Today I am so pleased to welcome Annabeth Albert to Joyfully Jay. Annabeth has come to talk to us about her latest release, Trust with a Chaser. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Annabeth a big welcome!
A Perfect Summer Recipe
Greetings! I’m so delighted to be here today. I’m celebrating the release of TRUST WITH A CHASER, my summer romance featuring a May/December pairing between a hot cop and a younger bar owner. Food is a huge part of this book and this series as my hero, Mason, and his friends are opening a tavern with an emphasis on local food and drink. I had so much fun coming up with food for them to serve and more casual food for Mason to cook Nash, his co-hero.
To celebrate the book’s release, I wanted to share with you my personal favorite summer recipe, one that I’ve perfected over the last decade and a half. To me, nothing says summer like cobbler, and my cobbler is very special because it can be made to suit a variety of food allergies/dietary needs and still come out AMAZING. This makes a big 11×13 pan. Feel free to halve it, but I guarantee you that the 11×13 size will get eaten. Leftovers make an incredible breakfast.
Annabeth’s Amazing Cobbler
4-6 pints of berries (I use a generous amount of berries in mine because we adore the fruit part. 3 pints and a smaller pan will give you more topping/less fruit. I love a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, but go for whatever’s local and in season. Also 6 large, ripe peaches that have been sliced can be subbed).
1 tablespoon cornstarch (or flour mix of choice. If your berries look incredibly saucy, go to 2 tablespoons)
¼ to ½ cup sweetener of choice (I use stevia in the raw, but any sugar or sweetener works here, even honey. I use the smaller amount of sweetener because we love letting the tart flavor of the berries be the star.)
2 cups flour of choice (I use King Arthur’s GF Blend, but regular flour also works terrific)
¾ cup sweetener of choice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
½ cup melted and cooled butter OR neutral oil like light Olive or Canola
2 containers vanilla yogurt (I use triple zero but non-dairy yogurts can work well here too) OR 1 heaping cup plain yogurt OR 1 cup milk of choice + 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
1. Preheat oven to 375. Toss fruit with cornstarch and sugar/sweetener and spread in an 11×13 pan. I use a deep dish Pyrex.
2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil/butter, and yogurt and mix well. This will be a THICK batter.
3. Drop batter by tablespoons on the top of the cobbler.
4. Set cobbler on a cookie sheet in the oven. (Important! This cobbler WILL run over! Save your oven and use a large sheet under the pan!). Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the topping is puffy, golden, and a fork comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling with thick juices.
5. Serve at once or at room temperature. Fresh whipped cream is the perfect accompaniment!
What is your favorite summer food? Got a recipe to share? Thank you so much for having me, and I hope you consider adding TRUST WITH A CHASER to your summer reading. If you make the cobbler and enjoy it, I’d love to hear from you, or if you have a different favorite cobbler, I’m always looking to tweak mine!
One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…
Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.
Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.
When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?
Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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