Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, ELLA QUINN , and her favorite recipe for TIRAMISU!
DESIRING LADY CARO by ELLA QUINN
Ella Quinn’s bachelors are clever, charismatic—and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate—and certain irresistible women—cast doubt on even the best laid plans…
Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis…
Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear—and embrace what they can no longer deny…
DESIRING LADY CARO by ELLA QUINN
My heroine, Lady Caro, has a weakness for chocolate. Something my hero discovers.
As if neither of them was ready to discuss what had occurred earlier today, their conversation centered mainly around what they were eating. This dinner had been a good idea, and Huntley was proving to be easy to get along with, so far. When Caro had finished eating, she placed her serviette on the table and started to rise. “I have enjoyed myself very much, my lord. Thank you.”
He glanced at her. “You do not want to leave so soon. There is a special dessert.”
She stared at him. What could he have in mind? Surely he couldn’t be expecting them to . . . “Indeed, and what might that be?”
His eyes danced, not in a seductive manner, but playfully. “Chocolate tiramisu.”
She plopped back in her chair. “I love chocolate.”
Huntley grinned. So he’d been told. Earlier, he’d done his research and discovered from Nugent that Caro was much addicted to chocolate. When the inn’s cook recommended chocolate tiramisu for dessert, he’d not hesitated ordering it. Perhaps, once they were settled, he’d write a gentleman’s guide to keeping one’s wife happy with chocolate.
After the dessert was served, he sat back, extremely pleased with himself, and watched Caro’s small pink tongue lick the last of the chocolate and cream off her spoon. When she glanced up and smiled at him, every muscle in his body tightened, and his increasing desire for her coursed through his veins. The devil, this was not a good thing to happen now. First, he needed to ensure she was safe and spend time courting her.
She gave a sigh. “Thank you again. That was lovely.” A few minutes later, she rose again. “I think I shall retire. We do have an early day tomorrow.”
He stood. “I’ll escort you to your room.”
Caro waved him back down. “Really, there’s no need. You stay and have your port.”
Huntley came around the table. “It is my pleasure.” He did his best to look innocent as he searched her face for any sign she was softening toward him. “Please?”
She glanced up, peeping uncertainly through her long, curling lashes, apparently still shy of him and their situation. He knew it would take her time, and he was willing to give it to her. After all, they only had the rest of their lives.
Barnes & Nobel and Amazon bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, released in September 2013.
Links to Ella’s website, blog, books, etc.
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3 eggs (separated)
3/4 cup sugar
8 ozs mascarpone cheese (scant cup)
1/2 cup heavy cream (chilled)
2 cups brewed espresso (strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature)
2 tbsps marsala wine (sweet)
18 savoiardi (crisp italian ladyfingers 6 oz)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Beat together yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Beat in mascarpone until just combined.
Beat whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold soft peaks. add remaining 1/4 cup sugar a little at a time, beating, then continue to beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks. beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds soft peaks. Fold cream into mascarpone mixture gently but thoroughly, then fold in whites.
Stir together coffee and marsala in a shallow bowl. dip 1 ladyfinger in coffee mixture, soaking it about 4 seconds on each side, and transfer to an 8-inch glass baking dish (2-quart capacity). Repeat with 8 more ladyfingers and arrange in bottom of dish, trimming as needed to fit snugly. Spread half of mascarpone mixture evenly over ladyfingers. make another layer in same manner with remaining ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture. Chill tiramisu, covered, at least 6 hours.
Just before serving, sprinkle with chocolate.
Cooks’ notes: • the eggs in this recipe are not cooked, which may be of concern if there is a problem with salmonella in your area. • tiramisu can be chilled up to 1 day.
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Ella will give away an e-copy of her book, DESIRING LADY CARO, to one reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s *Author Special* blog. Don’t miss your chance to read this story. Thanks, Ella, for sharing your story with us!