Ana’s note: Tara is one of two authors giving F/F her first try for Love Spanks! I am thrilled to see authors expanding their range. (Tara usually writes M/F.) Plus, she always has the cutest cartoons and video trailers for her books.
Since my Love Spanks 2015 contribution features cupcakes, it seemed appropriate to offer up a dessert recipe. Unfortunately, baking is not my forte. My husband traded in some rewards points many moons ago for a Kitchenaid stand mixer, perhaps hoping I would expand my culinary horizons beyond different permutations of stir-fry. The monstrously heavy appliance has moved with us to three different countries, but it spends most of its days gathering dust.
I came to the realization not too long ago that any dessert I attempt would have to be simple, easy and fast. The creaming method is not for me (though my real-life hero uses it with enough skill to produce delicious brownies, when the mood strikes, which happens about once every two years). I also have a weakness for tea. I drink at least a pot a day, usually more, and I’ve dropped obscene amounts of cash at both the physical and online versions of Teavana.
And thus I present Tea-Infused Shortbread (it’s more delicious than it sounds, I promise). It’s based on Claire Robinson’s Food Network Recipe, though I’ve made a few minor adjustments to make it “me”-proof.
A How-To for Non-Bakers (for emergency situations such as community potlucks)
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
- Take out a digital scale. Cover it in plastic wrap. Turn it on.
- Detach the top part/clear plastic container from the food processor. Put it on the scale. Press tare.
- Add 255grams (9oz) of all-purpose flour. Press tare.
- Move the container back to the food processor. Add ½ a teaspoon of salt.
- Peruse your tea collection. I suggest a black tea, but you definitely do not need to stick to the classic Earl Grey. My favorites are Strawberry Pu-errh and Cacao Mint Black, but I think Chai would also work very well (cinnamon and cloves, what can go wrong?). Once you’ve sniffed around and have settled on the prefect scent, add 2 tablespoons of loose tea leaves to the mix.
- Pulse until the tea is spread throughout the flour.
- Return container to the scale. Press tare.
- Add 85 grams (3oz) of powdered/confectioner’s sugar. Press tare. (p.s. I’ve had decent results lowering this to 50 grams.)
- Add 227 grams (8oz/1cup/2 sticks) of room-temperature unsalted butter. (If you, like me, forgot to let the butter sit outside the fridge ahead of time, I suggest reading a good collection of short stories full of spanking fun while you wait).
- Reattach the container to the food processor
- Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
- Pulse until you get a single piece of dough.
- Put the dough in plastic wrap and roll it into a log about 6.5cm (2.5in) in diameter. Twist both ends of the wrap to seal it.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 min.
- Unwrap the log and slice it into disks about 0.8cm (⅓ in) thick.
- Place disks on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or two). Make sure they’re all separated from each other by at least 5cm (2in).
- Bake until the edges are light brown (12 min).
- Let it cool on the sheet(s) for 5 min.
- Transfer cookies to a rack and let it cool to room temperature (don’t forget to taste!)
What do you think? It’s the easiest cookie recipe I’ve found, to be honest. More importantly, there’s next to no clean up (parchment paper is awesome).
About the Author
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, she enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines into exotic contemporary locales, supernatural worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after.
Just Desserts (her Love Spanks story) is Tara’s first foray into F/F fiction, written to escape the wrath of a certain someone’s wooden spoon. She does, however, have a good number of M/F romances under her belt. Her most recent project is A Witch’s Night Out, a series of paranormal tales for Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand line. Flirting with Fire features a clueless warlock, his fed-up cat familiar, and the magic of All Hallows’ Eve. It is followed by Frosty Relations and Fireworks at Midnight. All three contain explicit sex. None include spanking, but the same cannot be said about some of this author’s other works.
To learn more about Tara’s books and social media haunts, visit her website: www.taraquan.com