Romance Cooks

Butterscotch Pinwheels – Sean Michael

This was one of the recipes that they taught us in eighth grade Home Ec class (I bet they don’t call it home ec anymore). We all took Home Ec and we all took Shop. All I remember from either are these pinwheels (and making ninja death stars in Shop that were masquerading as Christmas ornaments.) They’re simple and yummy, but they don’t keep very well — eat them hot or within a few hours of cooking for tastiest results.

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Butterscotch Pinwheels

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Roll dough to a 12-inch square on a lightly floured surface.

Spread dough with butter; sprinkle with brown sugar. Spread raisins or nut over dough if wanted (I like it with raisins.) Roll up jellyroll fashion; pinch seam to seal.

Cut into 12 (1-inch) slices. Place cut side up on greased pan.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.



Will’s a widower with three little girls, including six month old twins, to look after. Most days it’s all Will can do just to get home from his advertizing job in time for goodnight kisses, but now his mother-in-law is leaving the country with her new boyfriend and Will needs the help of a professional nanny.

Benji loves being a nanny; looking after other people’s kids is the next best thing to having his own, and as a gay man, he figures it’s as close as he’s going to get. He’s between jobs and is thrilled when he gets the call from Mannies Incorporated to interview with Will’s family.

He falls in love with the girls right away, but also finds himself attracted to their father. Benji knows he shouldn’t moon over his boss, especially when Will desperately really needs his services as a nanny, but he can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have a family of his own.

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