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Celestine Rufus’s Rose-Scented Raspberry Cake Recipe | THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER by Amy Patricia Meadeis Book Tour | MURDER GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

The Garden Club Murder (A Tish Tarragon Mystery) by Amy Patricia Meadeis on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours.  Th...

The Garden Club Murder (A Tish Tarragon Mystery) by Amy Patricia Meadeis on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. 

The tour stops at Readeropolis with a recipe and a giveaway. Enjoy!

In my second Tish Tarragon culinary mystery, THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER, Tish’s baker, Celestine, bakes these floral scented cakes to serve at the garden club’s The Secret Garden themed luncheon. Celestine tops hers with raspberry buttercream frosting, but I think this cake is just as good plain with a tiny dusting of powdered sugar.

Celestine Rufus’s Rose-Scented Raspberry Cake

1/2 cup (85g) butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup (150g) white or golden caster sugar

2 large eggs

½ cup (75g) all-purpose flour

½ cup (55g) almond meal

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup (65g) sour cream

1 cup (115g) fresh or frozen raspberries, defrosted

2 teaspoons rosewater

Icing sugar, to dust

Preheat oven to 350F/180C lightly grease four mini-loaf pans

Use an electric beater to beat butter and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, until combined. Use a metal spoon to fold in half each of the flour, almond meal and baking powder, followed by half the sour cream. Repeat with remaining flour, almond meal and baking powder, and remaining sour cream. Add raspberries and rosewater and stir to combine.

Spoon mixture among prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and stand for 5 minutes, then turn loaves onto a wire rack. Set aside for 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Note: If you do not have mini-loaf pans, you can easily use an 8” x 8” square pan. Grease as instructed and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes and do not invert after baking.

About The Garden Club Murder

The Garden Club Murder (A Tish Tarragon Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Severn House Publishers (September 1, 2019)
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN-10: 0727889443
ISBN-13: 978-0727889447

Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon is preparing her English Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek’s annual garden club awards, but when she is taken on a tour of some of the top contenders with the garden club’s president, Jim Ainsley, Tish is surprised at how seriously the residents take the awards – and how desperate they are to win.
Wealthy, retired businessman Sloane Shackleford has won the coveted best garden category five years in a row, but he and his Bichon Frise, Biscuit, are universally despised. When Sloane’s bludgeoned body is discovered in his pristine garden, Tish soon learns that he was disliked for reasons that go beyond his green fingers. Have the hotly contested awards brought out a competitive and murderous streak in one of the residents?

About Amy Patricia Meade
Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.

After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Now residing in Bristol, England, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing, Amy enjoys traveling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home.
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  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Sep. 16, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  2. This is a new author to me. I really liked the description of the book, looking forward to reading it.


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