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Elizabeth Cole Oct coverHello 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 Tiny Lemon Tarts along with an introduction to her historical romance, A Shameless Angel. Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth and savor her recipe for Tiny Lemon Tarts as you read about her new book!

I write historical romances set in the regency period, including my Secrets of the Zodiac series. (Click here to see the recipe inspired by the first book: https://romancerecipes.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/elizabeth-coleperfectly-proper-scones/)

In A Shameless Angel, my food-loving heroine Sarah is not known to pass up a sweet. In one scene, she eats several lemon tarts at a party, just before running into a handsome spy…which may result in a lemony kiss. You’ll have to read it to find out!

Here’s a recipe for lemon tarts you can make yourself. (Kisses not provided.)

Tiny Lemon Tarts


For the pastry:

  • 1 and 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt

For the lemon filling:

  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • zest from 1 lemon, grated
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt


To make the tart pastry:

1 Preheat the oven to 400 F and get out two mini muffin pans.

2 Place the butter, water, oil, sugar and salt in a large saucepan.

3 Heat on the stove until the butter melts and is beginning to brown.

4 Turn of heat, and add the flour to the mix. Stir just until the dough comes together in a lump.

5 Put a small amount of dough into each space of the muffin pan. With your fingers, press the dough against the bottom and up the sides to make a pastry shell. It doesn’t have to be fancy.

6 Prick each little shell with a fork.

7 Bake for about 10 minutes, just so the pastry is golden brown.

8 Pull pans from the oven and allow to cool on racks while you make the filling.

To make the tart filling:

1 Reduce the heat to 300 F.

2 Stir flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and zest. Mix well.

3 In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and the additional egg yolk with the salt.

4 Pour the egg mixture into the lemon and sugar mixture, then whisk everything until well combined.

5 Pour a little filling into each pastry shell (not quite to the top). Carefully slide pans into oven. Don’t spill!

6 Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until the centers are just set.

7 Let cool before serving. You can a sprinkle a bit of sanding sugar over the tarts, or add a bit of whipped cream if you have it. Refrigerate if keeping several hours or overnight.

This recipe makes about 36 tiny lemon tarts. If you’re not feeling like a tart, you can simply make the filling, pour into in a saucepan, and cook it for 10 minutes over medium high heat on the stove. Use it as a spread for bread, scones, or even on top of pancakes or crepes.


A courageous codebreaker, a gentleman with a score to settle, and a past that refuses to stay hidden…

Sarah Brecknell has always had an unusual obsession with numbers. After the unfortunate death of her fiancé, she’s lost her place in society, and her gift has left her alone with a dangerous secret. Sarah must turn to a complete stranger for help–a secret agent in service to the Crown. She has already made one mistake in love. She can’t afford another.

Theodore Markham has plenty of secrets of his own, not least of which his occupation as a spy. Now he is hunting for a traitor. This time is different, though–the rogue was his best friend. The trail goes cold until he meets Sarah, a woman with extraordinary mathematical talents…and an irresistible charm that may be even more dangerous than his adversary.

A Shameless Angel is the third novel in the Secrets of the Zodiac, a series that blends romantic suspense and mystery with the rich background of the Regency period.


Heres an excerpt from A Shameless Angel, the scene in which Sarah reveals her codebreaking secret:

Sarah nodded and pointed to a stack of books on the desk. “These were all gifts from Charlie. I had to start somewhere.”

“He gave you books?”

“They last longer than flowers,” Sarah said defensively. “And I enjoy them considerably more.”

Theo looked through the stack. Titles in German, Latin, and Greek. Many were well-thumbed. Sarah was probably not a dabbler, but a very serious scholar. Theo wondered if she downplayed her dedication because some men were affronted—or intimidated—by it.

“I’m twenty-one,” Sarah said suddenly, as he was still looking through the titles.

He looked up at her, puzzled at the announcement. “What?”

“Last night, you said if an eighteen year old girl could press Charlie…” She paused. “In fact, I am twenty-one. Nearly twenty-two. We were engaged for years, ever since he proposed to me at the end of my first Season.”

Theo was amused at her precision. “I stand corrected.”

“It’s important to tell the truth,” she said.

Theo’s sense of amusement fled. “Indeed.” The truth was the one thing he couldn’t tell her.

They both looked through the books more carefully, but there was nothing hidden inside.

Theo did notice a rather odd inscription on the flyleaf of one book: a series of three numbers, in columns all down the page. “What are these?” he asked, pointing. It looked similar to a few pages in Charlie’s notebooks.

Sarah looked at the inscription. “They refer to Bible verses. That’s all.”

“Chapter and verse only explains the first two numbers.”

“The third is the word of interest in the verse,” she said shortly. She pulled the book from his hands. “It doesn’t have anything to do with anything he left behind. He gave this to me shortly after we became engaged.”

Theo saw how nervous she was, and took the book back. “Are you sure?”

“Of course. Please forget about it.” She moved as if to take it again, but she stopped when Theo made it clear she’d actually have to touch his hands to do it. A lady like Sarah would never be so bold.

“Why not tell me the significance, or do I need to look up all the words myself?”

Sarah looked down, then muttered, “She is my one love, until the end of time.”


“That’s what it says,” she said, her eyes glued to the floor.

He could see a blush spreading over her face. “This is a coded message?”

“Yes. It was just a game we played.”

“Charlie taught you codes,” Theo said.

“No,” she corrected. She looked up at him, gauging his reaction. “I taught him codes.”


A SHAMELESS ANGEL is currently on sale for 99¢, which should last another week so be sure to get your copy today!!

Buy the book:

Amazon: http://amazon.com/dp/B00NO4IAOW

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-shameless-angel/id919555030

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-shameless-angel

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shameless-angel-elizabeth-cole/1120387099?ean=2940150344679

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Elizabeth_Cole_A_Shameless_Angel?id=XKuJBAAAQBAJ


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.


Elizabeth loves hearing from readers!

Website: elizabethcole.co

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethColeWrites

Twitter: @coleheartedgirl

New release updates: http://skysparkbooks.com/newsletter


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