth and fluffy.

Pipe chocolate cream into pastry puffs. A drizzle of dark, milk or white chocolate is optional. Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Anyone who answers one of our questions today will be entered to win a gift basket of locally made Spokane yumminess, including Bruttles’ signature soft peanut brittle. The treat was originally invented 60 years ago for the turn down service in the beautiful Davenport Hotel. Food of the gods, I swear. Goodie bag also includes Huckleberry coffee, chocolate covered huckleberries, mocha espresso bark and a sampling of locally made sweets to die for. Retail value over $30 but priceless if you live outside Spokane and can’t get any.

Bruttles-Soft-Peanut-Butter-Brittle gift for giveaway

 

First question for you:  Anyone out there ever been courted with food?  Ever tried to impress a date with your awesome culinary skills?  How’d it go?

(I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.  My Thanksgiving stinkbug story’s pretty epic. Fortunately that one’s over 30 years old.  I can almost look my in-laws in the eyes by now.)

 

Excerpt – Ramón’s being Mr. Grumpy Pants, though it doesn’t stop him from pigging out:

“Ohgodohgodohgod!” The sighs and low curses coming from around the table already sounded more like an orgy than breakfast, but Terrell Sato’s sultry groan rose above the general noise. They both turned to watch in amazement as Terrell finished sucking the cream filling out of the end of one of the little éclairs with an orgasmic shudder. Ramón shot Aaron an embarrassed look and caught him staring at Sato’s performance with wide eyes. A faint pink flush highlighted his chiseled cheekbones. For some reason that was really annoying.

“Oh, come on. It wasn’t that hot.”

Aaron responded with a slight shrug but didn’t stop watching Terrell chase the last of the cream on his lips with his tongue.

“Yeah, it kind of was.”

The rest of the crew was watching the show now too, some with grins, a couple with grimaces of distaste, and a few of both sexes with eyes as wide as Aaron’s. Oh, enough already.

“Sato, you’re not even an EMT. What the hell are you doing here?” Terrell was a nurse in the ER and really shouldn’t be in this room anyway.

“I’m on escort duty. You don’t think your friend here got past security with all this just ’cause he’s cute, now do you?” Terrell prowled toward them, stripping their visitor naked with his eyes the whole way. “Though I would have let him in even without the goodies.”

Apparently the food supply was running low, because more of the greedy piglets had stopped scarfing long enough to play along.

“I would have let him come in too.”

“For food like this, I would have let him do anything he wanted.”

“For this, I would have let him marry me.” This from a woman who knew damn well she’d never have to deliver.

“For this, I would have let him do me in the broom closet.” That, surprisingly, was from a man who wasn’t Terrell.

Aaron was eating it up, blushing bright red and laughing hysterically as the offers got more and more outrageous. It seemed the whole EMT staff was made up of food whores who’d do anything for a cream puff. Ramón found himself chewing hard on the inside of his lip to keep from joining in. These clowns weren’t nearly as funny as they thought they were, but this man was positively stunning when he smiled like that. Still, he was more trouble than he was worth, and that hadn’t changed. It wouldn’t do to encourage him.

 

P.S. – Terrell Sato’s story is book 3 in the series.  Stay tuned…

Click here to go to our web site and see descriptions of Terrell’s story and all the other books in our Gifted and Gifts of Fate series. Just don’t forget to come back and give us a food story to get your entry to the goodie drawing.

 

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