Friday, January 27, 2017

Last Friday of the Month Recipe & Book from Kimbra Kasch

Today I bring you Kim Kasch and her new way of looking a really yummy treats...and then how to make them.  And since this is slightly before Valentine's Day, you have plenty of time to try them out :)  Smart, aren't we.

Take it away, Kim.

Romance writers fantasize about love, all day long, for money ;)

Looking for Love…aren’t we all? Whether you’re looking for a good romance novel to cuddle up with this Valentine’s Day or the love of a good man or woman, we all need affection.

It’s true. And it’s serious. I recall one college professor telling us about a study where a group of babies who weren’t held, in orphanages, failed to thrive. I’ve also read stories about babies who died when they weren’t held.

So, what do these stories tell us about love and affection? They show us, vividly, that we all need human affection. And, what better time to look for a good romance novel or a little love and affection, than at Valentine’s Day?

So, I thought I’d share a few photos and recipes to help you have the best, Love-filled, Valentine’s Day ever.

But first, we all need to remember that every romance starts out a little rough. We need to work through the layers to build the relationship, just like a cake. Of course, with a cake, it’s a little easier but sometimes it looks just as messy.

We start with the cakes and then cover them with a thick layer of buttercream frosting (the crumb coating). This beginning stage doesn’t look so pretty but it’s a necessary layer. We put on this “crumb coating” and then let the cake chill in the refrigerator before we put on our second coating of frosting, or cover it all with fondant.

This second layer builds the “relationship” or cake and turns it into a much prettier product. 

But we aren’t finished yet.

Every love story needs a little fine-tuning. We need to spend some time on the details if we ever want to stack it up and turn this love-story into a “true” romance.

And, if you’re not a large cake person, you can always back some cookies or make some cupcakes.

Here are a couple of tips to help anyone become a happy home-baker. But, remember, if you don’t have time to start from scratch, you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself to make and bake—because that’s the easiest way to ruin a good romance.

Instead, start out with a package of freezer sugar cookies from your local grocery store. By cutting a few corners, you can spend more time on the fine tuning of the decorating details, which can be a lot of fun and you’ll be sure to have a festive holiday with half the hassle.

Here are a few photos of some cookies I made for the holiday.

Buttercream Frosting:
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 Cup (2 sticks) of Softened butter (I use salted, because it cuts out one step of adding salt to the recipe)
2-3 teaspoons of vanilla
1-2 tablespoons of milk
(optional: One tablespoon of zest from a lemon or orange)(Blend slowly until fluffy and all ingredients are incorporated.)

Sugar Cookies:
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon vanilla (or the contents of one fresh vanilla bean-is best)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
1 egg (at room temperature)

1)                  Preheat over to 350, while you are stirring all the dry ingredients together
2)                  Cream the butter and sugar until smooth then add in the egg and vanilla
3)                  Slowly add in the dry ingredients.
4)                  Use a tablespoon and drop equal amounts of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet
5)                  Bake until golden brown or about 10 minutes.
6)                  Cool on wire racks before decorating

1 and ½ cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or the contents of 1 fresh vanilla bean)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

1)                  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, while you're creaming your sugar and butter together.
2)                  Add eggs, one at a time.
3)                  Add vanilla
4)                  Add milk
5)                  Slowly incorporate the flour and baking powder - (if the mixture seems overly dry, add a few more tablespoons of milk)
6)                  Bake for 30 minutes.
7)                  For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes.
8)                  Cake is done when you stick a toothpick in and it comes out dry but moist. If the toothpick comes out totally dry the cake will be overdone.

A Little Bit About My Romance Novel:
Morgaine Le Fay And The Viking is a tale of extraordinary lives and epic adventures. This tale weaves the legends of Holger Danske and Morgaine Le Fay together.
Theirs was a romance that threatened two kingdoms.

Travel across oceans, continents, and countries to discover the story of legendary Viking hero, Holger Danske, and his magical romance with King Arthur’s half-sister in Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking

This is the story of two warriors who never thought they’d find love, especially on the battlefield, yet standing poised against each other Morgaine and Holger face an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.

Arthur looked up, turning away from the battle before him, as if he’d suddenly awoken from a bad dream. Frantically searching the field, he knew something horrible had happened before he saw it. Somehow, he could feel it.
His eyes locked on one warrior. Even from this distance he could see the man was a giant among men. Broad-shouldered and thick-thighed, his legs squeezed the sides of his horse, as he galloped forward.
Staring as the brutal beast made his way across the field, Arthur was an unwilling witness to the attack. The Nordic warrior was flexed and drawn. Taking aim, he flew like an arrow straight toward his target.
            "Nooo!" Arthur’s voice bellowed out of his chest, rising high into the air, as he could do nothing more than watch…
Riding fast as the wind, the horned devil swept up beside Arthur’s sister. Whisking her off her saddle, he stole her away before anyone had an opportunity to raise a sword or throw a lance against him.
Smoke billowed up from the ground. Burning arrows lit the dry grasses afire, transforming the meadow into a smoldering field of wooden shafts stabbed into the earth, as the cries of men rang up into the air. Maimed knights and injured warriors littered the field.
But there was only one sight Arthur’s eyes locked upon…
Her white steed was left standing bareback in the open field—a ghostly image amongst the fighting men. A haunting reminder of what had been taken.


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  1. Hi Kim, Welcome to the blog. You really outdid yourself with pictures and recipes. I'm so impressed and want to try these. So pretty. And what a great book to look at it now.


  2. Thanks Leslie. I just love to bake and create... what could be sweeter?

    Thanks for having me as a guest.