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PrintHello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Elizabeth Cole, and her recipe for Perfectly Proper Scones along with an introduction to her regency romance, A Heartless Design. Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth and savor her recipe for scones as you read about her new book!

Cordelia, the heroine of A HEARTLESS DESIGN, is an outwardly proper lady living in Regency England in 1806, all the while keeping her career a closely-guarded secret. Of course, she enjoys perfectly proper afternoon tea with her friends and family…all while subtly getting gossip on the mysterious man who kissed her in a garden one night!  Bake these Perfectly Proper Scones to get a taste of Cordelia’s life.

Perfectly Proper Scones

(makes 8 scones)


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar, plus a teaspoon for sprinkling

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (one stick) cold unsalted butter

1/2 cup dried currants (or dried cranberries or cherries!)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 large egg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut up the butter into small pieces and work into flour mixture with your fingers (mixture should resemble wet sand). Stir in currants.

In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and egg until blended.

Using a fork, stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (Warning: this will get sticky!)

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into about an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 parts (like you would cut a pizza). Place scones on a baking sheet sheet (lightly greased or lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until tops are just golden, about 20 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature. Scones are fantastic with butter, jam, or clotted cream if you can get it.


An enigmatic woman, a determined spy, and a design that could shake the foundations of Europe…

“Heartless” Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives. Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes. But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life. Besides, she hasn’t met a man worth considering, until…

Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of the Crown. One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent. He won’t let anything distract him. But is Cordelia a distraction, or the key to the mystery? As he learns more about the “heartless” woman, he becomes embroiled in secrets, plots, and a design that could change the future…and Cordelia is at the center of it all.

A Heartless Design is the first book in the Secrets of the Zodiac, a series that blends the sensibilities of modern romantic suspense with the rich background of the Regency period.

Buy the Book:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F281DM4/

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-heartless-design-elizabeth-cole/1116870633

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-heartless-design

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-aheartlessdesign-1291170-160.html

Meet Elizabeth:Elizabeth Cole pic

Elizabeth Cole is a romance author with a penchant for history, which is why she lives in an old house in an old city. She can be found hanging around libraries and archives, or curled in a corner reading, cat on lap. She believes in love at first sight. Then again, she also believes that mac ‘n’ cheese is a healthy breakfast, so don’t trust her judgment on everything.

Find Elizabeth:

Elizabeth loves hearing from readers. Connect with her at about.me/elizabethco, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethColeWrites), or Twitter at @coleheartedgirl.

Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!