Prudence Cover Reveal! Book One of the Custard Protocol Series

My dear Gentle Reader, you have been waiting so patiently and I am delighted to reward you with, the cover art for...


The Custard Protocol: Book One

Coming March 17, 2015

Photo by Shirley Green, Illustration by Don Sipley, Design by Lauren Panepinto

The inevitable questions...
More questions? Ask them below, but I won't answer spoilers.

Custard Protocol, you say?

I'll leave you with my new favorite amazing custard pie recipe. Possibly the most simple desert custard ever. It makes its own crust, like magic! (Original recipe from which I tinkered.)

Coconut Custard Pie


2 cups milk (whole or sub in part cream or half/half if you're feeling decadent)
8 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter (sub in coconut oil if you like, I did it 4 tbsp of each)
3/4 cup sugar (I'll be dropping this to 2/3 next time, I don't like stuff too sweet)
1 cup shredded coconut (raw unsweetened)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup flour (next time I plan to try 1/4 almond meal, 1/4 flour)
2 teaspoons vanilla
dash of salt
1/4 nutmeg for top (I'll use cinnamon next time)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, set center rack.
  2. Melt butter but not too hot, I set mine on top of the warming stove as I assembled ingredients.
  3. Put all ingredients into blender and blend thoroughly. 
  4. Pour into greased and floured 9" pie plate. (I used a deep dish, steeper sides, taller, non stick)
    Bake @ 350F degrees for 45 minutes. 
  5. Pie puffs and turned a dark golden brown.
  6. Remove even if center is slightly jiggly (as with quiche, you don't want to overcook the custard). As it cools it will deflate.
  7. Enjoy warm or cold, tasters said they thought it tasted even better next day.
The flour element settles down and forms a crust, the coconut rises and toasts at the top. It's amazing! I hate to make pastry, so this pie really impressed me. I plan to try next with added 1/4 cup of high-end dark unsweetened coco powder, and maybe a dollop of booze. I do love tinkering.


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