Monday, February 6, 2012

Romantic Reads and Treats

First the delightful read: Sara Ramsey's Heiress Without A Cause, first in the Muses of Mayfair series, about a group of women who each have a secret artistic vocation in Regency England. Exclusively on Nook until the 24th, and then at all your other favorite on-line vendors.

Is the cover not stunning?You can read more about Sara's lovely debut here at the Dashing Duchesses blog.

To enjoy with our new read, a serving of decadent Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes.... I'll take mine served in bed, please. :)





  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry or vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 4 teaspoons butter, divided


  • In a blender, combine the batter ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, combine the cheese, confectioners' sugar, basil and lemon juice. Gently fold in strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, orange juice, extract and salt. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Melt 1 teaspoon butter in an 8-in. nonstick skillet over medium heat; pour about 1/4 cup batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between.
  • Spoon filling over crepes; roll up. Serve with strawberry topping. Yield: 8 crepes.


Glynis said...

Catching up on your posts, Gillian.

The cover is gorgeous! I am certain the crepes are too, but my diet will fail if I try them. *sigh*

I love the cookie in the previous post, it is most tempting.

Gillian Layne said...

So nice of you to stop by, Glynis!

I refuse to think the word "diet" until the Valentine's day candy is off the store shelves. :)

Mary said...

They really sound delicious. I hope there is someone in your life to serve them to you in bed.I love your blog.I never leave here empty handed.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Gillian Layne said...

Mary, you are so sweet. Please stop back by any time. :)

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