Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Special Treat from Down Under

Please allow me to introduce you to an author you definitely want to read who is also a phenomenal baker Eva Scott.

Take it away, Eva.

In The Reluctant Wedding Planner Mrs Winter, one of Georgi Mac Intyre’s clients, bakes some delicious Monte Carlos biscuits. Now for those of you who don’t know, Monte Carlo biscuits are an Australian classic. There are a few variations on the theme kicking about but here’s the Australian Women’s Weekly version – tried and tested and scrumptious to boot!

125g (8 tablespoons) softened butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons honey
a pinch of salt
2 cups self raising flour
1/3 cup raspberry jam, warmed
2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
15g (1 tablespoon) softened butter, extra
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (vanilla extract)
2-3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 180°C which is 350°F.

Line a biscuit tray with baking paper also known as parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add egg, honey and a pinch of salt. Fold through sifted flour.

Roll mixture into a log. Cover with plastic and allow to rest for about 20 minutes.

Uncover and slice into 1/2 centimeters or 1/4 inch slices. Place on tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

While still warm brush ½ the biscuits with the jam. Set aside to cool.

Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add butter, and vanilla essence. Mix in enough milk to form a thick icing. Spread other half of the biscuits with the icing and sandwich together.

Serving size: Serves 10 or more
Cooking time: Less than 60 minutes

Here's a little from my latest release to enjoy with your biscuits.

Not only flowers bloom...

Dr Camden James is a rural vet, not a wedding planner, so he quickly feels out of his depth when, in a fit of generosity, he offers to glam up his sister's budget wedding in a secret move designed to surprise her. With only six weeks to make this the wedding of his sister's dreams he needs to move fast.

Stumbling around in the largely female world of weddings he gets a lead on the go-to girl for wedding flowers - Georgiana Mac Intyre. Georgi, reeling from a very public breakup, is not interested in men in anyway shape or form. Not even super-cute vets - even when they are clearly interested in her.

Cam shamelessly uses his story to get her to help. It has all the elements; romance against the odds, true love, orphans (you can't have good story without an orphan or two), and a bride.

To read an excerpt from The Reluctant Wedding Planner, please click HERE.

Eva Scott lives on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia with her fabulous husband and gorgeous little boy. When she's not writing romance, you can find her on the water kayaking, fishing or swimming. When on dry land its all about the shoes and the coffee.

Learn more about Eva Scott on her website. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

I'll be back Monday with Arley Cole and Leigh Daley. Until then...

Happy Reading!



  1. Looks too pretty to eat, Eva! Wishing you all the best in all your publishing endeavors! Cheers!

  2. Thanks for dropping by Sharon! I do hope you try the receipe - its delicious!