FRIDAY FEAST with Shona Husk

Greetings from our first Friday Feast for 2012! And what a great year it’s going to be with a fantastic line up of guest authors interspersed with the occasional ramble from me.

This week I’m delighted to welcome paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk to the series, and not just because of the drool-worthy recipe she’s about to share. Shona’s August 2011 release, The Goblin King, the first in a paranormal romance trilogy about cursed Celtic heroes and their struggle to be free of the Shadowlands, has been generating loads of buzz in romance land, with good reason. Everyone I know who’s read it, loves it and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck into my copy.

But Shona’s here to celebrate in indulgent chocolately style the release on January 31st of her novella, BRIGHTWATER BLOOD, from Samhain Publishing. How cool is that title? My mind starts swirling just reading it. But have a listen to this blurb:

To survive, they’ll have to think outside the circle.

Were-lion Lachlan Garvey is closing in on the Brightwater women, the last of a Shamanic line that the Council wants eradicated for their murderous use of magic. One minute he’s in his animal form, examining a dead body in a patch of charred grass. The next, he wakes up human – naked, shot, and lying in a circle of his own blood.

Dayna Brightwater is sure the man she’s bound with a blood spell is the one who just murdered her twin sister. Yet even if she did have the stomach for revenge killing, she doesn’t have the power. But what to do with him now? If she lets him go, he’ll kill her, too.

Trapped in the path of a deadly magical fire, Lachlan has to think fast–and talk faster–to convince the beautiful Shaman he’s innocent. As the roaring flames creep closer, Dayna must choose. Trust Lachlan and use magic to save them both…or flee. And live with the knowledge she caused his death, proving that no Brightwater is capable of love.

Warning: Contains a naked hero who’ll do anything to save his life…including saving hers.

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Well, it’s available for pre-order direct from the publisher and on Kindle, so start clicking!

Anyway, enough from me. Take it away, Shona.

 

I love to cook, especially if it involves chocolate. Ice cream, brownies, cookies. Yum. Of course my family reaps the benefit of these tasty treats.

Today I’m going to share a recipe that started as a bit of a challenge. I wanted Toblerone brownies (who wouldn’t, brownies and Toblerone in one mouthful, yum!). The internet was most unhelpful so I set about amending a recipe I had. I have since modified this recipe again so make white chocolate and raspberry brownies (OMG to die for!)

The best part of this recipe is that it’s all done in 1 pot and you don’t need beaters, so there’s very little mess.

If you don’t like chocolate, or calories, look away now.

TOBLERONE BROWNIES

 

Ingredients:

200g unsalted butter chopped

125g dark cooking chocolate

250g brown sugar

3 medium size eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

250g all purpose (plain) flour

40g cocoa powder

125g Toblerone chopped (or choc chips)

100g Toblerone chopped extra. (I like dark, but milk also works or you could mix and match)

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180C

Line a rectangular cake pan/lamington pan (33 x 23cm) with baking paper.

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted.

Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Then stir in flour and cocoa. Mix well. (I use a whisk)

Add 125g chopped Toblerone and pour mixture into cake pan.

Bake approximately 20-30 minutes. If you like them fudgy 20 mins, or if you like them cakey 30 mins (I always go for fudgy so they are squishy in the middle).

Take out of oven. Sprinkle with chopped extra Toblerone and press into brownies—gently.

Cool, cut and eat. (in that order—trust me they do not cut well hot and they taste better cold)

These will keep in the fridge for four days…maybe longer but I’ve never had the chance to find out as they get eaten too fast.

Because Brightwater Blood is set in Margret River I thought I should offer a wine selection to go with the brownies. I’m not much of a port drinker but hubby recommends Gralyn Cellars White Port.

 

Phew! Now that’s what I call an indulgent recipe. Thanks, Shona. I think I’m going to test this out on my niece and nephews when they come to visit. That way I’ll get to try a slice while remaining safe in the knowledge there won’t be any leftovers for me to scoff.

If you’d like to learn more about Shona and her wonderful paranormal and fantasy romances, please visit her website. You can also keep in touch with Shona via FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

All this chocolate has given me severe cravings, but seeing as I’m trying to be good at the moment – boring, I know – I have to live vicariously through others so would love to hear about your favourite chocolate indulgence. Come on, fess up. I’m sure you have plenty!

0 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Shona Husk

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I know! Isn’t it just luscious? As if Toblerones weren’t yumptious enough on their own. Thanks for popping by and commenting, Roxanlita. And good luck with that baking.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      That’s exactly my reaction when I saw Shona’s post, ayoungfoodie. MUST MAKE! I’m also really keen to try the white chocolate and raspberry version Shona mentioned. Mmmmm.

      1. AvatarShona Husk

        The raspberry version is adding ½ cup of frozen raspberries (I think, I used too many last time and is was delish but squishy) and ½ cup of white choc bits instead of the 125g of chopped chocolate—and no choc pressed on top.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Imagine reading a fab newly discovered author while eating Toblerone brownies, relaxed in a squishy chair in some cosy, quiet niche with a nice cuppa close at hand. Talk about bliss!

      Thanks for dropping by, Bron. You’ve given me lazy ideas!

  1. Avatarkarly Lane

    OMG love it- going to try it! P.S thanks for the wonderful Goblin King- read it in one day- loved it have pre-ordered Brightwater blood- can’t wait!

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Can’t help feeling jealous that you’ve already read The Goblin King, Karly. I’ve heard such wonderful things and read-in-a-day is one of the best endorsements.

      I think everyone’s going to be baking Toblerone brownies. How can we not!

  2. AvatarSuzi Love

    Ooooh, Shona, definitely something dangerous.
    We’re all running for our kitchens to make it.
    And sounds like it will be great to eat while we read your books.
    All your books sound fantastic and can’t wait to read them.
    Suzi

  3. AvatarAnne Gracie

    Oh, look, I’m sorry, but this is evil! Eeeevillllll! Toblerone is bad enough, brownies are bad enough, but together, Eeeevillllll! How on earth is a girl supposed to concentrate on her writing, let alone watch her diet?

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        My good food behaviour quest flew out the window today with your absolutely delicious butterscotch, Ms Gracie. Bad, baaaad woman! Thank goodness Jim’s taken a liking to it too otherwise I’d be scoffing it all myself.

  4. AvatarAretha zhen

    OMg toblerone n brownies . These two really2 tempted me to disband my diet at once. Nooo too much temptation lol. Woww Shona to be honest you are a new author to me but you really know how to tempt me to read your book by Offering me a very good brownies recipes:)

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I think everyone’s suffering diet distress after seeing this recipe, Aretha. Temptation indeed!

      Shona’s books are just as luscious. You must try them. You won’t be disappointed.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I’m laughing at everyone’s comments. I bet you’re all as boggle-eyed as I was when I first saw Shona’s recipe.

      I thought hard about making these brownies today but I don’t know if my niece and nephews are turning up next week or not, and I’m not about to risk leftovers!

      Thanks for popping by, Mel.

  5. AvatarRachael Johns (@RachaelJohns)

    As usual, i’m late to the party but I’ll definitely be making these. They sound totally divine. And Cathryn, can you have Shona again so she can share her raspberry and white chocolate brownies. I NEED that recipe too 🙂

    1. AvatarShona Husk

      The raspberry brownies are based on this recipe-I just switch things around to make new flavours:

      “The raspberry version is adding ½ cup of frozen raspberries (I think, I used too many last time and is was delish but squishy) and ½ cup of white choc bits instead of the 125g of chopped chocolate—and no choc pressed on top.”

  6. AvatarHelene Young

    How divine! Toblerone Brownies are going to blow any diet out of the water, but what a way to go!!! Although the raspberry version sounds like the perfect way to include three food groups in one hit 😉 so that makes them legit, right?

    Love Celtic heroes so I’ll have to add Goblin King and Brightwater Blood to my TBR pile.

    1. AvatarShona Husk

      Raspberry brownies are practically health food! (well they have fruit in them)

      The only thing better than a Celtic hero is a tortured Celtic hero 🙂 enjoy.

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Thanks for dropping by, Helene. Lovely to see you. And I agree, the raspberry version sounds positively healthy! No excuse not to make it.

        Enjoy your Celtic heroes. Which reminds me, I already have The Goblin King but must add Brightwater Blood to my shopping list.

  7. AvatarKylie Griffin

    I just put on 5kgs LOOKING at that picture of the Toblerone brownies, Shona & Cath. 🙁 Not sure if I should add it to my recipe book or not – sigh.

    I’ve zipped over to the Book Depos. to order THE GOBLIN KING, Shona. As part of my DarkSider Reading Challenge, you’re on the list to read – just have to get this deadline for my 3rd book out of the way and I’m burying myself in my TBR pile and not surfacing until I’ve completed a good binge!!! 🙂 Catch up time!

    1. AvatarShona Husk

      I’ve learned that I’m always on a deadline so I make time to read for 30mins a day regardless. Sometimes that break is just what I need to get going again.

      The trick to these brownies is to only make them when you have people coming over—or better still take them to other people’s houses and then leave them there 🙂

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        That’s going to be my strategy – only make when there are guaranteed visitors. It’s just far too risky otherwise.

        I haven’t had a book binge for ages, Kylie. Like Shona, I have a time set aside each day for reading. Trouble is, the size of my to-be-read pile tells me I need much more than that. Would help if I stopped buying books but that’s just a silly idea!

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