Showing posts with label Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread. Show all posts

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway from Victoria Hamilton, author of A Deadly Grind


Please join me in welcoming Victoria Hamilton to our blog. We're so pleased to have her with us today. This week, she's debuting her Vintage Kitchen Mystery series with A Deadly Grind


GIVEAWAY! See the final comments on this blog post to find out who won Victoria's drawing for a copy of her new book A Deadly Grind.

Now take it away, Victoria...

~ Cleo Coyle

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When I developed the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series I knew it was a great fit for me, as an author, because I love the subject matter at the heart of the series. I adore kitchen collectibles and have a moderate collection of vintage Pyrex, old utensils, Depression glass bowls and old cookbooks. My heroine, Jaymie Leighton, loves the same things…of course! Every book in the series will feature a vintage recipe reworked for the modern cook.

In a sense it’s what we all do every day that we cook, right? We make over recipes to work for our own likes and dislikes, and our skill set.

Well, May, for me, is strawberry month, but there are only so many strawberry pies and shortcakes you can consume before you need something that will last a little longer in the kitchen. This is an adaptable recipe that will keep nicely. Good enough for company, or a tea party! In fact, Jaymie may make this for the Victoria Day weekend "Tea with the Queen" event held in Queensville, Michigan. Unless she finds some other recipe first…and that’s a hint!


A snapshot of vintage wares
from Victoria's kitchen.

Strawberry Banana 
White Chocolate Loaf

Adapted from the recipe for Strawberry Banana Loaf, a Jean Paré recipe from Muffins & More of the Company’s Coming cookbook series. Publication date is 1983.

Yield: 
One 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf. 

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

¼ cup cooking oil

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup mashed strawberries

½ cup mashed bananas

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup rolled oats

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp salt

¾ cup white chocolate chips 


Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pan and set aside.

2 - In mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Stir in oil, sugar, strawberries and bananas.

3 - In separate bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4 - Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to moisten. Add white chocolate chips.

5 - Turn into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6 - Cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan to cool on rack.

7 - Wrap well (I used wax paper because it doesn't stick) and allow to ripen 
one day. 




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Now, I found the loaf moist and delicious as is, but if you would like a spread, instead of butter, try this!


Strawberry
Cream Cheese Spread


Directions: Blend an eight (8) ounce package or tub of cream cheese with two (2) tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and some fresh strawberries, creaming by hand or in a blender. I added a few finely chopped strawberries to the mix after the blending, because I like how it looks and tastes with a few pieces of strawberry.

Spread it on slices of Strawberry Banana White Chocolate Loaf, or raisin toast!

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You can read more about Jaymie Leighton and her collections in A Deadly Grind, the first book in the new Berkley Prime Crime Vintage Kitchen Mysteries cozy series, by visiting Victoria's website here.



Meet the Author 

Victoria Hamilton is the new incarnation of a nationally bestselling romance author. She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. Besides writing about murder and mayhem and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria loves collecting vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups. 

You can find out more and read an excerpt from A Deadly Grind by visiting Victoria at http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com.

Check Victoria out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton

Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

Victoria's Blog: http://vintagekitchenmysteries.blogspot.com


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Thanks again to Victoria for joining us today. To find out who won her giveaway, hit the "comments" button below and scroll to the end.