Shannon here: Mary Ellis shares a yummy made from scratch recipe for Lemon Sheet Cake. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a hardcover signed copy of her latest Amish Mystery, Hiding in Plain Sight. U.S. only. Deadline: Sept 1st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Mary:
Happy summer, readers!
Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. And although there are lawns to mow, gardens to weed, and extra laundry to wash, just about everyone has a shady spot to sit with a glass of lemonade and read. For me, it’s my screened-in porch where I read, work, or simply watch the deer coming and going as the sun sets. When I know friends will be dropping by, I brew a batch of iced tea, mix up some lemonade and bake this luscious treat. Bake two and freeze one, so you’ll be ready when neighbors arrive unannounced. Just remember to take it easy…after all, it’s summer!
Fresh Lemon Sheet Cake
1 ½ cups white sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick)
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients alternate with 1 cup milk. Next add in the juice of ½ lemon and about 2 tsp lemon zest. (Optional: a few drops of lemon food coloring) Fold in 2 well beaten eggs last.
Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees – your oven temp may vary)
For approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Hint: This cake is great with lemon sherbet for a cool summertime treat or you can frost with a lemon butter frosting…
LEMON BUTTER FROSTING:
Cream 3 tbsp room temperature butter
Blend in 2 egg yolks
Stir in 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind (zest)
2 tbsp lemon juice
About Mary: Mary Ellis has written twenty-five novels including Amish fiction, historical romance, and suspense. First in the series, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for 2015. Second in the series, What Happened on Beale Street, won the Judge a Book by its Cover contest for Inspirational Romance. Her most recent, Sunset in Old Savannah has been nominated for a Bookseller’s Best Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award for 2017. In August, Severn House will release Hiding in Plain Sight book one of Marked for Retribution Mysteries. In January Kensington will release her mystery novella, Nothing Tastes So Sweet, for the Amish Candy Shop Anthology. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Hiding in Plain Sight:
Introducing private investigator Kate Weller in the first of the brand-new Marked for Retribution mystery series.
On the run from a troubled past, Kate Weller, the newest member of Price Investigations, covers her tracks, changes her name and takes a case in Charleston, South Carolina, where she can hide in plain sight.
Renting a charming room with a waterfront view, Kate sets about trying to locate her adopted client’s natural siblings, only to find more questions than answers when she eventually tracks down a long-lost sister. Meanwhile, her new landlord won’t stop sticking his nose into her case. As far as Kate’s concerned, Eric Manfredi should focus on whatever competitor is bent on ruining his family business. But when petty vandalism turns lethal, and Eric’s father is arrested for murder, Kate determines to prove his innocence. Can she find the real culprit before a killer from her own past tracks her down?
Can’t wait for the drawing? Get your copy now!
To celebrate the release of my brand new hardcover mystery, Hiding in Plain Sight, I’m giving away one signed copy to someone who leaves an answer to this Question for Readers: If you had to go into hiding for a month or two, (with your spouse and/or family) which place would you choose? Remember, this is just a fun question…I hope you never have to hide from anyone! USA only. Good luck! Mary Ellis
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