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Recipe for Tracy’s Cheese Scones

A Perfect Catch CoverIn A Perfect Catch, everyone likes Tracy’s cheese scones — especially Ike. Emily, Tracy’s niece (and Maggie’s daughter from A Perfect Distraction), enjoyed making them too. They’re a fun recipe for youngsters to make as the best way to mix the ingredients is to roll up your sleeves and do it by hand!

Several readers have asked if I would share the recipe, so here it is. These are delicious on their own, served warm, with butter, or with crispy bacon. Happy baking!


Ingredients: (makes 1 doz)

225g or 8oz of self-raising flour
55g/2oz butter
85g/3oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
125ml/4 fl oz milk
1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C/425 F
  2. Mix together the flour and butter
  3. Mix in the grated cheese
  4. Add egg
  5. Add milk to get a soft dough
  6. Turn onto floured surface and knead lightly
  7. Roll out so that it’s approx 1/2in thick.
  8. Use a 5cm/2in cutter to cut out rounds. Try not to twist as you’re cutting.
  9. Knead remaining dough together, roll out and repeat for more rounds.
  10. Place rounds of a greased tray and brush the tops with milk.
  11. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden.

[This recipe originally appeared on The Romance Dish]

Lizzie’s Sweet Treats Shortbread Cookie Recipe



In A Perfect Party, we learned that Lizzie Martin (Jenny’s younger sister from A Perfect Trade) has set up her own personalised cookie business, called Lizzie’s Sweet Treats.

Since I know you all love recipes, here is Lizzie’s recipe for delicious, buttery shortbread cookies.


Ingredients: (approx 12 cookies)

150g self-raising flour
150g salted butter
50g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons or any chocolate pieces (optional)
Cling-film or plastic wrap.

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Add flour, sugar and butter (plus vanilla) to food processor or mixer and pulse until mixture is like wet sand.
  3. Lay out a large piece of cling-film on the counter and pour the mixture onto it.
  4. Using the cling-film to help keep the mixture together, press and roll, until you have a long, solid roll of dough, wrapped in plastic.
  5. Store in refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Slice dough into ¼” or ½” rounds and put onto a well-greased or sheet-lined baking tray.
  7. Cook for approx 15 mins. Note: timing depends on how thickly you cut the rounds.
  8. When cooked, use a spatula to slide onto a wire rack. Note: the cookies will be very soft when warm, so if they’re too fragile, it’s okay to let them cool on the tray for a few minutes to let them harden a little.
  9. (Optional) While cookies are cooling, add chocolate button to the centre of each cookie.

Note: If you don’t use metric measures, keep the flour, butter and sugar in the ratio of 3:3:1 (eg 6oz, 6oz, 2oz)

[Note: This recipe first appeared as part of Tawny Weber‘s Cookies & Kisses Blog Hop.

Cookies & Kisses Blog Hop – Sweet Treats!

CK hop

*Winner Alert*  The winner is Brenda Rumsey! Congratulations, Brenda – please send me your snail mail details and I’ll get your prize out to you!

Since it’s the holiday season, if Annette Tomnitz, Helen Sibbritt and Elizabeth Frank would like an exclusive Anna Sugden keyring, please get me your snail mail details and I will pop one in the post to you!

Cookies & Kisses – perfect for the festive season! It’s the one time of year we can indulge in both.

I’m delighted, this year, to be taking part in dear friend and fabulous Blaze author, Tawny Weber‘s Cookies & Kisses Blog Hop. There are lots of prizes to be won from lots of great authors. And everyone is a winner because you can download a copy of the wonderful Cookies & Kisses Recipe Book for FREE here!

For my part, I included an easy, but yummy recipe called Sweet Treats Shortbread. It’s called Sweet Treats, because that’s the name of the personalised cookie business that Lizzie Martin runs in my holiday short, A Perfect Party.

Tiny Treats AuthorsA Perfect Party, a micro-romance about Lizzie and her special Ice Cat, Taylor ‘Mad Dog’ Madden is available in Tiny Treats: A Holiday Collection. This is a wonderful assortment of over two dozen bite-sized holiday romances by award-winning and best-selling authors – ideal for the busy holiday season, when you want to indulge in a quick romantic read in between all the rushing around! Best of all, Tiny Treats is FREE on Amazon. To get your copy, just click on the cover to the right, which take you straight to the Amazon page.

A Perfect Catch CoverI promised prizes – today only, I am offering a signed, advance copy of A Perfect Catch (not available in Feb 2015) and an exclusive NJ Ice Cats Notebook to one lucky commenter who answers the question on my Facebook Author page. That’s not all! If we get up to 500 likes on my Author Page, I will have a second drawing for a signed copy of A Perfect Catch!

So, what are you waiting for? Get hopping!

Recipe for Jenny’s Eton Mess

A Perfect Trade finalWhat’s better on a lovely summer’s evening than a decadent dessert that includes chocolate-covered strawberries and takes a couple of minutes to make?! In A Perfect Trade, Jenny makes her signature dessert — her special version of an English dessert called Eton Mess (which she picked up from reading her beloved, imported celebrity magazines!).

Several readers have asked if I’ll post the recipe for Jenny’s Eton Mess, so here it is!

NB: If you don’t have chocolate-covered strawberries, you can use fresh strawberries and add broken up pieces of chocolate or chocolate sauce to the mix.

1lb of fresh, chocolate-covered or chocolate-dipped strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters

1 pint of double cream

2 large or 4 small meringues, broken

1 tbsp grated chocolate.

To Make:

Get a large glass bowl or serving dish. Drop in the cut chocolate-covered strawberries and broken meringue and mix.

Pour over double cream and mix again.

Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top.

Serve and enjoy!

[Note: This recipe also appeared on www.romancecooks.com]

Maggie’s Recipe for Bendy Eggs

APD coverIn A Perfect Distraction, Maggie doesn’t like to cook, but she makes Bendy Eggs as a special breakfast treat for her daughter, Emily. Naturally, Maggie ends up making it for Jake too. 🙂

I’ve been asked by a number of readers if I would provide the recipe for Bendy Eggs, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Bendy Eggs are actually a poor man’s version of Eggs Benedict (my favourite!) which doesn’t require making Hollandaise sauce. Who can be bothered with that when you’re hungry for breakfast? This is much simpler and delicious too!

2 eggs

4 strips of bacon

1 English muffin

Cream cheese

1. Toast the English muffin and spread a generous helping of cream cheese on each half.

2. Cook the bacon strips and lay two on each half.

3. Fry or poach the eggs, then place on top of the bacon on each half

4. Voila – Bendy Eggs!

[Note: this recipe also appeared on www.romancecooks.com]