Once again, I am delighted to host a giveaway courtesy of our friends at Hoffman Media, and this time it's a hardback book I know many of you will want, "Tea & Scones: The Ultimate Collection of Recipes for Teatime." I've received a copy from them myself, and now one of you can win a copy as well!
If you haven't made scones in a while, I can assure you that this book will get you in the mood for baking. Since I regularly have one cup of canned pumpkin left over from something or other in the fall, I was happy to find a recipe calling for precisely that amount of pumpkin. And since my dad has been sending me home with sweet potatoes far more often than we are able to consume them at this house, I was equally pleased to find several recipes for sweet potato scones. The caramel ones shown in the book had me drooling, but then blueberry is a perennial favorite type of scone, although I could easily be swayed to try something new like Rooibos-Infused Cherry Scones, one of the savory scones (perfect accompaniment for fall soups!), or the gluten-free Vanilla-Pear Scones I could enjoy with a friend who eats gluten-free foods. In other words, there is pretty much something for every taste!
The book also includes recipes from 12 different tearoom owners, all of whom tell the story of how they came to open a tearoom. I was so happy to see Miss Spenser's Special-Teas of Longview Farms in New Virginia, Iowa, included. Even though I've not yet had the pleasure of visiting, I've "met" owner Donna Hardin in cyberspace and consider myself a fan!
This book was originally published in 2011 as "Scones & Tea," and this updated version has an expanded gluten-free section as well as some great how-to photos. I particularly enjoyed seeing the step-by-step photos for how to prepare fruit scones so that fruit is incorporated throughout. Very helpful!
So if you'd like to win a copy of this book, just leave an "Enter me" type comment between now and 7 a.m. EST Monday, October 24, and you'll be entered to win. (US only, please.) I'll collect your contact info, and Hoffman Media will mail the book directly to the winner. And if you can't wait and would like to go ahead and order a copy of this book for yourself, just click here!