If you enjoy watching a good single murder mystery peppered with delicious recipes, then the Acorn TV Original Series Love and Murder Recipes is for you!
Based on Sally Andrebest-selling novels, A mystery of Tannie Maria, the 10-part series premiered earlier this month and can be viewed on Acorn TV through October 3.
A quirky mix of food and mystery, it has everything you need for good television, including mouth-watering culinary creations.
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Advice columnist Tannie (Aunt) Maria, played by Foreign star Maria DoyleKennedy, solves crimes in between firings, but the show takes an unexpected turn when a woman who writes to him is found dead. Maria teams up with a risk-taking – and sometimes rival – local rookie journalist to investigate the murder and catch the killer before the police find more victims.
In her pursuit of the killer, Tannie Maria cooks up a storm, as it helps her think through clues to the crime. The Perfect Buttermilk Chocolate Cake appears in Episode 2, as a way to bribe others for information and clues. You’ll have to keep watching to see what other spectacular recipes she dreams up.
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What’s the perfect buttermilk chocolate cake?
This gorgeous cake is a delicious blend of brown sugar, cocoa powder and buttermilk, topped with a rum-infused chocolate icing. Let’s say it’s die for.
- ¼ cup of water
- 8 oz. butter (2 sticks)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cup sweet brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1½ cups sifted icing sugar
- ½ cup of butter
- ¼ cup sifted cocoa
How to make buttermilk chocolate cake
- Preheat oven to 360°F and line and grease the bottom and sides of an 11-inch pan.
- Heat the water and butter together in a saucepan, then add the cocoa powder and stir until dissolved; do not boil.
Beat sugar and eggs together until doubled in volume.
- Add the buttermilk and vanilla, then add the hot cocoa mixture and stir very well.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then add to the cocoa mixture and mix well again.
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Let refresh in the bowl.
Don’t forget the icing:
Heat all the ingredients except the rum in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking in the lumps. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Let cool completely before frosting the cake. Garnish with fresh flowers.
What to serve with buttermilk chocolate cake
I go old fashioned and recommend serving this cake with a glass of cold, frothy milk. Seriously, is there anything better?