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Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, lemon | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Macadamia nuts are a big product of Hawaii, and Hawaii is a major setting in Roar of Sky. Plus, macadamia nuts are awesome.

If you love these nuts, get ready to bliss out. This month includes recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies 
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars (today)
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

Sweet, tart, crunchy, fresh: these Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies have it all going on.

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

My husband loves good lemon treats, and these met his whole-hearted approval–and his co-workers apparently went bonkers for them, too.

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

I’m honestly surprised there aren’t more goodies out there that combine lemon and macadamia nuts. It’s such an awesome combination.

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

Here, the chewiness of the blondies is amped up by a very thin glaze that soaks into the bars while they are still hot. I was afraid the glaze might make them too sweet, but it turned out perfect.

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

If you have leftover macadamia nuts around, do remember to store them in the fridge! Their high fat content can cause them to spoil at room temperature, whereas they will keep for ages in the fridge.

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

Trust me, no one wants to eat rancid nuts.

Modified from Epicuricloud.

Come back next week for a  recipe with optional macadamia nuts: mini fruit cake loaves, quite customizable with the dried fruit and nuts! And please preorder Roar of Sky!

 

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

Bready or Not: Lemony Macadamia Nut Blondies

These lemony blondies are full of crunchy, chewy perfection. A thin glaze on top adds a necessary sweet boost.

  • Bars
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • zest of 3 lemons; reserve a pinch for glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • reserved lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9-inch pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar. Add eggs one at a time followed by the lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon extract. Stir in the flour and salt. When those are just incorporated, add the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Pour the batter into the ready pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle.

Immediately after that is done baking, make the glaze by stirring together the confectioners' sugar and reserved lemon juice and zest. Use a chopstick or similar tool to poke small holes across the top of the blondies. Pour the glaze over the top and use a spoon to distribute it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.

Let pan cool completely. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Slice into bars. Store in a sealed container with wax paper or parchment between the layers.

OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not Guest: DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, guest recipe | 0 comments

I’m happy to welcome Cheryl Low with a Bready or Not guest post today! The second book in her Crowns & Ash series, Detox in Letters, is out TODAY. Her unique take on cookies here includes a frosting that mixes powdered sugar and avocado. That sounds like my kind of alchemy! Read on to find out more about her cookies and her series from World Weaver Press. 

DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low


SUGAR COOKIES WITH AVOCADO FROSTING & PIXIE DUST
&
DETOX IN LETTERS

Sweet, unexpected, and addictive. One is never enough.

The Crowns & Ash series takes place in a fantasy world where magic is a drug steeping in every cup of tea and baked into the cakes eaten at every meal. The characters are indulgent, born in a city with few rules and too much time filled with parties and duels. But they quickly realize that their comfort is orchestrated by the Queen, their magic stolen and fed back to them in drugs to keep them sedate.

The fine veneer of their posh city is cracking and soon not even Vaun, Prince of the Realm, can turn a blind eye to the mounting dangers in their midst. Flesh-eating pixies, poisoned dust, soul-snatching wolves and so much more.

The first book in the series, Vanity in Dust, introduces the Realm, the prince, and a deadly ploy to undermine the Queen’s monopoly on the city’s dust.
And the second, Detox in Letters, is available now! The Realm finds out exactly where their magic comes from, Prince Vaun tries to survive his mother’s terrible demands, a rebel group threatens the High, and Princess Fay eyes the Queen’s throne.

All while eating cake and sipping tea, because some things just never change.

 


Detox in Letters

Detox in Letters – About the book:

Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope.

An illness is spreading through the city, marking the sick in mysterious letters scrawled across their skin. What is first thought to be madness reveals itself to be an awakening as residents rediscover themselves, their pasts, and their long-forgotten magic… things the Queen wants to remain buried. Things she will sacrifice her own children to suppress.

Mercy has never been a staple of the Realm. Treachery, blood, and magic steeps the city as the rebel leader, Red, seeks to topple the Tower, Princess Fay eyes her mother’s throne, and Prince Vaun must decide whether to submit to his mother’s terrible demand.

Detox in Letters ingredients

Where to buy Detox in Letters:

Amazon
Amazon UK
Goodreads
World Weaver Press
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks

Detox in Letters dough

Bready or Not Guest Recipe: DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low

Cheryl Low’s Crowns & Ash series takes place in a fantasy world where magic is a drug steeping in every cup of tea and baked into the cakes eaten at every meal. In this recipe inspired by her world, sugar cookies are frosted with a blend of powdered sugar and avocado, and topped with sparkly cake dust.

  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Cake dust

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and then chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out dough onto a floured surface and cut into cookie shapes.

Bake 8-10 minutes. I take them out before the edges brown so they’ll be super soft. Let cool.

Mash avocado and mix with powdered sugar into a frosting.

Frost cookies. Let the frosting harden and then dust with glittery cake dust so you can pretend their coated in magic pixie dust.

About the Author:

Cheryl Low might be a dragon with a habit of destroying heroes, lounging in piles of shiny treasure, and abducting royals—a job she fell into after a short, failed attempt at being a mermaid. She can’t swim and eventually the other mermaids figured it out. She can, though, breathe fire and crush bones, so being a dragon suited her just fine.

…Or she might be a woman with a very active imagination, no desire to be outdoors, and more notebooks than she’ll ever know what to do with.

Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, CherylLow.com. The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.

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Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii–with its groves of delicious macadamia nuts–is a major setting in Roar of Sky.

If you love macadamia nuts, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (today)
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. One of the best cookies in existence. There are a lot of recipes out there and I’ve tried many, but I say with no doubt that this is the best.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The melted white chocolate in the dough makes all the difference by adding slight sweetness and a smooth texture.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Be cautious when you melt the chips, though. It can burn quickly in the microwave. Zap it on low power for short stints of time, and stay close.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Did you know that macadamia nuts should always be stored in the fridge? They have a high fat content, and can go rancid at room temperature! Trust me, you’ll know by the smell when you open the bag. Voice of experience.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

So don’t let good nuts go bad. Keep them chilled, and use them up in yummy recipes like this one! If you love this kind of cookie, this recipe will be a keeper for you.

Come back next week for a lemony bar recipe with macadamia nuts, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine #172 April 2001, page 8.

 

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What makes these cookies so magical? White chocolate melted into the dough! These cookies are crisp, light, and chewy all at once. Be careful when you melt the white chocolate in the microwave–it can burn in a matter of seconds! Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, this makes about 35 cookies. Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine, April 2001.

  • 1 bag (10 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (11 Tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Place 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power in short increments, 20-25 seconds, and stop to stir between passes until the chips blend smoothly. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs until they're creamy. Mix in the melted chips. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the remaining chips and nuts.

Use a tablespoon cookie scoop or spoon to place dough in rounded lumps on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops just begin to turn light golden brown. Cool on the sheet for several minutes, then move to a rack to cool.

OM NOM NOM!

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CALL OF FIRE $2.99 ebook sale!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Blog, call of fire, roar of sky | 0 comments

Call of Fire is on sale for the very first time! Read book 2 in the trilogy and be ready for Roar of Sky to be released next month! Plus, this new edition of Call’s ebook features the 1st chapter of Roar. (That means that if you already own the ebook of Call, be sure to update it to read the sneak peek!)

This $2.99 sale won’t last long! Grab it while you can–and please spread the word!

#SFWAPro

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Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, pie | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii is a major setting in Roar of Sky, and I did a research trip to Oahu and the Big Island last year. That included a stay at a lovely bed & breakfast on a macadamia nut farm near Kona. I’ve loved macadamia nuts my entire life, but there’s nothing like cracking through those double layers of shell to eat a macadamia nut fresh off the tree.

If you love macadamia nuts as well, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie (today)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Macadamia Nut Pie. This pie is unquestionably decadent, but it is so very worth it.

I looked at about five recipes to formulate my own original take on this recipe. I confess, I was pretty nervous about this experiment.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

After all, I didn’t want to waste these delicious nuts, even if I did buy two big bags at a good price from the Kona Costco during my novel research trip. Not like I can fly back there to stockpile nuts again soon (alas).

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

For years now, I’ve loved white chocolate macadamia nut cookies–hence I am featuring that recipe again next week. To me, that pairing of chocolate and nuts is sheer perfection. I just wasn’t sure how it would translate to pie.

The results genuinely surprised me.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

That’s because the white chocolate melded with the corn syrup and brown sugar during the baking process, creating a kind of smooth caramel sauce.

Caramel and macadamia nuts is an awfully good pairing, too. But a very sweet one. This pie necessitated the purchase of a tub of vanilla ice cream.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

I then served the pie to my husband with ice cream on the side, and I spooned caramel from the pie plate over both. Oh yeah.

You won’t need big slices of this pie. It’s just too rich. The good news is, it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Come back next week for one of my favorite cookie recipes, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

This incredible pie is loaded with macadamia nuts and goodness. The white chocolate melds with the other ingredients to create a kind of caramel sauce. Be warned: this pie is RICH. Cut small slices. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and use the extra sauce from the pie plate as a topping! Pie keeps well covered in the fridge for at least a week.

  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped raw macadamia nuts
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Place a cookie sheet in the oven to heat up as well; this will help prevent a soggy bottom on the crust.

Place white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts in the unbaked pie crust, and place it in the fridge to chill.

In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, then add the corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour the filling over the white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Cover the pie crust edges with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400-degrees. Remove the foil.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350-degrees and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is lightly brown and the filling is set. Cool to room temperature before cutting.

OM NOM NOM!

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CoKoCon Time!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Blog, public speaking | 0 comments

CoKoCon begins tomorrow! It’s a scfi/fantasy con taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Metrocenter Doubletree. Find out more about the con here. I’ll actually be there as the local author guest of honor, and I have a loaded schedule. Find the current version below; it can also be found on their site. Changes may occur, apocalypses may happen, etc.

Yes, I’m bringing cookies!


Friday, August 31
7pm
Signing: Beth Cato
Dealers Room, 7pm – 7:45pm
Local Author GoH Beth Cato will be signing in the Dealers Room. Bring your items to be signed.

8pm
Surviving Social Media
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Gary W. Babb, Beth Cato, Thomas Watson, Stephanie Weippert
In the world of Sad Puppies, Comics Gaters and Rian Johnson haters, social media can be a minefield as much as it can be a promotional tool. Enjoy some tips on how to tread lightly in Reddit, how and how much to share, and what precautions and steps you can take when it becomes too intense.

Saturday, September 1
11am
Book Discussion: A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Lobby Pit, 11am – 12pm
Beth Cato, Michael Senft
Join Beth Cato and Michael Senft as they host a book discussion on A Long Way to Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

2pm
Signing: Beth Cato
Dealers Room, 2pm – 3pm

3:30pm
Steampunk—More Than Airships
Canyon 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, David Lee Summers, Cynthia Ward
It’s not just flying anachronisms; steampunk is an aesthetic. Beth Cato leads our panel of authors in examining the style and the tropes of this whimsical version of alternate history.

5pm
Meet the Guests
Terrace, 5pm – 6pm
Here’s a chance to meet all our GoH in one place, at one time.

8pm
Strong Female Characters
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Jenn Czep, Jamie Wyman
For ages the strong female character was able to kick ass with the men in her chainmail bikini. Thankfully, that has changed. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Hermione Granger, we look at what makes a strong woman in the 21st century.

Sunday, September 2
10:30am
Spotlight on Beth Cato
Terrace, 10:30am – 11:30am

12:30pm
Mental Health Check for Writers and Readers
Canyon 3, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Eric T. Knight, Marsheila Rockwell
Our panelists lead a frank talk about mental issues, how they influence their stories and how they impact the writing process.

2pm
What If
Canyon 3, 2pm – 3pm
Beth Cato, H. Paul Honsinger, Sue Martin, Harry Turtledove
Alternate history revolves around critical points in history, where one little change creates massive ripples. Join our Guests of Honor Harry Turtledove and Beth Cato as they discuss these touch points, and what a little nudge in one direction or the other might spawn.

5pm
Magic Systems
Canyon 3, 5pm – 6pm
Beth Cato, Bruce Davis, Avily Jerome, Eric T. Knight
They are the heart of every high fantasy. And with writers like Rothfuss and Sanderson, they’ve become a science. Our panelists discuss their favorites and how to create a workable magic system, whether rigidly scientific or more numinous à la Tolkien—and when to use which.

8pm
Magic & Mayhem—Trickster Stories
Canyon 3, 8pm – 9pm
Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Jenn Czep, Jamie Wyman
We all love Loki and not just because of Tom Hiddleston. This panel looks at the trickster archetype, from myth and legend through modern fantasy. But let’s be honest, there will probably be a lot of talk about Tom Hiddleston!

Monday, September 3
3:30pm
Childhood Favorites
Canyon 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Beth Cato, Tom Leveen, Jeff Mariotte, Marsheila Rockwell
What books inspired you to become a writer? What are the cherished stories and beloved authors that provided the muse for our panelists? They will reminisce about their favorites and maybe discuss a few current favorites as well.

5pm
Closing Ceremonies
Terrace, 5pm – 6pm
Dee Astell, Hal C. F. Astell, Mark Boniece, Beth Cato, Cheshire Moon, Eric Coleman, Lizzie Crowe, Steve Rude, Harry Turtledove
Help us wrap up year one for CoKoCon and set the stage for 2019!

#SFWAPro

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