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, Ella Quinn, and her recipe for Torta Caprese along with an introduction to her regency romance, Desiring Lady Caro. Please join me in welcoming Ella and savor her recipe for Torta Caprese as you read about her new book!
My heroine, Lady Caro, is a chocoholic. In order to court her, Lord Huntley finds as many chocolate treats for her as he can. This is a chocolate torte from what is now Northern Italy. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
200g (7 Ounces) Dark Chocolate
4 Large Eggs, Separated
250g (1 1/4 Cups) Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
250g (1 1/4 Cups) Ground Almonds
200g (7 Ounces) Butter, Melted & Cooled
Topping: Powdered Sugar or Cocoa Powder
or Sweetened Whip Cream & Lightly Toasted Almond Slices
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. and lightly grease a 9 inch spring form pan. In a food processor, process the chocolate until fine. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract until pale and thick. Fold the chocolate, butter and almonds into the egg yolk mixture. Use a clean bowl to beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold these into the chocolate almond mixture. Pour the batter into your prepared pan, and bake for about 50 minutes or until set. Cool 20 minutes, then remove from the tin. Allow to cool to room temperature, then dust the top with powdered sugar or cocoa.
Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis…
Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear—and embrace what they can no longer deny…
What was it about Huntley that disturbed her so? Though she’d been tempted, she’d never allowed herself to be intentionally rude to a gentleman before. What was worse, he was Horatia’s nephew, and he’d be living with them. She gave herself a little shake. She would treat him like a brother. That would dampen any interest he might have in her.
“My lady, sit still,” her dresser said. Nugent had been Caro’s nursery maid and, before her come out, had trained as a lady’s maid, though that didn’t stop Nugent from chastising Caro as if she were still a child. “What’s got you so fidgety?”
She was tempted to raise her chin, but that would only earn her another rebuke. “I am not fidgety.”
Nugent twisted Caro’s hair into a top-knot. “I hear Lord Huntley is a handsome young man.”
“It doesn’t matter if he is.” Caro resisted huffing. “I’m not interested.”
“Harrumph. Time you started.”
A thought occurred to her, and she narrowed her eyes. “My mother hasn’t written to you, has she?”
“No, my lady.” Nugent concentrated on her work. “What business would her ladyship have writing me?”
“Well,” she mumbled, “someone did.”
“Did you say something, my lady?”
Nugent nodded, and Caro thought she heard her maid say, “Good.”
She should let the whole topic drop. “I do not understand why you are suddenly so interested in men.”
“I’m not, but you should be.”
“Good heavens, why?” Before her maid could answer, the tines of a hair comb scraped her scalp. “Ow, that hurt.”
“I told you to stay still.”
Caro took a breath. She was going to end this conversation once and for all. “I’m perfectly happy as I am.”
Why did she have to have a dresser who had been with her since the nursery? “What makes you say that?”
“You deserve the life you were born to lead,” Nugent said in an uncompromising tone.
Caro ground her teeth. “You know very well all chances of that ended years ago.”
“The right gentleman wouldn’t think so.”
She took the strand of pearls from her dresser, wrapping them around her neck twice and allowing one loop to hang down, then added the matching earbobs. “I’m not talking about this any more.”
Amazon and Barnes & Nobel bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington.
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