Sunday, July 9, 2017

Welcome Victoria Hamilton!

A warm welcome to our guest Victoria Hamilton. Victoria writes two bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson. Her next release is MUFFIN TO FEAR. Victoria always has terrific giveaways and today is no exception. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address to enter.

Rosemary Cheddar Apple Scones

When I was a kid I could not understand my father’s food preferences. He would take a perfectly good slice of apple pie and ruin it with a slab of cheddar cheese! Yuck! Of course, the man’s favorite sandwich was a Spanish onion slice a half inch thick and as big around as his fist between two slices of white bread, so, cheddar on apple pie was not so strange. There are lots of people who like cheese on their apple pie, so it seems that apples and cheddar go together. I, however, have a sweet tooth, so apple pie, in my world, is topped by ice cream or whipped cream. I haven’t changed, however I do get savory and sweet as a combination now.

The notion for the scones came to me when I saw how fast my rosemary was growing this summer! It’s gorgeous, but I needed to trim it back. Being frugal by nature, I trimmed my lovely rosemary plant, took the cuttings into the kitchen, then proceeded to buy twelve dollars worth of good cheddar, a couple of bucks of butter and a four dollar container of heavy cream to make these Rosemary Cheddar Apple Scones.

They are worth every penny!

Apple Cheddar Scones with Rosemary
(makes 12 – 15, depending on how you roll them out and cut them)

1 ½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup butter
4 oz old cheddar, grated
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup peeled, shredded apples, packed down (about 2 - 3 small-to-medium apples)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon cold milk or water (if necessary)

Cut the cold butter into small cubes, then cut into the flour using a pastry cutter or your fingers, breaking down the cubes of butter just until the pieces are smaller than a pea. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbles.

Stir in the grated cheddar, baking powder, salt, sugar and rosemary.

In a separate bowl combine the shredded apples and the beaten egg. Gently fold this with the flour mixture in a large bowl until the dough just comes together. If it’s too dry to do this (it was for me) add a splash of milk or cream. I used 35% cream because… well, why not? Do not overmix. Once the dough comes together, form it into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Press out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a roughly square or rectangular shape about ¾ inch tall. Cut using a sharp cookie cutter or biscuit cutter. I love my antique biscuit cutter because it gives a pretty edge to the scones. Or… you can form it into a circle and cut it into 8 wedges, separate the wedges on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart from one another. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until tops are golden-brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

I made these and they turned out delicious, but… I think I broke the cardinal rule of baking; I didn’t make sure my baking powder was fresh. These should have risen more. I’d be interested in your results. However… OMG, the combination of the cheddar and apple was to die for. Now I get it; my Daddy would be pleased, and he would enjoy these delicious scones.

Clearly I love using vintage kitchen tools and serving pieces. The pink teacup is Depression glass, a rare 1940s Canadian pattern by Dominion called Saguenay. The shredder is from the 1930s, patented as the Wonder Shredder, and the lovely saucer is so pretty, but I have no clue of the pattern. Does anyone know what this pretty little pattern with the bird and a little bee is called? The knife is unusual; I do love a different knife, but I really have no information about it other than that!

So… enjoy the scones, everybody, with or without the tea, and comment to enter the giveaway!

Comment to enter to win a copy of Muffin to Fear, a Cozy up to a great mystery! mug,  bookmark, a Cozy up to a great mystery! pen and fridge magnet. Open to US and Canadian addresses only! Entries will be open until Midnight, July 12th.

I hope you all enjoy Muffin to Fear, #5 in the Merry Muffin Mysteries! Here’s a little about it:
About Muffin to Fear
In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry’s home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it’s a miracle they get a show produced at all.

It all goes from bad to worse when the show’s psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry’s property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.

About Victoria Hamilton:
Victoria Hamilton is the national bestselling author of two bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. 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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  1. How have I missed this series? Must correct the situation ASAP.

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love scones. And yes, I have some vintage kitchen goods and love incorporating them in my kitchen. I love browsing vintage shops for wonderful finds. Some of mine are hand me downs from grandmothers and great grandmothers. Lot of love handed down.

  3. I love scones. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway and recipe!!

  5. I've never had a scone! Your recipe and book both sound delicious.

  6. Can't wait to try this scone recipe. Cheers at marjimmanor dot com

  7. The scones look yummy. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for a chance to win! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to read the book!! mcastor07(at)gmail (dot)com

  9. I love baking scones, and I have rosemary growing at my place, so thanks for this recipe.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  10. I will have to try this recipe, it sounds amazing, I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks as always for your generosity.

  11. Sounds like your dad and my grandfather had exactly the same taste in apples and cheddar cheese. Brings back great memories of time spent with him. Would love to readj your book!

  12. Love the recipe. Looks like great cozy mystery.


  13. The recipe sounds like a delectable combination of sweet and savory. I need to acquaint myself with this series. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway opportunity! bskts4unme (at) hotmail (dot) com

  14. I agree that cheddar cheese on apple pie is just weird...and I love cheese. However, these scones do sound delicious and I'm ready to try that combo!

    Can't wait to read MUFFIN TO FEAR, love the paranormal aspect!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

  15. I haven't made scones in a long time. This sounds like a wonderful recipe. I will certainly enjoy them with my new Mystery Mug of tea while reading your book. :) I have another strange combo. I challenge you to try it and see how you like it. It's peanut butter(natural kind) with Dijon mustard and sliced Vidalia onions (must be Vidalia)...on whatever choice of bread you like. You put the peanut butter on first, then a thin spread of mustard topped with the sliced onions. Enjoy! BTW: on FB, I'm Joanne Gadzinski. I don't use my Google account, but I guess it's the one used on this website. Just the same, it's still me. lol

  16. The scones look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe! And thank you for the chance to win!

  17. I cant wait to try this recipe. I love this series. I have some really pretty pieces of pink depression glass. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

  18. This recipe....yummy.als(at)foxgull(dot)com

  19. I love the series and will send the recipe to my youngest daughter to play with (she's the baker). I don't know when the local library will get around to buying the new book so I hope I'm your lucky winner.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Book sounds great and the scones yummy!!

  21. I love apples and cheddar so this is a must-try recipe. Thanks!

  22. I love baking scones! This recipe will be the next one I make.
    I really have enjoyed reading your Merry Muffin Mystery series, and the Vintage Kitchen series. Looking forward to the next books.

  23. LOL!!!! Your scones don't sound too frugal, but they do sound delicious!! sharonquiltsatyahoodotcom

  24. Those scones look beautiful, Victoria. Welcome back to the Kitchen, and happy congratulations on the publication of the new title in your Merry Muffin Mysteries series! xoxo ~ Cleo

  25. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep writing this series. I love the stories and ADORE the recipes. I am the person who makes the recipes. Apple scone up next!!!!

  26. Scones sound and look delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe and a chance
    to win.
    Carol Smith

  27. Great Series, scones good anytime, made anyway!

  28. Thanks for the great giveaway. Love scones.

  29. If I were still able to bake would try the scones. But for now just wish I could taste them Love a good mystery so hooe to win

  30. I love the recipe, And I'm thrilled with the opportunity to win your latest. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. The scones look delicious and thanks for the tip/reminder about baking powder. I am looking forward to the new book, thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Looking forward to reading # 5 in the Muffin Mystery series. And the recipe.....just in time for our book club's annual English Tea. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  33. The book and scones sound really great! Thanks for interducing us to them!

  34. The scones sound delicious and your book sounds like hit. I'd love to read it.Thanks for offering this lovely package for us to win.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  35. You had me at scone, but this raises scones to a whole new level!

  36. This news to me, too! What a great way to be introduced to your the giveaway, lol!