Romance Cooks

Sour Cream Apple Pie – Cassandra Carr

This is my grandmother’s prize-winning recipe that my mom was gracious enough to let me include (and use in devilish ways) in my hockey ménage book, Head Games. I hope it becomes a staple in your recipe file like it has in ours!



2-3 cups assorted apples (using several different types ensures a full flavor, but if you prefer one type that’s fine)

2 tablespoons flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar (more if you use tart apples)

1 or 2 eggs (2 eggs make a more custard-y filling)

1 cup sour cream (some or all can be substituted w/milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ to ½ teaspoon nutmeg


2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 to 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

¼ cup butter or margarine, chilled

Make one crust pastry (or buy one) for a 9-inch pie pan. Prepare the topping by mixing with a fork or your fingers until crumbly and then chill. Place the sliced apples in a large bowl and add the rest of the filling ingredients, mixing well. Pour into unbaked pie crust, crumble topping over apples and bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce to 350 degrees and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes until the center is puffy. It cooks from the outside in, so the center will be the last to cook and puff up.

Head Games - Cassandra Carr


Leo Laporte and Scott Schaeffer are teammates on the ice and roommates off it who also share women. They’ve been coming into Kelly Chase’s bistro after games for months, and they know they want her. As the attraction grows, the men realize they want more than a one-night stand – they want forever.

Kelly’s not so sure. Yes, she wants both men. But a permanent ménage relationship? That’s taking giving her heart away to a whole new level, and a chance she’s hesitant to take. Then Leo is injured and Scott’s on the trading block, and she realizes this may be her only shot at true, everlasting love.

There are so many questions swirling around inside Kelly’s head. Can she believe in Leo and Scott’s love? And will her business and her reputation survive once people find out she’s with two men?

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