Friday, November 28, 2014

Last Friday of the Month Recipe From Author Kaye Spencer

Recipe of the Month
Cherry Crumb Cake c. 1960

The recipe and why you love making it:
This recipe is quick to make, and it is a great breakfast/brunch dish that is just as tasty warmed up as it is served cold. The ingredients are standard pantry items, which makes it a trusty stand-by to whip-up in a pinch. Substituting different pie fillings adds variety, as well. If you’re pressed for time in the mornings, you can mix the dry ingredients together the night before, and leave the butter out to soften overnight. The next morning, add the eggs and butter to the dry ingredients, mix, and bake.
2 cups sugar                                       
4 cups flour                                                 
4 tsp. baking powder                
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup butter (or margarine), softened
1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz. or larger)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine & mix the dry ingredients
  3. Add eggs & work into the dry ingredients with your hands
  4. Add butter & mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly & feels more dry than moist. You may need to add more flour a little at a time to reach this consistency.
  5. Spray oil a 9x11 baking pan (standard cake pan size) then put about half the dry mixture into the pan & even it out to the sides—Do Not Pat Down
  6. Spread the cherry pie filling over the dry mixture almost to the edges (or other pie filling flavor)
  7. Cover with the remainder of the dry mixture to the edges—again, do not pat down
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon & sugar or a pumpkin pie spice over the top (can be added after baking instead)
  9. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the edges pull away slightly & appear golden brown & crispy
  10. Do not turn out onto a plate/serving platter – Cut & Serve directly from the baking pan
  11. Serve hot plain or with milk, whipped cream, or ice cream
  12. Store covered — Refrigeration is not necessary

Short Book Blurb:
Wild Texas Christmas – Anthology from Prairie Rose Publications. My short story in the anthology is: A GIFT OF CHRISTMAS HOPE

A shooting over a poker game, a family seeking revenge, a blizzard sweeping across the Texas Panhandle— it’s more than the world-weary gambler known as Lady Sapphire can handle without help. Determined to make it to her childhood home by Christmas Eve with her stagecoach full of treasure, she needs an escort, and there’s no time to be choosy.

Neal Behlen, a drifting gambler and occasional lady’s man—depending upon the size of the lady’s bank account—has his eye on the contents of Lady Sapphire’s mysterious steamer trunks. Taking on the job as her temporary bodyguard seems a lucrative venture and a pleasant diversion since he plans to work in bedroom benefits along the way.

The price of their business arrangement is steep—their hearts—and both are reluctant to pay. What they need is a gift of Christmas hope, but will it arrive before it’s too late for love?

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Native Coloradoan, Kaye Spencer writes romances from her basement hovel in a small, rural town in the far southeastern corner of Colorado—no mountains in sight—just prairie dogs, buffalo grass, and glorious prairie sunsets. While drawn to cowboys and the Old West, all genres are within her story-crafting realm.

Reading Louis L’Amour’s westerns, listening to Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads, watching the *classic* television westerns, and growing up on a cattle ranch all inspired her love of the American Old West—truths and myths alike. Kaye's favorite movie line is from ‘Quigley Down Under’. At the end of the movie, Quigley outdraws Marston in a gunfight and, as Marston dies, Quigley looks down at him and says, "I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn’t know how to use it."

Retired from a long career in public education that included teaching through a community college outreach program, Kaye is enjoying being a full-time writer and spoiler of grandchildren. Kaye is also afflicted with ACD—Accumulative Cat Disorder—with no cure in sight.

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