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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Melissa Keir with delicious scones & #new book! #MFRWorg #RssosSisters #cowboy #westernromance

Cooking with... 

Melissa Keir, 
author of Cowboy Mine. Today, she's sharing her favorite scone recipe!

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice—a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.

Perfectly Proper Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar, plus a teaspoon for sprinkling
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (one stick) cold unsalted butter
½ cup dried currants (I use cherries or blueberries)
½ cup white chocolate morsels (I don’t measure and just throw them in)
½ cup plain yogurt
1 large egg

Frosting Topping: powdered sugar, milk

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut up the butter into small pieces and work into the flour mixture with your fingers (mixture should resemble wet sand). Stir in currants and chocolate.
In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and egg until blended.
Using a fork, stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (Warning: this will get sticky!)
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into about an 8 inch circle. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp sugar. Use a sharp knife (I use a butter knife) and cut the dough into 8 parts (like you’d cut a pizza). Place the scones on a baking sheet (lightly greased or lined with parchment paper), about one inch apart. Bake unil tops are just golden, about 20 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 5 minutes or so.

Mix the powered sugar and milk in a small cup until it resembles a thick liquid. Pour over the scones. Let dry and then enjoy! Makes 8 scones.

Oooh, Melissa will you bake some and mail them to me! Looks yummy. 
Excerpt from Chalkboard Romance:
One minute she remained all grace, next her poise went down the drain as her shoe broke. Mac lurched to his feet and ran over to help the stunning woman.

“Are you hurt?” He reached his hand out to help but instead of the tears he expected, Mac heard laughter coming from under the waterfall of hair which hid her face. He ached to touch the burnished-bronze length. 

She reminds me of Dad’s favorite colt, a little skittish, but feisty. I like spirited women.

Not wanting to see her sitting there on the floor, Mac scooped her up in his arms. Whoa. She was like a foal, all legs, and she fit perfectly in his arms. He could hold her all day.

“Sir, is the woman okay?” The bartender stood in front of Mac. He couldn’t tell if the guy wanted to grab her out of his arms for himself or to protect his hotel from a lawsuit.

Mac couldn’t help but growl like a dog defending his territory. “I haven’t checked yet. She appears fine. Why don’t you get her a glass of water?” Anything to get rid of him. He wanted to keep her in his arms.

Mac pulled her close to his chest. At the thought of letting her go, his heartbeat sped up. Maybe I can convince her to have a drink with me. He reluctantly set her down in a chair at one of the bar tables.


J.M. Maurer said...

Yum! Can you mail some to me, too?
Lovely excerpt, Melissa. Great bundle.

Melissa Keir said...

I'd mail them to everyone but I never get enough to enjoy for more than one day! They go fast in my house! One year, I sent some home with my son who was staying with his dad (My ex) and while my ex and his GF were eating, they were going on and on about how yummy they were until they decided to ask who made them (they thought his mom did) and found out I did.... I thought they would choke on it!

Jennifer Lowery said...

Yum!! Definitely trying these! Love this bundle!

Melissa Keir said...

Jennifer. I make mine in even square shapes, after all, the shape doesn't matter but sometimes they are so rich that I have to make it smaller!

stanalei said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I'll bet these keep that blended family well fed!

Melissa Keir said...

They do. And they go quickly. But trust me, they aren't for dieters! With the butter (yep I use the real stuff) and the chocolate, nothing is low fat in this recipe!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Melissa! Please mail mine before JM's. lol I agree, add the butter and chocolate. Just don't eat the whole batch at once. LOLOL

jbiggar said...

Great holiday recipe, thanks Melissa! I laughed when I read about your ex and his GF, too funny :)

Melissa Keir said...

Thanks for visiting Jacquie. I thought it was hilarious too. Guess they worried I'd poisoned it.

Haha Vicki! You might just want to make your own before you wait on my shipping, with two extra adults in the house, food doesn't last!

Angela Adams said...

Thanks for the recipe -- just in time for the holidays!

darkwriter said...

They do sound yummy and I can understand why they go so fast. I'm going to have to try them.
Good luck with the book and bundle.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Beverley! Since Melissa won't make me some, I guess you could. LOL

Marsha said...

Hey, Vicki and Melissa. Love scones, but musn't have them around. Absolutely no willpower. LOL These sound scrumptious. I FBed and Tweeted. :)

Susan Bernhardt said...

I love scones and make them about once a month. I'll need to try your recipe. Thank you, Melissa. :)

Great website, Vicki!

Patti Ludwig said...

Thanks to @BeasBookNook for the link. Good recipe (I'd do without the glaze, but that's just me; I like to butter 'em.)
Story looks interesting too; hopefully it doesn't have a lot of the dumb angst you see in so many romances. Doesn't look that way from your excerpt. The way you showed his emotions/reactions made it much more accessible, too.

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