I am thrilled to have Livvy over because Sweet As Sin is the story which gave me the inspiration for this feature. There is a scene in the Sugar Shack that involves sexy times in the kitchen with various ingredients. The names Livvy gives her pastries apeal to all my senses! I'm handing over the floor to her for some sumtious cooking time ;)
A baby-faced culinary student scurried over. “Mrs. Murphy, I refilled the racks. There wasn’t any more peach marmalade until the delivery Friday so I used raspberry preserves. I hope that is okay.”
“Yes, Kim. Sometimes you have to adapt with what you have. Did you zest them up first?”
The student’s grin widened. “Yes ma’am. I used some blueberry schnapps to thin the mix. The flavor was really incredible. I might have to try that on toast.”
Livvy laughed. “Good girl. Come on, I’ll show you my recipe for the Double Chocolate Chip Stud Muffins.”
“Oh, those are your best seller, aren’t they?”
“Yep, right after the Chocolate Orgasm.” Livvy said pulling out ingredients. “But I have a confession. We’ve been making these muffins so long, I just kind of eyeball it now. So remember that. You may have to adjust things a bit when you’re doing this tomorrow by yourself.”
“Tomorrow?” The young woman gulped. “Me?”
“Yes, you. These are easy. You’ll do fine.”
Kim barely blinked as Livvy sifted and folded, mixed and measured. “Why do you use solid dark chocolate in the center? I’d think milk chocolate or fudge would creamier.”
A small smile lifted Livvy’s lips. “Because chocolate is like love. You can never have too much of it but sometimes, you need the dark so you can appreciate the sweetness. And not everything is smooth. You have to have something to sink your teeth into.”
Her student nodded absently, still watching the bowl. She was too young to appreciate the complexities of textures in baking or in life. Livvy slid the tray in the oven and glanced once more at the clock. Soon she’d head home to her new husband. She made a mental note to take home a couple muffins. Of all people, John would appreciate the dark and the light.
SUGAR SHACK DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP STUD MUFFINS
(all measurements are approximate)
1 cup butter
¾ cup sugar
1 cup plus one tablespoon bread flour
1 ½ tablespoon baking powder
¼ cup milk
½ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup powdered cocoa
20 squares of dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
1. Cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until white and fluffy.
2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well, and whisk for 5 minutes.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder, add to the butter mixture and fold until well-blended.
4. Add in the milk and the cocoa and mix for 1 minute. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Refrigerate the mixture for 2 hours.
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
7. Line muffin pans with paper liners, making 20 muffins.
8. Put a teaspoon of the muffin mixture in each case. Add a square of chocolate, then top with another teaspoon and a half of the muffin mixture.
9. Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and risen. Top with more chocolate chips 2 minutes before removing from oven. Serve warm from the oven.
SWEET AS SIN
She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.
John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.
Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?
Buy Sweet as Sin at Carina Press, AMZ, ARe, BoB or B&N
Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website, Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook
GIVEAWAY: Inez Kelley has been so generous to offer two commenters the chance for an e-copy of Sweet As Sin plus lip butters in Sweet as Sin Buttercream and Chocolate Orgasm flavors.
Leave a comment for Inez Kelley or tell us which is your sinful dessert.
PS: I do not object to find links to the recepies in your comment if your answer what your sinful dessert is ;)