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, Nancy Lee Badger, and her recipe for Chocolate-chip Scottish Shortbread along with an introduction to her Scottish time travel, My Lady Highlander (Book #1 Kilted Athletes Through Time Series). Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for shortbread as you read about her new book!
Chocolate-chip Scottish Shortbread
In all my Scottish time travel books (four released, so far) I mention Scottish shortbread. I have taken the simple ingredients for this ‘non-rising’ cookie dough, which gives ‘shortbread’ its name, by adding chocolate chips. Feel free to make NAKED bars…just leave out the chips. I have also included choices for making two thicknesses.
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Divide dough in half. Press into two 8 inch round cake pans, or 9 inch spring form pans, or Scottish shortbread forms… whatever is on hand! Bake about 18 minutes, checking that the edges are golden and the middle looks fairly solid. This makes 16 thick, soft wedges,
Divide dough into four pans (as described above). Bake about 12 minutes, checking that the edges are golden, and middle looks fairly solid. This makes 32 more traditional thinner wedges. Break into wedges across score lines.
For either choice:
Do not over cook! Score each shortbread round into 8 wedges, without cutting all the way through. Leave in pans and cool pans on rack about 10 minutes. Invert onto racks (place rack above pan and flip onto rack. Cool completely. Break into wedges across score lines.
Isobel MacHamish escaped a betrothal in ancient Scotland. She rebuilt her life in present-day New England, yet something-or someone-is missing. Arson, thievery, a stalker, and a handsome caber-tossing athlete turn her world upside down.
Bryce Buchanan saves a pretty woman-twice. Sent back to ancient Scotland-again-he is trapped between the skittish woman, and a man pressuring her into marriage. Battles, swords, a Scottish brownie, and a power-hungry laird make ‘Bull’ want to head home to New England.
To escape her former lover, and his murderous, father, Izzy finds her inner warrior. And, when the handsome athlete shows her what falling in love can bring, she is torn, because keeping her hands to herself, is one battle she will never win.
I wish I had a gun.
Swordplay was not Bull’s forte. He’d been threatened with too many blades to find them necessary, but this was all he had. It did feel good to know no one else owned a gun.
“Bull…ye in here?”
“Izzy? What part of stay put don’t you understand?” Bull grabbed her hand that she’d waved at him from the doorway and pulled her into a dark corner.
“I doona’ answer to ye. ‘Tis my future we be dealing with,” she whispered.
He stifled his retort. Staying quiet until he made sure the cottage was empty meant he would keep them both alive for a few minutes longer. Squinting at shapes in the farthest corner, he finally relaxed.
“We’re alone,” he said.
Izzy nestled against him and her touch filled him with anguish. Leaving her behind was looking more and more like a possibility. Her home appeared in good shape. She had no reason not to resume her life, care for her animals, and forget all about him.
The high-pitched voice echoed through the small building. Izzy jumped, and Bull raised his sword. He advanced toward the intruder while shoving Izzy between him and the wall. “Show yourself!”
A bright light blinded him. His only thought was to wave his sword in front of him while retreating outside. If the intruder’s reinforcements waited outside the cottage, they’d deal with that later.
“Stay,” said the voice, “I insist.”
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Nancy Lee Badgerloves chocolate-chip shortbread and wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander. Her stories tempt you with the clang of broadswords, the sound of bagpipes in the air, and possibly a dragon or two. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, she moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers.
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Nancy is giving away a ‘Taste of Scotland’ prize package to one lucky person. It includes:
Walker Shortbread Scottie Dogs
Autographed My Lady Highlander by Nancy Lee Badger
Autographed The Chieftain by Margaret Mallory
Autographed At the Highlander’s Mercy by Terri Brisbin
Enter contest HERE
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