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How to Make Italian Christmas Panettone Pain Perdu by Cleo Coyle

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A popular breakfast in New Orleans, pain perdu literally means lost or wasted bread. Traditionally it's made with thick slices from a crusty French loaf that's gone stale, but our readers may remember this special version of the dish from our Coffeehouse Mystery Holiday Buzz.
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Our amateur sleuth Clare Cosi cooks it up on Christmas morning for her longtime love interest, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. Because of her Italian heritage, my husband and I knew Clare would use panettone to make her pain perdu

If you've never tried panettone, a slightly sweet Italian yeast bread enjoyed during the Christmas season, look for it in boxes like the one in my photo above. Boxed panettone can keep for months, but once it's out of its wrappings, this delicious bread goes stale fairly quickly. When that happens, simply follow my directions for a festive French toast--either for breakfast or dessert. See both serving ideas in my recipe directions. And...

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

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Comic Book Carbonara: A Graphic Novel Pasta

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When I first met my husband, he whipped up a fantastic spaghetti carbonara that has since become part of our menu. Because Marc is part Italian, I assumed his recipe came from his family's kitchen. Not so.
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And may you eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries






How to Make Maple Bacon Breakfast Muffins from Scratch or Pancake Mix by Cleo Coyle

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These delicious muffins deliver the taste of a pancake breakfast in one bite: maple syrup, bacon, and fluffy buttermilk flapjacks. I'll show you how to make them two ways: (1) from scratch or (2) with a pancake mix. 

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~ Cleo





Baking up Biscochitos by Cleo Coyle

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Biscochitos (aka bizcochitos) are tender shortbread cookies irresistibly flavored with anise and cinnamon. They were originally developed by Spanish settlers in the New Mexico Territory and are traditionally served at weddings, birthdays, and religious holidays, including Christmas, but they're also enjoyed with coffee or milk in the morning and after dinner with wine or again (you guessed it) coffee! 

This recipe puts my own spin on it, based on the fictional background of Clare Cosi, the amateur sleuth in our bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series. Happy Holidays, everyone. May you... Eat with joy to the world!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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How to Make Christmas Pain Perdu: Italian Fruit Cake French Toast

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A popular breakfast in New Orleans, pain perdu literally means lost or wasted bread. Traditionally it's made with thick slices from a crusty French loaf that's gone stale, which tells you where the name originated. If not used this way, the bread would be wasted, lost to crumbs or bird feed.

There are two reasons I chose this recipe for Christmas day. The first is a gift to my readers, many of whom just finished Holiday Buzz. In the book, my amateur sleuth (Clare Cosi) talks about her special plan to cook up this dish on Christmas morning. Although I mentioned the recipe, I didn't publish directions for it.

The second reason I'm sharing this with you today is much more practical. Fruit cake is a customary gift for this Season, so many of you may have it on hand, and pain perdu is a very tasty use for those leftover pieces that might be going stale.

The Italian version of fruit cake is a rich, sweet bread lightly laced with dried fruit called panettone. If you've never had panettone, look for it in boxes like the one in my photo below. Boxed panettone can keep for months but once it's out of its wrappings, this delicious bread goes stale fairly quickly. When that happens, simply follow these directions for a festive French toast.


Merry Christmas, everyone...
Eat with joy to the world!
~ Cleo

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Eggnog Shortbread by Cleo Coyle

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Eggnog is a holiday taste that my husband and I look forward to enjoying every year. While Marc drinks it straight from the fridge, I prefer mine in a comfortingly warm latte. So, I thought, why not put the flavor in a cookie?