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Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes!  Every Thursday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe!  Two of my favorite things!  This week I am bringing you author, Carrie Ann Ryan, whose paranormal romance, A Taste For A Mate, the second in her Redwood Pack series, was released March 23rd!  Isn’t the title perfect for this blog?  And, to top it off, the heroine, Willow, is a baker and her specialty is cinnamon rolls.  So, of course she was generous enough to share her recipe with us and she included her special ingredient.  Read on to find out what is so special about Willow’s cinnamon rolls…

Willow’s Cinnamon Rolls


1/2 cup boiling water

1 cup milk

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

4 cups bread flour (King Arthur works best)

1 box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix (special ingredient)

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

—In a large mixing bowl, combine the hot water with the cup of (cold) milk to make a warm milk-water mixture. Add the butter, sugar, salt, egg, and a cup of the flour. Stir to mix.

—Without stirring between, add 2 more cups of flour, the vanilla pudding mix, and the dry yeast. Then stir to make a sticky dough. Add more flour as needed (about a cup more, or as much as it takes to make a smooth dough) and stir until too thick to stir.

—Use clean hands to knead dough for 10-15 minutes, until smooth and elastic, incorporating as much of the remaining flour as needed. With buttery hands, grease the top of the dough and cover the bowl of dough with a clean towel. Place in a warm location and let rise until double, about an hour.

—Gently punch down dough and knead for a minute or two, to remove excess air bubbles. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle about 12 inches by 17 inches.

—Combine the first three filling ingredients and mix well.  Heat in microwave 10 seconds to make spreadable. (It’s okay if it’s fairly thick) Spread over rolled dough, covering as much of the surface as possible.

—Starting with the widest end, roll dough into a tight log. Pinch edges to seal. With a thin sharp knife (I use a serrated knife), cut log into 12 equal slices. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 glass baking dish.  Cover with a towel and place in a warm location to rise until nearly double in size, about 30-45 minutes.

—Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes or until light golden brown.

—Can frost with your favorite icing while still warm or serve plain.

Makes 12 large cinnamon rolls.

 A Taste for a Mate Blurb

Jasper Jamenson’s only responsibility to being the Beta of the Redwood Pack, second son of the Alpha, is to protect the Pack from themselves and the human world. After a century of selfless service, his brother’s new found mating forced him into taking a good look into his life. He isn’t sure he wants a mate, but fate may have other ideas.

Willow Delton is a skinny, bakery owner – the type most woman love to hate. Being without family, she finds herself alone to the Greek god with green eyes who saunters into her bakery every morning. Her desire to follow him, to be with him, overrides every rational sense she possessed.

Jasper and Willow are drawn together, despite every nuisance that works against them. But evil beyond even Jasper’s supernatural compensation will make war against him, by going after the only thing in his eternal life he desires – Willow. Is Willow’s heart enough to overcome Jasper’s soul to save her life? A fight he cannot win, but to save her life – he must.


Jasper Jamenson fought himself as he walked into the bakery that morning. This would be the seventh week in a row in which he came here every day but Sunday. And that was only because the damn store was closed. As good as the cinnamon rolls were, and they were little tastes of heaven, it was the woman behind the counter that brought him there every morning.

Following a particularly bad night in the forest on a hunt Jasper was pissed and hungry. Another wolf tried to play a dominant game, forcing Jasper to hurt him. The stench of other’s defeat remained on him, only angering Jasper just that much more. The scent of the morning’s freshly baked goods pulled him through the quaint and welcoming door while the slender goddess who served him brought thoughts of a different form of servicing to mind.

Slightly above average in height, he would guess about five foot seven; she was the perfect height to settle against his body. For someone who owned and operated a bakery she was as skinny as a rail. However, if he looked close enough he could see the telltale signs curves. He knew that just a little bit of his help and pampering she would gain well-needed cushion but no matter what, she would look amazing underneath him. Long, light brown hair was constantly in a bun on the top of her head. His fingers ached to pull out the pins and watch it tumble down her back. Hazel eyes sought him and begged for his protection. Damn, he was willing.

About Carrie Ann:

Carrie Ann Ryan is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha’s Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She love meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

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Find her books here:

An Alpha’s Path

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alphas-Path-Redwood-Pack-ebook/dp/B006GHBSA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326396851&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-alphas-path-carrie-ann-ryan/1107828923

ARe: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-analpha039spath-737818-139.html

A Taste for a Mate

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Mate-Redwood-Pack-ebook/dp/B0073WA12K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328133523&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1108508709?ean=2940014077125&itm=1&usri=a+taste+for+a+mate

ARe: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-atasteforamate-737822-139.html