Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Welcome Author Victoria Hamilton with Fresh-Baked Scones and a Cozy Tote Giveaway!

No Mallets Intended
A Vintage Kitchen Mystery

It's my pleasure to welcome author Victoria Hamilton back to our Kitchen! 

Today Victoria is sharing a lovely recipe for fresh-baked scones; news about her new Vintage Kitchen Mystery, No Mallets Intended; and a fun comment-to-win giveaway. 

Details of the giveaway are below. But first, please welcome Victoria Hamilton... 

~ Cleo

I love tea and scones, so I suppose it is no mystery that when Jaymie, my protagonist from the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, was casting about for something easy to give away or sell to folks at the Dickens Days festivities in Queensville Michigan, she decided upon scones; in No Mallets Intended they are lemon cranberry mini scones. 

This recipe is close to one I have used before, but I did a few things differently this time. And I love scones far too much to make them mini, so these are full size. I also made a lemon drizzle for the scones, AND toasted candied pecans to chop and sprinkle over the drizzle. It’s over-the-top good, perfect for an afternoon tea, or brunch, or just… well anytime! I think they are kind of festive.

Make the toasted pecans first. You won’t regret it, and your main problem will be keeping from eating them all before the scones are done!

Cranberry Lemon Scones 
with Lemon Glaze & 
Toasted Maple Pecans 

From the kitchen of: Victoria Hamilton 

Toasted Maple Pecans


1 Cup Pecans 

1 Tblsp. Butter

1 Tblsp. Maple Syrup

1 Tblsp. Brown Sugar (I used Golden)

1/4 tsp salt


1 – Heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

2 – Melt the butter and brown sugar in a bowl in the microwave or a small pot on the stove.

3 – Add the maple syrup and salt, and stir to mix.

4 – Add pecans and stir until they are coated.

5 – Pour the pecans on a parchment lined tray and place in oven.

6 – Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn! I did them in a toaster oven, and they turned out perfect!

7 – Remove from oven and let them cool on the tray. I stirred them a bit when they first came out of the oven and then spread them out to make sure they didn’t stick to each other.

These are awesome even as a snack or an ice cream topping, but these are to chop and sprinkle over the scones.

Lemony Cranberry Scones 
with Lemon Glaze



1-3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

5 tblsp. cold butter, chopped

2/3 cup buttermilk (Because I didn’t have any, I used the buttermilk cheat, which is milk with vinegar/lemon juice, and the scones turned out just great!)

1-1/2 tblsp. lemon juice

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. lemon extract – I like the extra boost of the lemon extract.

3/4 cup dried cranberries (I used Ocean Spray Craisins, which are sweetened)


1 tblsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. lemon extract

1-1/2 tblsp. milk

3/4 cup powdered aka icing sugar


1 – Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment, or use a silicone baking sheet. Or use a no stick baking sheet, as I did!

2 – In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.

3 – Chop in the cold butter with a fork or pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly, or do as I did and rub it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles oatmeal. If you rub the butter in, be sure to leave the texture of the dry ingredients mealy.

4 – Add in the buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon extract and dried cranberries. Mix until just incorporated.

5 – Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a circle about one knuckle deep. Yes, one knuckle. That’s how I measured, using the distance from my thumb knuckle to the end of my thumb, OR if you’re a real science measuring nut, that’s about ¾ of an inch thick.

6 – Slice into eighths. I used a cleaver to make the cuts, (I use the cleaver for a lot of things, including cutting pizza) but you can use a knife or pizza cutter, whatever is clean.

7 – Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

8 - Make the glaze while the scones cool simply by mixing the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.

9 – Drizzle over the cooled scones, or glaze them, whichever you prefer. Then sprinkle with some of the chopped Toasted Maple Pecans.

These scones are really good, lemony and light, but not too sweet. They are best the same day they are made. Now, make a cup of tea and curl up with a cozy mystery and a scone!


About No Mallets Intended 

Jaymie Leighton is excited and a little nervous about her current big venture, completely redoing the kitchen at Dumpe House—now the Queensville Historic Manor—in time for the December opening. But the house is mired in controversy, a challenge to the heritage society’s right to own it, and questions about the author hired to write a pamphlet detailing the Dumpe family history.

Jaymie just keeps her focus on the exact color right for the kitchen, and assembling all the accouterments, including a Hoosier cabinet! She’s also got much to think about in her personal life with Daniel acting a little odd, and her friend Heidi dragging her in to the trouble between her and her fiancé, Jaymie’s former boyfriend Joel.

But a late night whack on the head with one of the antique mallets Jaymie has been cataloging for the society and a dreadful murder right on the house’s doorstep draws her once again into murder and mayhem. Jaymie faces her most cunning and dangerous opponent yet, but with Valetta by her side and the police chief’s approval, she must figure out whodunit before they do it again!


Victoria Hamilton is the author of three nationally bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries as Victoria, and the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

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Leave a Comment on this post
by Thursday, Nov. 6 at 12 Midnight,
and you will be entered to win a copy of
No Mallets Intended, Victoria's new
Vintage Kitchen Mystery, and this
fun "Cozy Up to a Good Mystery"
tote bag!


  1. Cranberry Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze &Toasted Maple Pecans recipe looks yummy! I am drooling over the pictures. :) Victoria Hamilton is a new author for me, and I am looking forward to reading No Mallets Intended.

    1. I forgot to add my email: myrifraf (at) gmail.com

      Thank you :)

  2. Looks yummy! This would make a great Thanksgiving breakfast. :D

  3. Yummy recipe...thank you for the chance to win, I hope to get a chance to read this fun novel :)

  4. Just can't wait to try the scones.

  5. These sound delicious--right for the season, and with a great blend of tart and sweet, soft and crunchy. I'll add them to my endless "Must Make" list.

  6. oh my. I love scones. have never made them, now I really want to! Victoria, your books are wonderful! thank you for sharing them with us!



  7. This book looks wonderful! I can't wait to try your recipe

  8. I own the first three books in this wonderful series and I love the recipes. I can always use another carry bag too. I'd love to add book 4 to my collection.


  9. I promise that if you send me these goodies, I will bake some scones, make tea, and begin reading!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  10. Fantastic. This book looks great.

  11. Scones are my favorite indulgence. So tempting. Thanks. Beautiful start to a day. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Delectable scones and love lemon which is my favorite flavor. Tea and scones are perfect for fall and winter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. The bakery near me has the most delicious lemon cranberry scones. I think I need to run out and get one now. kphans08@gmail.com

  14. The book sounds great, can't wait to read it.


  15. I love scones and your recipes sounds like they would be easy to make. Wishing you much success with your latest release. It's a great series.

  16. I love tea! Scones go great with any cup of tea. Do you have a favorite tea? I like them all, but lately loving Earl Grey! Yum! Thank you for the recipe. I think I'll jot it down & see if my daughter will give it a try. She's the baker in the family. :-)

  17. Oh my I just enjoy these cozy mysteries so very much and I would love to read this one. The storyline is a real winner.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

  18. Yummy! Can't wait to read this book.

  19. The book looks great and so do the pecans!!

    sbandjz at yahoo dot com

  20. Yummy!!! Looking forward to trying them!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  21. yummy recipes and great giveaway -- going to make the scones tomorrow. jody.714@hotmail.com

  22. Love this series! Hope I win!

  23. Oh, they sound so yummy!
    Loved the first in his series - looking forward to more!
    Won the bag already bu my Mom was jealous and wants one too!


  24. I look forward to your new books with great anticipation. :-) Looking at the pictures of the scones it appears they are served on "Friendly Village" china? I believe this was one of my mother's favorites. (She did have many different sets of dishes and many large cabinets!)

  25. I love the tote, recipe sounds wonderful too ! kathambre@yahoo.com

  26. Love the tote bag and wish I could be the winner. Thank you for giving away such a nice gift.

  27. Wow the scones look good! And thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Sounds like a great book. Love these type. sclickner@juno.com

  29. I'm not a baker, but I just might attempt these scones...they sound great. Can't wait to read the book!

  30. Scones and tea are a favorite of mine. Looking forward to the book, miller1563@tx.rr.com

  31. Sure could have enjoyed one of those scones, this morning! Congratulations, Victoria...happy release day! I'm looking forward to reading "No Mallets Intended".

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  32. Oh im going to the market after work!! These look to DIE for!

  33. Both the book and the recipe look great!


  34. Welcome to MLK! What a lovely recipe; looks like a great new series! Congrats!

    Daryl aka Avery

  35. These recipes sound delicious! The combination of flavors in the scones sounds great! I would love to read this book. =)
    melissasbooksnks at gmail dot com

  36. I love this series and look forward to reading the newest. And now I'm hungry!

  37. Looks like a great cozy mystery.


  38. Thank you for the recipe, makes me hungry.

  39. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks delicious. I have had a weakness for scones for years.

  40. The cranberry lemon scones look particularly delicious, and the new book sounds wonderful too. I always wondered if you could bake scones without having a real scone baking dish, and now I know you can. Thanks! rencw@verizon.net

  41. Thanks for posting the wonderful recipes. I hadn't heard of your books until just now. Yay! A new-to-me author!

  42. Sue Farrell