Cherry Cake

I had a house full this week, my niece, her partner and their 5 children visiting and, it being cherry season here in BC, I took the opportunity to make my favorite Cherry Cake. It’s sort of like the French Clafoutis but the beaten egg whites make it more of a cake, less pie. And the almond extract makes it smell amazing!

We’ve been lucky to have a prolific cherry tree for many years and I make this cake form either fresh or frozen cherries.  Best eaten the first day – as if you could resist!

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Cherry Cake
A light un-iced cherry cake bursting with juicy cherries.
Cuisine Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cuisine Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and pit cherries.
  2. Separate eggs and set yolks aside. Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside in another bowl.
  3. Cream butter. Add the sugar. Add egg yolks and almond extract and beat vigorously.
  4. Mix in flour and salt.
  5. Butter mixture will be quite stiff. Add a bit of the egg whites to soften, then fold egg whites into butter mixture. Do not over blend.
  6. Butter 9" X 9" baking pan (or slightly larger) and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Pour in batter and stud with drained cherries.
  7. Bake at 375° F. for 30 minutes. Cool and sprinkle with icing sugar to decorate if you wish.
  8. Enjoy.

Family Matters

I’m publishing Family Matters, a new Fortune Bay Novella, on all online platforms this weekend!

It’s the sequel to The Good Neighbor and, if you’ve read that and have posted a review on the online bookseller of your choice, let me know (by email) and

I’ll send you a free VIP Readers copy of Family Matters.

Reviews don’t have to be long, just tell other readers how you felt about the story.

I love this one by the husband of a reader! It made me laugh.

And here’s s another example.

Thanks Sarleigh!

Here’s the Blurb for Family Matters.

 

Welcome back to Fortune Bay
Spoiler Alert!
Be sure to read The Good Neighbor before reading this novella!

Hi Everyone!
When I finished writing Home for Christmas, Louise and Blue’s story, I sat back and thought about where everyone in Fortune Bay was in their lives at this point. Louise and Blue were fine, all lovey-dovely, Louise moving into Blue’s new log house, both of them ecstatic about the possibility of twins.

But what about Frankie and Sean? By spring, it had been five months since they found Amber—or rather, since she found Sean. Now he and Amber were living with his mom Stephanie, and Frankie was living alone—not the best situation for Sean and Frankie – or for Stephanie and Max.

And what about Amber? It was hard to believe everything was just smooth sailing for her after such a huge upheaval in her life.
By now you have probably figured out how real these characters are to me! Lol. I couldn’t leave them in this situation. The story started to grow and turned into this sequel novella, written specially for my most loyal readers who have been reading all the Murphy family Fortune Bay books.

If you haven’t read the other books, do yourself a favor and put this book aside until you have.
I hope you enjoy Family Matters as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Judy Hudson

 

One reader obviously felt the same way when they finished The Good Neighbor.

I hope she finds this book now. If she is on my mailing list she’ll know by now.

Thanks for reading,

Available at:

AMAZON

KOBO

AND MOST OTHER ONLINE BOOKSELLERS

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Long Weekend Rhubarb Cake

It doesn’t feel like a summer long weekend to me without the rhubarb coffee cake my mother-in-law Betty always served at the cottage.

The Canadian and American July long weekends fall just a few days apart; July 1, Canada Day, the big 150 this year, and the Fourth of July. If your house is like ours, people are coming and going all weekend. We spent Canada Day at my sister-in-law’s lake house this year, and I brought the rhubarb cake as a tribute to Betty.

Sweet, not too rhubarb-y, it’s perfect anytime when you have a houseful.

Have a wonderful holiday!


Print Recipe
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Everyone loves this sweet coffee cake.
Cuisine Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
13 x 9 pan
Ingredients
Cuisine Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
13 x 9 pan
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. - cream butter and sugar
  2. - beat in eggs and vanilla
  3. - sift together flour, salt and soda and add to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk
  4. - toss rhubarb with 1 tsp flour and mix in by hand.
  5. - pour into buttered 13 x 9 pan
  6. - Mix butter, cinnamon & brown sugar and sprinkle on top of cake
  7. - bake for 45 minutes.

Just want to share my new cover.

If books are our babies, I have to share my first book in her new party dress.

I loved the graphic quality of the old cover, but too many people asked me if it was for adults. YES!

It obviously looked too young though, some thought Young Adult. So time for a new cover, and my cover girl Rosey Hudson and I agreed this was perfect. Same scene, better representation.

Had to show it again ’cause it’s so pretty.

If you haven’t read it yet, check your eReader– I’ve given away thousands of copies to introduce readers to the Fortune Bay series.

If you only ready print, it is available in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and the Createspace store.

For a sneak peek at chapter one, CLICK HERE.

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Update!

I’ve been really busy and thought I’d give you an update.

  • How do you like my new website? I love it! Except that I can’t get my “Find me on social media” buttons to work. Hopefully soon.
  • The Getting to Know You Survey is now closed. There wasn’t a spot for people to enter their name,  just their email addresses. My mistake.  I don’t want to post their email addresses here, so I have contacted the winners (Check your email) and will post their names when they respond. Half of the 16 winners have already responded.
  • The facebook party was quiet but fun. I enjoyed a more intimate ‘chat’ with the people who visited.
  • In all, I have a much better ideas of who my readers are, so I don’t feel like I’m writing in a vacuum, and I possibly got some ideas on how to reach them and how to keep them happy. 🙂 I’ll post some of the interesting responses in my next post.
  • I’m moving right along on the rough draft of the next full length Fortune Bay book, probably to be called, Starting Over. I’m  1/3 of the way through, clearing my social schedule to write every day. I plan to have the draft done by the end of July, when I will send it to my editor and go to the UK for a holiday. I’m hoping to have it out in October… The delay was that, at the same time, I was planning the next three books, a related but separate series. Maybe not the most efficient way to work, but you can’t force the muse.
  • I’m changing the cover of Lake of Dreams. Visually I love how crisp it is, but too often readers think it is very young, maybe even Young Adult. I’ll be posting a few cover ideas for your comments soon!
  • If, in the past, you went to my pinterest page you may have wondered, what’s with all the Victorian pics? I’ve removed them so the pins page is mostly Fortune Bay and some of my interests now. Check it out.
  • I reworked Family Matters, the sequel novella to The Good Neighbor that I have been giving to my VIP Readers (formerly called the inner circle. I felt it sounded too covenish so I changed it.) I thought I’d release Family Matters as an ebook, and I still might. You could call it a bridge novella between the first books and Starting Over, but I don’t want to spoil the story in The Good Neighbor  for new readers. Not sure, but I’m happy with the changes.
  • The new VIP Readers website is almost ready. If you’ve reviewed any of the Fortune Bay books, and are interested in joining the VIP Readers group and receiving Advanced Readers Copies of the upcoming books and other perks, send me an email at Judy@JudithHudsonAuthor.com and tell me where you’ve reviewed any of the books and the name you use.

I think that’s all. It’s enough! I’m happy to be working on the new book though, and will be in touch soon.

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