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 Quick and Rich Scottish Shortbread along with an introduction to her Scottish time travel romance, My Banished Highlander (part of the Medieval Redemption boxed set). Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for shortbread as you read about her new book!
For hundreds of years, Scottish shortbread, made with only four ingredients, was a simple sweet treat made in the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland. There are many variations, including the addition of chocolate chips or nuts, and some cooks slather on vanilla, maple, or honey flavored icing. Feel free to ‘play’ with my recipe!
Quick and Rich Scottish Shortbread Recipe
*1 cup butter, softened (I recommend real butter)
*1/4 cup white sugar
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325F/163C/Gas Mark 3
Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour. Divide into two sections of dough. Pat each section into a 7 inch circle on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I placed mine on easy-slide foil) Prick into wedges like a pizza with a fork.
Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute. Remove carefully to a wire cake rack to cool completely. Gently break into wedges. Makes one dozen wedges. Easy!
When his clan convicts Cameron Robeson of treason in 1598 Scotland, the last thing he thought his cousin the Laird would do was banish him to the future. With a certain woman on his mind, he plans revenge while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the modern day New England Highland Games. His plans go awry when a comely redheaded lass wearing the Mackenzie plaid lands at his feet.
Iona Mackenzie is worried about her friend, Haven, and searches for answers among the tents at the games. Whom can she trust to help? Her father? The handsome blacksmith? Or, the tall, golden-haired Highlander? Romance takes a back seat because saving her friend is her priority, no matter how great Cameron can kiss.
When a magical amulet and an angry sorcerer send this unlikely couple back through time, more than one heart will be broken. Danger, intrigue, and threats surround them, and feelings between Iona and Cameron grow hot and steamy. They fight the sorcerer and search for Iona’s friend, the woman he vowed to steal from his cousin. Will the strong-willed Highlander and the present day witch stop fighting long enough to listen to their hearts?
With a letter in her hand and a Highlander at her back, what could go wrong?
They were lovers. Iona had joined with no other before him. An emotional bond had formed a natural response after a night of passion. However, there was something in her voice. A yearning for…
Understanding washed over Cameron as he helped her undress. Glancing away, he forcibly ignored her luscious curves. He grabbed one of Haven’s nightgowns from a hook on the wall. Iona protested by pulling away.
“Haven would want ye comfortable. When yer dressed, I shall be comfortable.” He slipped the sliver of gauzy fabric over her head. “Ye tempt a man just by being ye.”
Iona blushed. The reaction was quite appealing. It lent color to cheeks that had paled beneath her pain. Her loose hair fell over her shoulders in a delicious mass of red curls.
Cameron flipped a strand back over her shoulder, then leaned down and kissed the soft skin of her shoulder, right above her fragile collarbone.
“Ye need to eat, love. Yer much too thin.”
He chuckled. She smelled of scented herbs. They had to be borrowed scents, since she had no access to her leather satchel. Would Marcus deem her belongings the possessions of a witch?
Having witnessed her power with the spell that brought them back to Scotland, he considered the amulet around his neck that she was fingering. Without the power of the necklace, her words were only words.
Cameron covered her hand, halting her teasing caress. He usually kept the amulet hidden, in case the hunk of amber be construed as witchcraft. He could as easily earn a cell for dabbling in witchery. It would be worth it for another night beneath Iona Mackenzie, especially when she gazed up at him with such desire.
The threat to succumb bubbled to the surface as a hot, devilish yearning. It teased him and the heat where their bodies touched wrapped him with desire. The sweet scent of her skin was as intoxicating as fine, aged ale.
He lowered their hands, pulled her tight, and kissed her forehead. When she moaned, Cameron smiled against her skin. He pulled his lips away, and she leaned up and kissed him on the mouth. A sudden revelation turned him stiff as a pike.
He stood in a private bedroom with a woman in his arms. She had her soft, delicious lips pressed against his. A bed was near, and he had barred the door.
Temptation lay before him, and the pull on his conscience was a fierce competitor. This was not a simple Highland game. He no longer stood studying the field of battle where amateur swordsmen pitted their dull blades against others while crowds cheered. There were no gay dancing lassies or vendors scenting the air with their sugary wares.
The Highland Games where they had met were in the future; over four-hundred years from now. Women flirted and men strutted like peacocks. They covered their bodies with over-bright wool they claimed were kilts. Their shiny shoes stomped and their out-of-tune voices cheered while musicians filled the air with outrageous tunes. In a quirky way he almost missed the festive venue. Would Iona have danced with him beneath the ceilidh tent? Might they have shared a leisurely meal, then retired to her tent in the historical village?
A different time, a different place.
After growing up in Huntington, New York, award-winning author Nancy Lee Badger attended
College in New Hampshire, married, and raised two sons in a small town in the shadow of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She protected her neighbors in Rumney as an EMT and volunteer firefighter. After nearly a decade as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the State of NH 9-1-1 service, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time, but returns with her family each fall to volunteer at the New Hampshire Highland Games. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, the Celtic Heart Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!
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