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St. Patrick’s Day Takes an Unexpected Turn in the Latest Mystery in the Cozy Corner


In Irish Knit Murder, St. Patrick’s Day takes an unexpected turn for crafting magazine editor Pamela Paterson and the members of her knitting club when a member of a prominent New Jersey family is found dead. As readers enjoy this intriguing new mystery, they can craft their own Irish coffee trifle with a recipe from the author herself, Peggy Ehrhart.  

Trifles of all sorts are traditionally prepared and served in footed clear-glass compotes, rather like large versions of the wide and shallow glasses used for Champagne before Champagne flutes came into fashion. The clear glass allows the various layers to be seen.

A mixture of strong espresso and Irish whiskey is drizzled over sliced, store-bought pound cake. Layers of vanilla pudding and whipped cream are added, with shavings of bittersweet chocolate sprinkled on top.

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Peggy Ehrhart’s Irish Coffee Trifle

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup strong espresso coffee
  • ¼ cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 loaf-type pound cake, sliced
  • Garnish: grated bittersweet…

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