Hello 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, Liza O’Connor, and her recipe for Carrie Hanson’s Grandmother’s recipe for Chocolate Turtles along with an introduction to her humorous contemporary romance, Coming to Reason, Book #3 in A Long Road to Love Series. Please join me in welcoming Liza and savor her recipe for Chocolate Turtles as you read about her new book!
Carrie Hanson’s Grandmother’s recipe for Chocolate Turtles
This is your objective:
Be warned this will be a big turtle.
Make sure the caramel flows halfway over the legs and head to prevent wandering body parts.
Then cover the top with melted chocolate.
Now the actual recipe
- A bag of walnuts (shelled)
- A bag of pecans (shelled)
- A bag of brazil nuts (naked)
Buy a big bag of semi-sweet chocolates unless you find rich dark chocolate bar in your pantry and you are fairly certain they don’t belong to the Russian mafia.
You can buy caramel cubes at the store and melt them. But make sure you unwrap them or you’ll make a terrible inedible mess.
If you want to make your own caramel:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter, cut into small cubes
And you will need a food thermometer.
1. Prepare a large pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Construct your turtle’s undercarriage according to the above diagram.
2. Combine the cream and condensed milk in a small saucepan, and place the saucepan on a burner set to the lowest heat setting. You want the milk and cream to be warm, but do not allow it to boil.
3. In a medium-large saucepan combine the corn syrup, water, and granulated sugar over medium-high heat. Stir the candy until the sugar dissolves.
4. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and cook until it reaches 250 degrees.
5. Add the softened butter chunks and the warm milk-cream mixture. The temperature should go down about 30 degrees.
6. Continue to cook the caramel, stirring constantly so that the bottom does not scorch. Cook until the thermometer reads 244, and the caramel is a beautiful dark golden brown.
Upon making or melting your caramel:
7. Remove the caramel from the heat and allow it to cool slightly then generously spoon on your turtle structure. Be sure the caramel covers half the pecan legs and half the brazil nut head.
8. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler (or a microwave) then spoon it on top of the caramel
9. Cool your newly formed turtles in the refrigerator if you can find room. If you leave them out on the counter, they will mysteriously disappear. I’m serious. Everyone will swear they didn’t touch them, but somehow the big guys will wander off.
Disclaimer: Liza makes no promises that if you use bars of fine dark chocolate from an unknown source, Ivan the Russian mafia cook won’t come after you.
This recipe first shows up in Book One of A Long Road to Love, called Worst Week Ever. However, it’s still being discussed in Book Three, Coming To Reason. Carrie has been making this desert all her life with no problems. But that one time she used some bars of chocolate she found in Trent’s well stocked kitchen and the next thing she knew the butler and her systems manager were high as kites and required medical care.
But that was not the recipe’s fault and it wants everyone to stop blaming it for something it had no control over. It didn’t tell Carrie to use Rich Dark Chocolate laced with the narcotic Europa. And the recipe is most upset that two books later, it’s still being taken to task for this debacle. It’s a good recipe. Use it properly and it will serve you well. It’s time we all come to reason and give it a break already!
Carrie has committed to an inter-species engagement with Trent, her billionaire boss. Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare. When he fires her so they can become a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south.
Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss, Dan Marshal, is everything a woman could want. But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her path to reason remains long and arduous.
When her relationship with Trent explodes in a shocking fashion, finally her heart gives up and reason takes over. She realizes a brighter future and a better man has been at her side all this time. But can she overcome the obstacles in her path to secure him? Or is Carrie doomed to never know true love?
Warning: If you loved Carrie and Trent as a couple, this book may break your heart.
What people are saying about A Long Road to Love series:
Liza O’Conner writes books that speak to my soul. Carrie is a character you will not soon forget.
–Rebecca Royce, author of The Warrior series.
I only have one thing to say about Liza O’Connor’s A Long Road to Love series: Read them. They’re funny. You won’t regret it!
—Maria Hammarblad, author of Kidnapped.
“Mars said my story about the Europa turtles had you concerned, and I can understand why. I failed to explain how they came to be. I would never knowingly use narcotics when making turtles and I deeply regret almost killing Mars and Jack.”
She then explained how Trent’s cook had chocolate imported from Russia containing a high concentration of narcotics. “I needed to get my systems guy to come in on a Sunday after his horrible prior day, so I offered to bake him his favorite treat, chocolate caramel turtles.”
She studied Dan but couldn’t tell if she’d calmed his concerns or not. He had an impressive poker face.
“Mars caught me in the kitchen making the turtles and got upset with me. I didn’t know, as a guest, I couldn’t be in the kitchen.”
Dan smiled and nodded.
“I’d already finished making the turtles when he arrived. So he put the drugged turtles in the refrigerator to chill and sent me from the kitchen.
“Later, he gave me a bag of chilled turtles to give to Jack. I wanted to put a few aside for Sam and Trent, but he forbade it. He’d eaten one and claimed it so delicious those two would never eat real food again if they tasted the turtles.”
She grimaced. “At the time, I thought it a great compliment. If only I’d tasted one.… I didn’t suspect a problem until Jack went crazy over his first turtle. Curious why he thought them a whole level better than my prior batches, I took one nibble on the foot of one and it almost knocked me to the ground. First, I called Sam”
The way he said it made her suspect he knew Sam was Trent’s half-brother.
“Anyway, I asked him for help, but he said Mars came first. So I called in Tiny and Tall to get the turtles away from Jack. Poor Jack almost died. And Mars remained in the hospital for two days.”
“What about you?”
“Dr. Lenard tested me, but I didn’t test positive. I guess because I nibble rather than eat. And the turtle’s foot consisted mostly of a pecan.”
Dan rubbed his face.
“Mars says if you call him and state my version, he’ll confirm it. His profession doesn’t allow him to reveal anything. He’s kind of like a priest, a war general, and mother all mixed into one.”
Buy the Books:
A Long Road to Love
Worst Week Ever
“Love this book and couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars – Alves – Amazon
67 reviews: 4.3 stars
Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars – Brian’s Mom – Amazon
8 reviews: 4.8 stars
Coming to Reason
Other Books by Liza O’Connor
Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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