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Layered Peppermint Cheesecake for the Holidays!

Oooh yummy! Isn’t the photo below gorgeous? Luv it! Wouldn’t you love it for desert on Christmas?

In my erotic romantic suspense “Peppermint Creek Inn”, my heroine, Sara, has a small peppermint company where she makes all kinds of things out of peppermint. Soaps, teas, candies, deserts, etc…Sara lives in the desolate wilderness of Northern Ontario, Canada. The peppermint leaves she uses are harvested from a nearby creek. The creek meanders past her Inn, named Peppermint Creek Inn.

When a wounded man with amnesia shows up at her Inn one stormy night, they are trapped together due to bad weather.  Matt falls in love with Sara and her peppermint cheesecake. Here’s a lip smacking recipe that I like to think of similar to the one Sara whips up for her sexy hot hero Matt. Enjoy!

I found this delicious recipe and picture via Pinterest!

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Ingredients
Peppermint Cheesecake Layers:

3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 cup crushed hard peppermint candies

Sour Cream Cake Layers:

1 (18.25-oz.) package white cake mix
2 large eggs
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1/3 cup vegetable oil
White Chocolate Mousse Frosting:
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup white chocolate morsels
2 cups whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Garnishes: White chocolate curls, peppermint candies

Preparation

1. Prepare Peppermint Cheesecake Layers: Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom and sides of 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp. butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth. Add 3 eggs, l at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add flour and next 3 ingredients, beating until blended. Fold in candies. Pour batter into prepared pans. Place cake pans in a large pan; add water to pan to depth of 1 inch.
2. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until set. Remove from oven to wire racks; cool completely in pans (about 1 hour). Cover cheesecakes (do not remove from pans), and freeze 4 to 6 hours or until frozen solid. Lift frozen cheesecakes from pans, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil from cheesecakes. Wrap in plastic wrap, and return to freezer until ready to assemble cake.
3. Prepare Sour Cream Cake Layers: Preheat oven to 350°. Beat cake mix, next 3 ingredients, and 1/2 cup water at low speed with an electric mixer 30 seconds or just until moistened; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.
4. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
5. Prepare White Chocolate Mousse Frosting: Cook 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Add morsels; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes), whisking occasionally.
6. Beat cream and 2 tsp. vanilla at high speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until soft peaks form. Gradually fold white chocolate mixture into whipped cream mixture, folding until mixture reaches spreading consistency.
7. Assemble Cake: Place 1 cake layer on a cake stand or plate. Top with 1 frozen cheesecake layer. Top with second cake layer and remaining cheesecake layer. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top and sides of cake with frosting. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.

Melodie Belcher; Lagrange, Georgia, Southern Living
DECEMBER 2011

 http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/white-christmas-desserts-00417000070182/page14.html

And if you are interested in checking out my erotic romantic suspense “Peppermint Creek Inn”  Book 1 in my Undercover series at Ellora’s Cave here is a sneak peek:

Peppermint Creek Inn

She wants to forget her past…

Sara lives alone in the isolated wilderness of Canada…until one stormy night when an injured fugitive with amnesia forces his way into her home and straight into her wounded heart. He’s dangerous, tastes of dark, delicious sex and unleashes lusty cravings she never knew she had. Although there can be no future with a sexy man accused of murder, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep him in her life and in her bed.

He needs to remember his past…
She smells of sweet peppermint and makes him burn with hot desire. He wants her, needs to be deep inside her and yearns to forget the terror-filled flashbacks that haunt him. Crooked cops and a romantic ghost town hold the secrets to his mysterious past, and if he’s ever going to give her a future they both crave, he’ll have to prove his innocence, even if it means facing his dangerous past head on.

Note: This book was previously released at a different publisher. It has been extended and extensively revised to express the steamier side of suspense.

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http://www.ellorascave.com/peppermint-creek-inn.html

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

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Hugs,

Jan Springer

My 1st date with an Octoposeidon Shapeshifter!

Readers who’ve read my shapeshifter erotic romance “Passionate Ink” will know what I’m taking about when I mention I wouldn’t mind having a date with an Octoposeidon male. *grin*

For folks who don’t know what an Octoposeidon is, he or she is half human and half octopus.  During the day they live just like you and I in human form, but at night, they shift into their partial human and partial octopus forms, seeking out the sea where they mate like crazy with their numerous tentacles and dine on seafood and swim leisurely around. Not a bad life, eh?

Octoposeidon in their changed state have tentacles. Lots and lots of tentacles, perfect dating material for a chicka like myself who has a bit of a tentacle fetish. I never had one until I started researching for “Passionate Ink”. I also discovered that tentacle erotica is big in Japan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tentacle_erotica and it’s even bigger in my imagination.

The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, a design by Hokusai of 1814 depicting a woman engaging in sex with a pair of octopi.

( a design by Hokusai )

So, I’d like to date my male character “Calder Croft” who we first meet in “Passionate Ink“. By daylight he oozes sexuality with a muscular body and wide shoulders and a tentacle tattoo on his most intimate part. *jan blushing*.

And when he shifts into his Octoposeidon form, his arms and legs turn into plump tentacles with delightful suction cups lacing those tentacles. No need for threesomes or foursomes, if you catch what I mean, because he’s well equipped all on his own. And yeah, with an Octoposeidon I’d go all the way on a first date. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. It’s our secret.

Here’s a little peek at Passionate Ink, an erotic romance for tattoo and tentacle lovers.

Caution: Adult Excerpt from “Passionate Ink”

“Okay, so he’s not married,” Cat confessed. “But he’s got a girlfriend with a tentacle fetish and that’s why he’s giving her a tattoo. It’s a present to her.”

Misty gazed up at her. “And you’ve got the same fetish. The man is available, girlfriend. A-v-a-i-l-a-b-l-e. No wedding ring means he is still available.”

Disappointment rocked Cat. She’d never go after a man who was so obviously in love with another woman. So in love he was getting her something as permanent as a tattoo.

“I don’t steal boyfriends, Misty. You know me better than that.”

Misty grimaced and closed her eyes and settled her head back onto her arms, as if she was about to take a nap, which she usually did when she came over to visit and they lay on the beach.

“Yeah, I know,” Misty said sadly. “And with that kind of attitude you’re never going to catch a man, Cat.”

Well, then if that’s the way it had to be, then so be it. Cat grabbed her mattress, shoving it under her right arm before padding barefoot toward the gently lapping ocean.

The sun was just setting and it sat like a giant ball right on top of the ocean, casting orange sparkles across the small waves. As her toes dipped into the cool water, all the tension from today’s happenings suddenly seemed to melt out of her body and slip into the water.

Despite the conversation she’d just had with Misty about not going after another woman’s man, she couldn’t stop thinking about Calder. Couldn’t wait to see him again…

Cat walked farther into the ocean, the water now embracing her breasts. She let the air mattress float on the water beside her and held it with one hand, readying it so she could shove her upper body on top and kick her way farther out.

But instead of following through on her intention, she smiled as she continued to look down. Beneath the water’s edge, her tattoos seemed to come alive, moving back and forth on her body like arms beckoning her to dive under and swim like the animals. To be free and just float through the water, light and weightless. Her arms and legs transformed into tentacles, stroking the cool liquid with ease. She imagined herself as a squid or an octopus or some sea creature, her tentacles waving at her mate.

Oh yes, she would definitely have a sexual partner. Catalina smiled and incredible warmth burst inside her as she imagined having a male companion to swim with, to make love with and to love.

A tentacle of her partner would magically strip off her bikini top and bottom and wrap around each of her breasts, the suction cups holding her tightly, while two other tentacles would stroke her nipples until they were tight and achy. A swollen, hot appendage would snugly encircle her waist, holding her steady while yet another slipped into her ass.

She gasped at the sensual fullness as he explored her…

I’m thrilled to say I’ve had requests for a sequel to Passionate Ink, so it seems I am not the only one with a naughty tentacle fetish. LOL. So, it’s off to outline a sequel. I do hope you enjoyed today’s post! Have yourselves a wonderful weekend and until we meet again, stay safe.

Hugs!

jan

For more info on “Passionate Ink” – http://www.jasminejade.com/p-10080-passionate-ink.aspx

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