Romance Cooks

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache – Sandra Sookoo

I’m excited to be here because I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects: chocolate and Regency books. This recipe comes from a scene in MARRIAGE MINDED LORD (the first book in my Darrington family series). Although, back in Regency times, chocolate truffles were known as “olives” since they kinda/sorta had that type of look. They weren’t officially known as “truffles” until later that century , but folks in Regency times sure did love their chocolate confections.

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Ingredients you’ll need for Raspberry Chocolate Ganache (for truffles):

8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate (the best quality you can afford)

1 cup of heavy cream (as fresh as you can find)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 tablespoon of Chambord (raspberry liqueur)

A few tablespoons of either powdered sugar or cocoa powder


Place chocolate in a medium-sized heatproof bowl.

Put cream and spices in a small saucepan and heat until simmering (or until small bubbles form at the edges of the liquid) Do not boil. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened.

Add butter and liqueur and stir until smooth. Butter will give it a glossy finish.

Stick mixture in the fridge until hard then scoop out with a melon baller or small ice cream scoop to make truffles (one inch balls). Roll each truffle in cocoa powder or powdered sugar to finish.



When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?

Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it’s time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He’ll choose the woman and the time, and if he’s lucky he’ll marry for love.

Clarice Delacroix is a lady’s companion. Though she’s an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone’s mistress. Her mother’s life is not for her.

As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn’t telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice’s future.

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