Monday, February 6, 2012

Cross My Heart and Promise Not to Meddle

By Janet Snow, from Lucy Burdette’s Key West food critic mystery AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

It sounds silly to say this when my daughter’s in her twenties, but the day the nurse put that little pink bundle in my arms feels like only yesterday. And after that moment, never once has anything felt as important to me as Hayley Catherine Snow’s happiness. And that’s why I hate to see her make awful blunders. Like following that dreadful man to Key West. Oh sure he was gorgeous and sexy, but how can you know a man after a week of dating and a month more of texting. Texting for heaven’s sake! She couldn’t even see the expression on his face when he invited her to move in with him. I’d be willing to bet my grandmother’s silver tea set that his eyelidss were twitching as he wrote that.

And then she went and got herself arrested. It takes every fiber in my body to keep myself from buying a ticket to Florida and marching down there to whisk her home.

Don’t get me wrong, my girl does a lot of things right too. She’s a marvelous cook and I’m so proud of her new career—if she gets the food critic job that is. I’m sorely tempted to call the editor at Key Zest and tell him what a mistake he’ll be making if he doesn’t hire her. Of course, she’d kill me, wouldn’t she?

All this worrying is driving me crazy. That’s one way Hayley and I are exactly alike. When we get worried, we get hungry…I think I have a craving for my Aunt Alvina’s Crumb cake. Will you join me?

Alvina’s Crumb Cake

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter, softened

4 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon, optional

4 tsp baking powder

3 beaten eggs


Rub or pulse the sugar, butter, and flour together like pie crust. Reserve one cup pea-sized crumbs for topping and add 1 tsp cinnamon, if desired. Set that aside.

To the same bowl with the remaining mixture, add 4 heaping tsp baking powder and 3 beaten eggs. Stir.

Mix in milk slowly until the dough runs off the spoon.

Pour into 3 buttered layer cake or square pans and sprinkle crumbs over top. Bake in a hot oven (around 425) about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out dry.

This is also delicious with a handful of fresh blueberries folded in before baking.


  1. Doesn't matter what the age, we always worry about our kids! Sounds like Hayley is on the right track though!