Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bake, Love, Write...Week 1

Last Fall, Lois Winston, one of my RWA buddies, edited and contributed to the book, Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing.

Whether you're looking for advice of writing, relationships or baking, I thought this book made a perfect "thank you" gift  to a colleague since she has never met a recipe she didn't want to try. 

Over the next few weeks, I'll feature several of the contributors along with their recipes. Each week, buy links will be included because there may be a recipe that peaks your interest.

Lois Winston: Apple Bundt Cake

The only problem with this cake is that you can’t stop eating it.

5 cooking apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup orange juice
4 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Peel and slice apples. Place in bowl. Add cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix to coat apples. Set aside

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.comFollow everyone on Tsu at, on Pinterest at and onTwitter @anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at

Dale Mayer: Mayer Family Unbaked Cheesecake

Makes one 12” cheesecake.

6 cups graham cracker crumbs
1-1/4 cups margarine or butter, melted
3 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese
3 cups whipping cream
1-3/4 cup icing sugar
2 packages gelatin (Knox)
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup boiling water

Mix crumbs and margarine together in 12” spring-form pan. Spread the mixture along bottom and up sides, pressing firmly.

Optional: bake crust in a 350 degree F. oven until golden brown.

Dissolve 2 packs gelatin in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add 1 cup of boiling water, and 1/2 cup whipping cream.

In blender, chunk cream cheese, add gelatin liquid and 1/2 of the sugar. Blend until well mixed. Let sit.

In another bowl, cream whipping cream and the second half of the sugar until stiff. Pour cream cheese mixture into whipping cream, stirring gently until mixed. Pour into crust. Chill until set.

Fold fresh fruit into mixture at last step or pour half the cream cheese mixture into crust, add layer of fruit, then pour remaining cream cheese mixture. Top cake with fruit puree or chocolate. Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her - and some of them are crazy, break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at and on Facebook at you like Dale Mayer's books and are interested in receiving her newsletter, sign up here -

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Includes contributions by NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes--selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review--with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they've ever received on love and writing. 


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Have a great week, Everyone!


  1. Angela, thanks so much for featuring Bake, Love, Write on your blog.

  2. Oh this sounds neat, I love baking ..will be adding it to my Nook :)

    1. My colleague, aka "Mrs. Bake-it," tried several of the recipes. She left the yummy treats in the staff lounge for us to sample. Thanks for visiting today, Kimba!

  3. I wish someone would bake the apple cake for me!

    1. These recipes are making me wish for Autumn. Thanks for visiting, Vicki!

  4. This would make a great gift for anyone who still cooks. I know very few who still do.

    1. I know several people who aren't know for cooking a dinner, but do like to tinker with baking. Thanks for visiting, Marion!

  5. I love baking! Thanks so much for this post!

  6. My colleague made this cheesecake and shared with the staff. Delicious! Thanks for visiting, Red.