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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 

This is a teaser from Kiss Me Deadly, which releases Oct 1st


Things were quiet now, so Henri must be done. Jude returned to the bedroom and opened the door. “Finished?”

Oui. Please, come in.” Henri gently ran his hand through an unconscious Ryan’s hair. “He’s such a lovely one. Thank you for letting me have him. You didn’t have to.”

“No, I didn’t,” Jude said, sitting on the edge of the rumpled bed. “But truthfully, the hunt was winding down, and I was losing interest.”

“Still?”

“Yes. Once the hunt’s over, I’m over, it seems.”

“Are you well, my friend?”

Jude’s laugh was harsh. “Who knows? It’s not as if I can ask another of our kind. After all, I am the first vampire. Unfortunately, there are only two who could possibly answer my questions, and I’d just as soon not see them. The last time the three of us were together—well, let’s just say things ended badly for me.”

Jesus and Lucifer.

Good and evil.

Heaven and Hell.

And the damned soul of Judas caught in the middle.

Fuck both of them.





Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday book recommendation

 


These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary.


This week is: The Enchanter's Flame: The Ellwood Chronicles I by Michele Notaro 

 

Blurb:

Strange things are happening all around Brinnswick. Things that remind me of a piece of my past I’d rather forget. Girls are being killed, drained of blood, and left with strange markings on their bodies. When I finally connect the cases together, a specialist is called in—though, what he’s a specialist of is beyond me.

When the chief assigns him as my new partner for the case, I can’t help but groan on the inside. Why of all people would I be assigned to Ailin Ellwood? The man is a disaster waiting to happen and a jerk to boot. A sexy jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.

What will Sebastian think when he discovers Ailin’s specialty? Will he make a run for it or will he stick around and discover a world of magic hidden beneath the city’s surface?

 


***The Enchanter’s Flame is the first book in the Ellwood Chronicles. It’s a paranormal romance that contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 and over.***  

 

Recommended Reading Order:

The Enchanter's Flame

The Witch's Seal

The Enchanter's Soul

The Witch's Blood

The Enchanter's Heart

The Enchanter's New Kids (a short novel)

 

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GMWTW2B


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 


This is a teaser from Kiss Me Deadly. Release date is Oct 1st

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08HHG5CTM



“Mmm, listening to them begging to be fucked—and then later begging to live—is delightful.” ~Jude

 

JUDE, AS he was now known, surveyed the dance crowd. It was Friday night, and the place was packed with eager humans. He sniffed discreetly. Ah, and not just humans. There were more than a few others here too: shifters of various kinds, a demon, and what he called gifted humans—those who could control things with their minds or start fires with just a thought. He took another deep breath. And a few witches. Interesting.

He ran a hand down his chest, drawing attention. Many interested glances returned his perusal. Several more gave him a wide berth. He smirked, well aware of the picture he presented. His perfectly styled dark hair tempted fingers to mess it up, and his chocolate brown eyes promised dark delights. The two traits certainly helped lure his prey.

Jude shivered at the lust and fear directed toward him. The frightened pleading as he drained humans of their life had always excited him, but his methods had changed over the many centuries.




Monday, September 14, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

 Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.




Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 

This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. The book is now done and off to the editor!


“Mark!”

They’d given those fuckers what they wanted, and they still killed them in cold blood. And now he couldn’t say his final goodbyes? Help Michael? Mourn with his own damn brother?

There was a scramble of feet and cussing, but he didn’t care. His head spun with the need to destroy, to rip and tear. It was the only thing that matter. Blood. A need rose in him. Yes, he wanted blood.

The burning anger whispered to him, insisting he destroy the ones who did this, that the ones who killed his mom and dad must pay. He’d rip their guts out, tie them around their throats, and use it to choke the life out of those assholes. He would… he would….

The reflection of something tall and furry caught his attention. Snarling, he whipped around and peered across the hall into a bedroom where a full-length mirror stood. A wolf-like monstrosity, humanoid in shape, stood upright on two powerful legs. Unable to help himself, he moved toward the mirror.

The creature easily stood eight foot tall but slouched slightly. A fluffy tail whipped behind it. He studied the absolute lack of human-like features in the facial structure: the defined muzzle with razor sharp teeth, the wolf-like ears that stood upright on the skull, the bright yellow eyes that dominated the face.

Me. That’s me.

Lifting his arm, he studied his paw-hands that had long, deadly nails and an opposable thumb. His heart raced as his human side retreated in horror while the predator woke fully.

One breath in.  

Kill.

One breath out.

Kill them.

One breath in.

KILL THEM!

Blackness threatened to descend.

“I can hear your thoughts clearly, and you’ll have your revenge, I promise you that.” Nonchalantly Hunter leaned against the doorframe. “But for now, I need you to not let the predator take over. Find your human side—the side that’s capable of love. Of happiness. The side that isn’t bloodthirsty and feral. It’s there. Look into your heart, Mark, and find your humanity.”

Mark searched for that part of him, the part he knew so well. This side of him still wanted blood to flow, and he kinda did too, but… but his mate had asked him to not lose himself to the predator. This side of him might thirst for blood, but Mark wanted justice—in whatever form that was for werewolves. Not bloodshed.

Mark shuddered as he turned away from his reflection. Monster.

Hunter tilted his head. “Beautiful.”

Hideous.

Hunter pushed off the doorframe and strolled to Mark. Calmly he grasped Mark’s massive muzzle, and he definitely had to reach since Mark towered over him. Hunter’s eyes blazed yellow too as he stared at Mark. “Breathtakingly beautiful.”




Monday, September 7, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.





Friday, September 4, 2020

Finicky Friday - Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs

 



INGREDIENTS

6 medium russet potatoes (about 2 lb.), peeled, cut into 1" pieces

2 Tbsp. plus ½ tsp. kosher salt

3 large eggs

4 slices bacon

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

2 Tbsp. dill relish

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

½ cup halved pitted black olives from a can





RECIPE PREPARATION

Place potatoes in a large pot and pour in cold water to cover by 2". Add 2 Tbsp. salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, then let cool slightly (the potatoes should be warm when you dress them, which will help them soak up the dressing).

Meanwhile, cook eggs in a large saucepan of boiling water 8 minutes (whites and yolks will be set). Drain; transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Drain, peel, and quarter eggs.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning halfway through, until brown and crisp, 8–10 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain and let cool slightly. Tear into 1" pieces. Reserve 2 Tbsp. bacon fat in pan.

Whisk mayonnaise, sour cream, relish, mustard, garlic powder, pepper, and remaining ½ tsp. salt in a large bowl. Add potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, olives, half of bacon, and reserved bacon fat and fold gently until combined and completely coated. Transfer salad to a platter and top with remaining bacon.


Link:https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/potato-and-egg-salad-with-cherry-tomatoes-and-olives



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday book recommendation

 


These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary.

 

This week is: How to Shield an Assassin (Unholy Trifecta Book 1) by AJ Sherwood 

 

Blurb:

It’s not stealing if you’re stealing it back….

Ari had a game plan for life. Shoot people. Get money. Hang out with fellow criminal friends. He saw absolutely no reason to change that plan until one dark night in Memphis, when a little girl reached out to him with pocket change and a desperate plea for him to help her.

Adopting an abused little girl off the streets was, needless to say, not part of the plan. Ari had no idea what he was doing with an eight year old. He especially didn’t know how to juggle taking contracts and raising a little girl.

Things get more complicated when the mercenary, Carter Harrison, approaches him with a job. He needs Ari’s expertise to get into the very high-security museum, Knowles, and steal back Monet’s Water Lily Pond. The job isn’t an easy one. He’d need more than the two of them to make it happen. It’s further complicated because Ari’s not sure what to do with his new daughter while working this job.

And for that matter, how’s he supposed to handle the sexy mercenary?

 

Tags:

Not child safe but child approved, children know best, Remi approves this book, idiots in love, but Remi loves them anyway, criminals make the best uncles, family of choice, Ari acknowledges Remi as the smarter one, Carter admits his own insanity, nothing blows up, Ivan is very disappointed by this, Kyou has PLANS for Remi, licking solves all problems, bedsheets, lifeskills, children should come with warning labels, it’s not stealing if you’re stealing it BACK, right?, the author once again regrets nothing

 

 

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Z4263WC


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 


This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. 


THE NUMEROUS odors were overwhelming, but that damn woodsy scent with a hint of pine stood out. He inhaled deeply. He’d noticed it before but hadn’t known then what it was.

Comfort.

Home.

Pack.

Mate!

The words streamed through his mind, and there was a rightness to them. They made absolute sense. It all made sense, especially that last one. He now knew what the enticing scent was—it was the wolf who was his, who belonged to only him. Silly human worries about how that came to be faded from his mind. He wanted to properly greet his mate, and then go exploring.

Struggling up, he lurched around the room. He hit the dresser and snarled. Getting used to four paws instead of two legs was a trip. Out of the corner of his eye, something furry caught his attention, and he twisted around to see what it was. It wagged at him. He yipped at it. It wagged again, almost as if taunting him. Huh. Couldn’t have that. Maybe he should try and catch it!

Round and round he went, chasing that thing that was apparently attached to the back end of him. Dizzy, he staggered against the ruined bed, caught the sheet with his claws, and down he went. Hind leg kicking, he snarled at the offending object.



Monday, August 31, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

 Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday book recommendation

These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary.


  

This week is: Ancient Bond (Masters and Servants Book 1) by Dora Esquivel (**This is a cliffhanger, but book#2 is out (I haven’t read it yet). It’s also dark and twisted**)

 


Blurb:

There are moments where life beats you to your knees to show you there are nowhere else to go but up.

For five hundred years, a demon enslaved Lucien, and now not only his family but his pack were butchered down to the last. It took a millennium for Lucien to grow as alpha and become an incubus. But his powers have yet to develop to their full extent.

To claim his place as a leader, a Supreme Alpha, Lucien must first find a mate and free himself from the grip of the Vampire Master, Sargon. Through his entire journey, Lucien feeds a desire to avenge his family and mother to bring his wrath upon his uncle's house.

In a world where his blood is unpure, where hybrids are vermin, Lucien must rise and protect what he has left. Secret agenda or political purposes have nothing against Lucien's will to avenge what is rightfully his.

Lucien has nowhere else to go, and no more excuses, the wildness he tamed unleashes, and his desire for vengeance has him stop at nothing.

Welcome to Lucien's life.

 

 

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DSPYCHY 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 


This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. 


Mark’s muscles clenched and released as he spasmed. Gasping for breath, Mark clutched his chest. His claws ranked his skin, drawing blood. He tried to cry out, and Hunter saw Mark’s fangs were still there. Blood mixed with saliva dripped down his mouth where he’d cut his tongue with them.

“Mark? Mark!” Panicking, Hunter tried to push Mark back on the bed. The stiffness of Mark’s chest muscles shocked him. How the hell could he breathe?

While they tussled, Mark’s gaze locked onto Hunter, but there was no sign of human awareness in his eyes. Just pain and anger, a deadly combination. A cornered animal was a dangerous animal.

Mark’s face had a bluish tint to it, and he was making gurgling sounds. Was Mark strangling on his own spit? Hunter had no idea. Before he could decide what to do, Mark lunged up and slammed both hands into Hunter’s chest.

Hunter flew off the bed and hit the wall. The sheetrock crumbled around him as he slid down. Finally Mark dragged in air… and howled again. Hunter cringed at the sound. There was no doubt that was an Alpha howl.

Hunter struggled to his feet and launched himself at the bed again. Somehow he had to calm Mark down, but damned if he knew how. Just as he grabbed Mark, Mark turned toward him, snarling. His mouth pooched out and formed a muzzle. But just as quick, it morphed back to normal.

Mark shrieked.

A paw, not a fucking hand, whizzed past. Hunter barely managed to get out of the way. Holy shit, Mark almost slit his throat. As he watched, the paw turned back into a hand.

“Holy hell,” Hunter breathed as Mark twisted and shuddered, various body parts transforming into a wolf then back to human. The transformations were becoming more intense and rapid.

Hunter had never witnessed something like this. Ever. A bitten wolf never shifted before the end of the three day time period. 



Monday, August 24, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 
This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. 


“No one asked me if I wanted to be your mate!”

Okay, that hurt. But Mark was born human and didn’t understand the significance of a mate bond. “It’s fated!”

“You had the choice to bite me. You had the choice to take me as a mate. What about my choice? Did I get a choice in any of this?” Mark yelled.

Hunter eyes widened when he saw the fangs in Mark’s mouth.

What fucking choice did I have in any of this!” Mark growled, his claws ripping through the sheet. He looked down, surprise crossing his face. “Oh my God, what the hell? Hunter? I….” Mark pressed his hand to his stomach. “There’s something wrong. I feel weird.” Mark glanced back at Hunter.

The fear in Mark’s eyes scared Hunter to his soul.

“I… I….” Anguish twisted Mark’s features, then he threw his head back and howled. A full throated, loud as hell, howl.

Hunter’s heart damn near stopped. Mark howled. Fucking howled, which he absolutely shouldn’t be able to do right now anyway, but even more shocking? That was an Alpha howl.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

 Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Friday, August 14, 2020

Finicky Friday - Pineapple Chicken Tenders

 

Ingredients

yields 10 servings

1 cup pineapple juice 

½ cup packed brown sugar 

⅓ cup light soy sauce 

2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins or stripe 

10 skewers


Directions

 Step 1

In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Remove from heat just before the mixture comes to a boil.

 Step 2

Place chicken tenders in a medium bowl. Cover with the pineapple marinade, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

 Step 3

Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread chicken lengthwise onto wooden skewers.

 Step 4

Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken tenders 5 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. They cook quickly, so watch them closely.


(I use my George Foreman grill, so I don't need the skewers. If you do it like this, you should still spray the grates so it doesn't stick.)


Link: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/14526/pineapple-chicken-tenders/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringId=22607&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub&clickId=cardslot%2027

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thursday book recommendation

 

These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary. 


This week is: Prowl (Jacqui the Cat Mysteries Book 1) by Alexis Duran

 

Blurb:

Jacqui Corleone is a fashion designer, a yoga-instructor and a concerned citizen who selflessly helps the police solve crimes. Oh, and he occasionally turns into a small wild cat. Probably due to a wizard's curse or an evil government plot to create super warriors.

Or, he's a cat cursed to turn into a human and only the bite of a sexy alpha lion will allow him to remain in his superior form of Cat.

Jacqui does not have a split personality, but sometimes his cat personality can get rather loud.

Jacqui Corleone is a cat shifter who doesn't know why or how he turns into a cat. He lives a solitary life in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He's not afraid of intimacy (yes, he is) but sensibly refrains from potentially awkward entanglements. Unfortunately, the sexy new deputy sheriff just moved in across the street and Jacqui's vow not to get mixed up with island dudes is sorely challenged.

When the mysterious disappearance of three blue pots draws Jacqui to investigate, he prowls ever deeper into danger--and into the arms of Deputy Wyatt West (he wishes).

 

 Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D6WPX5G 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tuesday Teaser

 


This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. 


Hunter knelt next to Mark. “What? What’s wrong?”

Water from the jets drenched Hunter, making him even more sexy, if such a thing was possible. Talk about a wet dream, in more ways than one. “You’re built like a brick shithouse.”

Hunter sputtered. “What?”

Oh, fuck him running, did he actually blurt that out? From the shocked—and pleased—look on Hunter’s face, he had.

“Mark?”

“Sorry. Sorry. I saw the wound and kind of freaked. I, um, wow.” Son of a bitch, he wanted to climb Hunter. Mark was hard, and there was no hiding it. “You, ah, you must live in a gym full fucking time.” Stop talking! “Did you know that you’re uncut?” Why am I still talking? “I love an uncut dick. Best thing ever.” Kill me now.

Hunter’s alarm fled, and a grin spilled forth. “I do know that I’m uncut, actually. Like what you see, huh?”

Don’t answer. Don’t answer. Don’t answer. “Yes.”

Fuck.

“I’m going to kiss you. Okay?”

Say no. Say no! “Yes.”

Fuuuuuck.



Monday, August 10, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Friday, August 7, 2020

Finicky Friday - Fruit on a Stick



Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
12 fresh strawberries, halved
24 cubes cantaloupe
3 medium kiwifruit, peeled and cut into eighths




Directions
Mix cream cheese, marshmallow creme and milk until smooth. Thread fruit on wooden skewers. Serve with dip.


Nutrition Facts
1 skewer with 2 tablespoons dip: 149 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g

Link: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/fruit-on-a-stick/

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday Book Recommendation



These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary.





Blurb:
My standard issued lab badge reads 'Simon' but it really should say 'unexciting nerd with no social life'

Don’t get me wrong -- I love what I do with a passion, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else.
Especially romance.

While chipping away at my work, I’m suddenly the person between hired cartel muscle and the fossil that will define my career.

Which isn’t the most insane part of the story.

My savior is a chaotic, bat-wielding punk with a bubble gum pink mohawk and a killer smile.

In a mad dash to escape the thieves, my knight in studded armor sweeps me across the country while hitting every tourist trap along the way.

While smuggling a fossil, might I add.

Oh, and did I mention this pink punk can shift into a dinosaur?



(This is not dino porn. Dude is actually a shifter lol. It’s a really cute book!)




Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday Teaser


This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. 



“There was no way you could’ve known I was awake. Hell, I didn’t even move when I first opened my eyes.”
Hunter let out a long breath. “Your heart rate changed, so yes, I did know you were awake. Werewolves have excellent hearing and sight, plus our sense of smell is ridiculously strong too. That one can be a bit of a pain in the ass, though. I’m sure you’ve noticed your vision is better. You’ve already mentioned you’re hearing things a human can’t. The sense of smell will be next, if it isn’t already improving.”
Mark dropped the spoon, and it clattered against the bowl.
“You’ve noticed things, huh?”
“That… that just isn’t possible.”
“I know this is hard to believe, but you have got to stop denying what is right in front of your face. Yes, it is possible,” Hunter said. “Werewolves exist. I exist. I bit you, and now you are going to be a werewolf. I can’t know how scary this must be since I’m a born werewolf, but you’re still the same person, Mark. You’re just a bit more than you were before, that’s all.”


Monday, August 3, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday book recommendation



These are books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some contemporary.





Blurb:
It was my lunch break, so why did I have to pullover the jerk speeding down the street in an Aston Martin? If ever there was a time to look the other way, that was the moment, but ignoring crime in progress isn't my thing. My name is Brian Cordero, I’m a cop with the Alandale Police Force and I had no idea just how much my life was going to change the instant my fingers brushed Raphael Ledeo's.

​Now, I've been turned from human to demon, and that is just the beginning of this heap of trouble I've gotten myself into. Turns out, there are eight gates to hell, and one of them--the worst one--is open and a secret demon-hunting organization wants my help to close it. I'm in way over my head and It doesn't help that the demon inside of me lusts for the demon inside of Raphael, a man I'd rather steer way clear of, because I swear, I’m not into men… right? God, will I be able to resist the temptation and get used to my new demon life?  I just don't know.


Warning:  Reader Advisory: 18 and older. Content may be sensitive to some readers, discretion is advised.

(As per the author: this serial is highly erotic, violent, dark, and twisted. Prepare yourself.)


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tuesday Teaser



This is a teaser from Day's Light, book #2 in the Mystic Bay series. I'm a little over halfway through on it!


“Okay, so, I haven’t had a lot of time to go deep on your mate, but what I’ve found so far is all good. He’s the son of Judy and Gerald James, now deceased.”
“Speaking of, what’s going on with that?”
“The humans are investigating, but you know as well as I do they’ll never find who shot them. I don’t know if they’ve identified the parents yet, but it shouldn’t be much longer.”
“They haven’t?”
“No, those assholes took their wallets. I guess it was a miracle they dropped Mark’s, or we’d be in the same position. Mark has one brother, named Michael James. He’s a year younger. They lived in a suburb on the outskirts of New York City and appeared to be solid middle-class.”
“Any priors?” Hunter dumped the dressing on his salad and dug in.
“Nothing so far. There’s a couple of speeding tickets spread out through the family, but that’s it. I haven’t really had a chance to dig into the financials, but what I’ve seen says they lived within their means.”
Hunter bit into one of the rolls that came with his meal. Sissy really did have the best rolls in town. “Good.”
“On the surface they look like your average American family, and I really think they are.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pucker Up Monday

Welcome to Pucker Up Monday. It's not what you think, lol. Since Mondays do tend to suck, I though I'd try to start the week off right for y'all.



Friday, July 24, 2020

Finicky Friday - Strawberry Breakfast Cake


Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Yield: 9
Course: Breakfast
Author: Tricia


Ingredients
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream (8-ounces)
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (113g or 8T)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup quartered strawberries, plus ½ cup halved strawberries for top
2 teaspoons coarse sugar for garnish




Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9x9-inch pan with vegetable cooking spray, then line with a piece of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups of the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and ¾ cup of granulated sugar. Make a well in the center and set aside.

In a small bowl combine 1 cup of the chopped, quartered strawberries with the remaining ¼ cup of flour. Toss to coat.

In a separate small mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, melted cooled butter, vanilla and the lightly beaten eggs. Fold together with a rubber spatula until blended. Add the sour cream mixture to the flour and sugar. 

Fold together until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in the 1-cup of chopped strawberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. 

Allow the cake batter to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking.

Scatter the remaining ½ cup of sliced strawberries on top of the cake batter, then sprinkle with coarse or granulated sugar. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with no wet batter. The top should be light golden brown.

Cool slightly before serving either warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator

* * * * * 

The cake batter is nice and thick to hold up all the juicy fruit but it’s not dense or dry once baked. Toss the chopped strawberries in a portion of the flour to help them stay in place in the batter.

Feel free to bake this cake in a round cake pan, square or spring-form pan.

Watch the baking time if using a dark colored or glass baker. If you want to dress it up a bit, add a dollop of sweet whipped cream and sliced berries on top. That would be a nice play on strawberry shortcake, yum!

You can add a little sprinkle of coarse sugar on top for a nice sweet crust. Refrigerate leftovers if you have any and enjoy!


Link: https://www.savingdessert.com/strawberry-breakfast-cake/