Shannon here: Romantic Suspense author, Terri Reed shares a recipe for Dried Apricot Scones from Yuletide Stalking which is included in the Classified K-9 Unit continuity series. Comment or answer the question to enter to be entered to win one of three copies of Guardian, the first book in the series, along with some chocolate and a sparkly ornament. US only. For international, the prequel to the series, Agent-in-Training, via Amazon. Deadline: Nov 18th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Terri:
Hello and Happy November, this year is flying by. As we step into the holiday season with parties, gathering at church or with friends, I hope you will take time to enjoy each moment. Maybe even take time out for yourself. No guilt.
Read a book, take a hot bath, a long walk or sit by the fire to watch a Christmas special with a cup of tea and a delicious scone.
In my upcoming release, Yuletide Stalking, part of the Classified K-9 Unit continuity series, my heroine Vickie Petrov and her family own and operate a bakery in picturesque Montana. My hero, FBI agent Tim Ramsey frequents the bakery and his favorite item is the Apricot scone. Near the end of the story when Tim takes a bite of one of Vickie’s scones, he is reminded how much Vickie has come to mean to him and his heart aches to see her.
Food has such a delicious way of evoking emotions and memories of loved ones.
I love to bake on occasion, especially around the holidays. Today I’d love to share with you my gluten and dairy free version of an apricot scone. When baking with gluten and dairy free ingredients, you never know if they will be edible. But these scones are fabulous. Even my pastry chef daughter approved!
Dried Apricot Scones
- 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1to1 Baking flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped dried Apricots (I use organic dried fruit which is darker in color)
- 1 1/4 cups Coconut Cream (you may have to warm slightly and whip just a bit with a handheld whisk before using as the coconut cream can solidify in the can)
- Start with ½ cup powered sugar add water, adjust sugar and water to preferred consistency
Preheat oven to 425degrees. Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl, stirring with a fork to mix well. Add the dried fruit. Still using a fork, stir in the cream and mix until the dough holds together in a rough mass (the dough will be quite sticky). Lightly flour a board and transfer the dough to it. Knead the dough 8 or 9 times. Pat into a circle about 10 inches round. Cut circle into 12 wedges and place each piece on the baking sheet allowing 1-inch between pieces. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Eat warm unadorned or let cool before drizzling glaze over the top.
I hope you will enjoy these simple but tasty treats that are featured in Yuletide Stalking, part of Classified K-9 Unit Christmas– a 2 in 1 novella collection starring Frodo the German shepherd and Sam the Rottweiler, who along with their FBI agent handlers, solve tough crimes this December for your reading pleasure.
Thank you for stopping by today!
About Terri: Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. Contact Terri @ www.terrireed.com or P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97224
About the book – Classified K-9 Unit Christmas:
A Killer Christmas by Lenora Worth
When FBI K-9 agent Nina Atkins thwarts an attempted murder, she becomes a target of the killer—the same hit man US Marshal Thomas Grant is tracking. Even caught in the crosshairs, Nina’s reluctant to share her case, but working with Thomas may be the only way to capture a murderer before she becomes his next victim.
Yuletide Stalking by Terri Reed
Determined to stop an arsonist with the help of his accelerant-detecting K-9 partner, FBI agent Tim Ramsey must protect the only witness. But when the criminal begins stalking Vickie Petrov, can Tim convince her to trust him…and help her survive to see another Christmas?
Question for Readers: What favorite treats evoke memories for you of past holidays?
Come back Nov 10th for Lenora Worth!