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Writer Wednesday – Kate Aaron

January 22, 2014

Let’s welcome bestselling gay romance author Kate Aaron to Writer Wednesday on the blog!! I haven’t had a chance to read any of Kate’s books yet, but if the cover of this one is any way to judge they look chocolate worthy!!

Made by Kate Aaron

My recipe is Grantham Gingerbread. Not something everyone has heard of! This is a traditional English recipe dating back to the 1740s and, unlike other ginger ‘breads’, Grantham gingerbread is a sweet, crunchy biscuit with a hollow, sticky honeycomb centre. Absolutely delicious, they’re usually no sooner out of the oven than they’re eaten in my house. And the best thing is, this isn’t a recipe that calls for dozens of exotic ingredients or hours of prep: usually I’ve got everything already to hand whenever I get the urge to make them, and they’re quick, simple, and wonderfully versatile. – Kate

Grantham Gingerbread

grantham gingerbread250g self-raising flour
115g butter
340g caster sugar
1 egg
As much ground ginger as your tastebuds can tolerate (1.5tsp for the unadventurous).

Instructions: Firstly sift the flour and ginger together and mix well. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until the butter lightens. Add the egg to the butter and sugar. Add the flour 1/3 at a time — the mixture will get very firm, like a soft dough, so the mixing is better done by hand rather than with an electric whisk. Then simply roll the dough into small balls (be careful not to compress them too much) and bake on a lined tray in a medium-hot oven for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and hard to the touch. These biscuits will naturally flatten during baking, although it’s your choice what size you make them — they are equally delicious when they’re a handful, or make them very small as an alternative to Amaretti biscuits (just remember to reduce the cooking time accordingly!)

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*Note: for my America readers: you can download a great Units app to your phone (etc) or just type the amounts into Google to help with converting Kate’s recipe.

Something else as English as Grantham gingerbread is Wimbledon, and Ace is my very own homage to the tournament – with a difference, of course. – Kate

ACE book cover

Ace

Tennis has been Brian Scagill’s life since he was six years old, raised to be a champion by an overbearing mother eager for fame and fortune. Now twenty-two, World No.6 and Britain’s No.1, Brian’s at the top of his game–but is that really where he wants to be?

Lexi Horvat wasn’t even expected to qualify for England’s famous Grand Slam tournament. Raised in an American Academy thousands of miles from home, he’s used to looking after himself.The two players might be rivals in their field but off court the attraction they feel for each other is undeniable. Starting a new relationship in the middle of a tournament is a horrible idea, even without those around them trying to keep them apart. As their private, public, and professional lives collide, Brian and Lexi are forced to reconcile who they are with who they were supposed to be.

AMAZON – ALLROMANCE – iBOOKS.
Kate Aaron lives in Cheshire, England with two dogs that won’t behave, a parrot that won’t talk, and a bearded dragon named Elvis. She has the best of friends, the worst of enemies, and a mischievous muse with a passion for storytelling that doesn’t know the difference between fact and fiction.
Catch up with Kate online at her websiteFacebook, and Tumblr.
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