Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Regency Queen Cakes Courtesy of Hazel Statham, Author of "Lizzie's Rake"

Because I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, I’m afraid I rarely do any baking nowadays, but I thought I would share this recipe I recently found with you. I am assured they are delicious.

Regency Queen Cakes
Ingredients
• 450 g self raising flour
• 450 g sugar
• 450 g butter
• 225 g currants
• 110 g almonds, ground
• 6 eggs
• 1-2 tablespoon rose water
• mace
• paper, cases

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 190C/374F/gas mark 5.
2. Sift the flour and mace together.
3. Beat the eggs.
4. Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.
5. Beat the eggs, rose water and melted butter together.
6. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
7. Add the liquid mixture and mix thoroughly.
8. Add the currants, sugar and the ground almonds and mix well.
9. Put a heaped spoon of the cake mixture in to the paper cases, or a well buttered patty or muffin tin.
10. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until well risen, firm and golden brown.

You can ice them if you wish, using a thin mixture applied with a brush, more like a glaze.



If I may, I'd like to share my new Regency Romance release, 'Lizzie's Rake', with you

Here is a brief blurb:

Can a rake reform his ways and truly love? Lizzie's head tells her one thing, her heart another.
Infamous rake and Corinthian, Maxim Beaufort, Earl of St. Ive, finding himself in possession of a property in Yorkshire, is unprepared for the changes it will bring into his life.
Irresistibly drawn to Elizabeth Granger, the former owner’s daughter, he attempts to help the family, finding himself filling the role of benefactor.
When the house is razed to the ground, he arranges for temporary accommodation for Elizabeth and her siblings on his estate and when Elizabeth rejects his proposal of marriage, he is nonetheless determined to win her over.
However, events and his reputation conspire to thwart his efforts and his course is one fraught with dangers.
Trust does not come easily and determined to protect her heart, Elizabeth struggles to resist her own longings. At times, their difficulties appear insurmountable but the earl is widely known as ‘The Indomitable’ and the name was not lightly earned.

A brief excerpt:

“Indeed you have, my dear,” he said earnestly, and she raised her eyes quickly to his face. He moved away as if the look discomfited him and there existed a silence between them, only the stamping of the horses’ hooves as they moved restlessly in the stalls invading the moment.
Suddenly turning and coming to stand before her, St. Ive asked quietly, “Do you still think of me as an intruder, Elizabeth? Am I still not welcome in your home?”
“Maxim…” she began, and would have turned away but immediately his arm detained her, drawing her back to face him. For a long moment his searching gaze devoured her face until, tilting back her chin with his free hand, he bowed his head and kissed her.
As the gentle kiss turned more demanding and he drew her tightly to his chest, he became aware that her soft lips remained frozen beneath his and she held her delicate frame rigid within his embrace. The fear in her eyes cut through him and immediately he released her from his arms.
“Why?” she demanded, the instant she was set free, bewilderment heavy in her voice.
“Why?” he repeated softly, almost as if he spoke to himself, a slight smile on his lips, and after the briefest hesitation he said flippantly, “Because you have rain on your face, my dear.”
“Odious, detestable man,” she cried angrily, running out into the night, not even pausing to take up her lantern.
He stood watching as the dark downpour devoured her.

*****

This is my first release with The Wild Rose Press and is available as both a paperback from
http://www.amazon.com/Lizzies-Rake-Hazel-Statham/dp/1601544650/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240305244&sr=1-3
and e-book http://www.thewildrosepress.com/lizzies-rake-p-1236.html?zenid=479dbc0fc788bfc3ca1602a8436eb24a
and from www.fictionwise.com

It is the first of my books to also be available in the UK and can be ordered from www.amazon.co.uk or by quoting
• ISBN-10: 1601544650
• ISBN-13: 978-1601544650
at your local bookshop.

Please visit my website www.hazel-statham.co.uk for details of my other books

I love to hear from my readers so please do not hesitate to contact me with your comments or questions.

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