British Scifi author Pippa Jay visits today. She’s sharing a family favorite cake recipe and the blurb and pic of her latest release, Keir from Lyrical Press. Her next novel, Gethyon, is scheduled for release in June, 2013 by Champagne Book Group.
Merry Christmas! Here in the UK an old tradition at this time of year is the Christmas cake. I’ve been told by some of my American friends that this is an unknown thing so I’d better describe it. Traditional Christmas cake is a dark, heavy fruit cake, usually seeped in brandy, and covered by marzipan and white icing. My husband loves it! It’s one of his favourite things about Christmas. Unfortunately I can’t stand it, and so he came up with an alternative that I’m going to share with you. It’s very simple and will keep well for several weeks, so even if you’re too full of other festive treats this is something that will wait for you.
4 oz butter, softened
4 oz soft brown sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
12 oz mincemeat (is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices – you can find a recipe for making your own here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mincemeat_2491 )
7 oz self-raising wholemeal flour
Milk to mix
Set oven to 325 F or Mark 3. Grease & line an 8 inch round cake tin. Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time then stir in the mincemeat. Fold in the flour and mix well, adding sufficient milk to make a dropping consistency. Put into the tin and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven to 300 F or Mark 2 and continue baking for 75 minutes until the cake is firm and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption? For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand. But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius. When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?
Check out Pippa’s website at http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Tomorrow, Champagne Author Jude Johnson