Happy New Year, Fresh Fiction folks! Thank you so much for inviting me to join
you today and
for helping celebrate the release of my tenth historical novel, A Bound Heart, with a
When I’m not writing and traveling, I’m at home in the kitchen baking. As an
author, I enjoy
reading about as well as including culinary details in my own historical novels.
Doing so lends
a richness and authenticity to the story. My characters are historical foodies,
for sure! And so,
I’m delighted to share this Scottish shortbread recipe from my heroine, Lark
humble hearth on the Isle of Kerrera in Scotland. This shortbread pairs
deliciously with a
steaming cup of tea or even coffee.
Classic Scottish Shortbread
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar or superfine sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oats, traditional or quick
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" round cake pan.
2. Grind the oats in a blender or food processor. If you don't have a blender or
use quick oats, rather than traditional. Combine the oats with the remaining
ingredients in a
bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Press the dough into the prepared pan and score it into 16 wedges. A knife,
dipped in water
between cuts, is a good tool.
4. Bake the shortbread for 35 to 40 minutes, until it's firm and golden brown.
oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a clean work surface. Cut
all the way
through the score marks to make wedges, then place the wedges on a rack to cool
Yield: 16 shortbread wedges.
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Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds,
is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper
of his bees and
the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife
conceive and bear
him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves
caught up in a
whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as
across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky
coastline of the
Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a
Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs
into her own
family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in
Romance Historical | Inspirational Historical [Revell, On Sale:
January 1, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800726645 / eISBN:
is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA
bestselling author of
several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter
, Courting Morrow
, The Colonel’s Lady
, The Mistress of Tall Acre
, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a
log cabin in
the heart of Kentucky.
14 comments posted.
How wonderful that you have family history to draw upon for inspiration for your
books. Situations changed so rapidly for people in the past. Much faster than
they tend to do today, and there was so little recourse to rectify the situations.
We are planning a trip cross country to Alaska and back. It will be the third
summer we have planned the trip. Medical issues bumped us out the past two
years. We have our fingers crossed it won't happen again. We have a few
short trips planned for March to Williamsburg, VA, and to Charleston, SC in
April. We are going to conferences in both places. Both are only 5 to 7 hours
from home. Next year we hope to go to Scotland, Ireland, and England.
(Patricia Barraclough 10:34pm January 19)
I have wanted to travel to Holland every since I read about the country in my fifth grade Geography book about 80 years ago and my second choice would be Ireland, the home of some of my ancestors. I'm not sure either would look as good as my imagination.
(Anna Speed 1:43pm January 20)
Sounds like a snippet taken from Outlander series which finds Claire and Jaime in the new colonies
(Diane McMahon 2:03pm January 22)