Please welcome my friend Julie Flanders. Julie is an accomplished author of novels that keep you on the suspenseful edge of your seat. Take it away, Julie!
Thank you so much, Brinda for swapping blogs with me today! I am thrilled to be here at your site and I have a fun and tasty holiday recipe to share.
This recipe relates to my novel The Ghosts of Aquinnah because the book is set on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and the Vineyard has a long history of cranberry cultivation. The first English settlers on the island noted the native Wampanoag tribe’s use of cranberries in cooking and quickly incorporated the idea into their own recipes.
Part of my novel takes place in 1884 and I like to imagine my main character Stella Winslow possibly making a cranberry coffee cake like this one.
I found this recipe and am sharing it from the wonderful blog Barefeet In The Kitchen.
Cranberry Christmas Cake
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
12 oz fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. The eggs work as your leavening agent in this recipe, so do not skip this step. This mixture should form a ribbon when you lift the beaters out of the bowl. Add the butter and vanilla; mix two more minutes. Stir in the flour until just combined. Add the cranberries and stir to mix throughout.
Spread in a buttered 9x13 pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting into small slices.Blurb
If you decide to try this I hope you enjoy it!
A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.
Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.
By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.
Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.
She shakes her head.
For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.
Who is she? ...
Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.
What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?
Hannah finds out.
But, it’s not at all what she expects...
Hannah unravels a century old murder.
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Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.
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