Love Restored: Zucchini Cake

Love Restored cover

Love Restored is definitely a love story. And it’s attraction at first sight between Graham and Blake. But it’s also a long way from the first meeting at a construction site to a couple in love. She has a past she’s running away from, he has a past that has changed him forever. They both have painful memories and are so damn afraid of being hurt again, that they almost miss their chance of happiness.

And since I fell for Graham, I’ve chosen two excerpts of him. Carrie Ann Ryan knows her men, that’s all I have to say about these.

He never got over it; never let it leave his mind. But he worked through it, buried it when he needed to, and found a way to live when not living had almost seemed like a better choice.
(4% Kindle edition)

And when the pieces fell around him, he’d pick them up. It was what he was good at, after all. Restoring what was once lost, what could never be perfectly whole again.
(71% Kindle edition)

For this blogpost I chose to make zucchini cake because of Maya Montgomery. She’s pregnant and has these cravings. For cakes. And zucchini cake was one of them.

The Recipe
500 g zucchiniZucchini cake
200 g butter
1,5 dl coconut sugar
3 eggs
6 dl wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cardamom
0,5 dl Laphroaig single malt whisky
2 dl double cream
200 g turkish yoghourt
0,5 tsp of vanilla powder
1,5 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs caster sugar
6 sheets of gelatin (approx 10 g)
freshly squeezed juice of half an orange
grated peel of one orange
200 g cream cheese
80 g icing sugar
pecan nuts

1. Take a spring form (22 cm in diameter), but baking paper on bottom. Then grease and flour the egdes. Preheat the oven to 175 ºC.
2. Grate the zucchini. Mix the flour, baking powder and cardamom together.
3. Beat the soft butter and sugar with electric mixer until you have light consistency. Add eggs one at the time. If the batter curdles, add some flour.
4. Fold in half of the flour mixture, then add the grated zucchini and whisky. It doesn’t need to be Laphroaig, but if possible, prefer smoky and peaty Islay whisky for this cake. Mix properly and then fold in the rest of the flour mix.
5. Pour the batter into the spring form, bake it for 60 -70minutes, until done. Then let it cool inside the form.
6. Take tha gelatine sheets and sink them in cold water. Make the whipped cream, then the caster sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and fold in the turkish yoghourt.
7. Squeeze the orange juice, pour it into a kettle and bring it to boil. Then take the gelatine sheets, squeeze the excess water out of them and mix them with hot orange juice. Mix thoroughly to avoid any lumps.
8. Whisk the cream-yoghourt- mixture constantly while gradually pouring in the orange juice in thin stream.
9. Take the cake out of the form, clean the form edges. Cut the cake in half, set the bottom half back in the form. Then pour the cream-yoghourt filling on top of it. Set the top half of the cake on top. Let it set at least four hours in the fridge.
10. Mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar and orange chest. Spread it over the cake, decorate with pecan nuts. Serve with a good cup of coffee.

Love Restored (Gallagher Brothers Book 1)Love Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What did I think? I loved it, I fell for Graham the moment he was introduced in the book. Oh, and how I loved the fact, that the characters weren’t kids in their twenties, but adults, real grown-ups.

Graham Gallagher, oldest of the Gallagher brothers, is a loner. He relies on his three younger brothers, but other than that, he’s pretty hostile towards anyone else. Especially now, when the one month of the year is nearing. The one time of the year, when his past gets a hold of him in the worst kind of a way. In a way, that makes him more of an asshole than he usually is. The pain is just too much.

Blake has a secret. A past she’s running away from and so far she’s done pretty well at it. Well, until she runs into Graham on a building site . The dislike is mutual. So is the immediate attraction. But she can’t afford to let someone close.

And that’s what this book is about, can grunting and growling, inked & pierced, bearded guy find his happiness with reserved, self protecting inked woman?

I love the way Carrie Ann Ryan has portrayed her hot, sexy bearded males. And her independent, witty females. The story flow is effortless and this book was definitely binge-read material. The only thing that I was little disappointed, was the ending. Don’t get me wrong, it was the very ending I wanted for the characters. But it was too quick ‘n’ easy. Other than that, I definitely recommend.

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