As Gouda as Dead – Review, Recipe & Giveaway

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Sometimes when I consider recipes for the Cheese Shop mysteries, I have to stretch my imagination and take risks, but honestly? Goat cheese in a brownie? You’ve got to be kidding me. (No pun intended…okay, maybe a little pun intended.)

I saw a recipe for something like this brownie and was skeptical, like you, about the goat cheese. It’s tangy, it’s tart. How can it possibly be good with chocolate? But it was. I promise. Adding the coffee—because coffee and chocolate DO go together—gave this delightful dessert an extra zing! Trust me. These little babies flew off the plate! They’re really good while reading a good book! Anybody ready to read AS GOUDA AS DEAD?




7 oz. dark chocolate

2 sticks butter, unsalted

1 ¾ cup brown sugar

4 eggs [For gluten-free make this 3 eggs and 2 egg whites]

1 1/3 cup flour [For gluten-free make this 1 1/3 cup gluten-free flour plus 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum]

¼ tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder

Goat cheese topping:

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 oz. goat cheese [used Laura Chenel’s Chevre]

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons ground espresso coffee


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted.

In a large bowl combine sugar and eggs. Slowly stir into chocolate mixture.

Sift flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder into bowl and combine with chocolate and egg mixture.

Pour batter into a greased, 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Whip together softened cheeses and sugar until smooth. Add coffee and stir.

Place large spoonfuls of mixture on top of batter and swirl with a butter knife.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until set. Brownies will still be gooey in middle. Let cool before cutting.

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As Gouda as Dead
by Avery Aames

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Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 3, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425273319



Someone is cheesed off . . .

Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.

Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!

My Review:

As Gouda as Dead is a true cozy mystery. No blood/gore, no harsh language, romance without explicit sex scenes. A joy to read for those reasons alone. I absolutely loved the title of this book and the story was quite “yummy” with all the references to fancy foods. I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, but I didn’t feel lost in the plot or characters at all. I enjoyed the small town setting, where all the business owners know each other–true to real life. I enjoyed Charlotte and her friends. There were plenty of suspects and I didn’t figure out who did it until the big reveal.  A great, easy read for a lazy afternoon near Valentine’s Day. 4 stars.

Disclaimer:  I was given this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour.


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About This Author

As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. 

As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. 

Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

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