Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup! Follow along all week for great authors, delicious food, awesome books, and fun book giveaways. Each day, two authors will share a recipe they think their main characters would enjoy together. We hope you enjoy, add some meals to your recipe collections, and learn about some fabulous books along the way!
Piper J. Drake’s Butter Mochi
In FOREVER STRONG, just released January 28, Ying Yue, has been kidnapped and subsequently rescued by Zu, leader of the Search and Protect team. She’s made welcome by Pua with snacks and refreshing drinks. Later, Kalea cooks for the team and the food she provides represents safety and a sense of home. As the chemistry between Ying Yue and Zu grows stronger, Zu finds himself wishing he could cook some of his favorite dishes for her.
Food, the sharing of it, and the heart that might go into the cooking of it is a key element in the way I build my characters and their relationships. It can bring together a team and give you the sense of family, either born or found.
Butter mochi is a Hawaiian treat made with sweet rice flour, resulting in chewy, buttery bars. Some recipes add coconut flakes that result in a toasted, crisp top to this chewy bite. This treat is tasty without being too sweet and it is so simple to make.
In the True Heroes series, these treats are a favorite with both Arin and Mali, made by Kalea. Pua loves them too. They make a great snack or dessert, or even breakfast. No one from the Search and Protect team will judge.
1/2 cup Butter, melted
(plus butter for greasing pan)
1 tsp Vanilla paste or extract
3 cups Whole milk
1 lb Mochiko sweet rice flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2 1/2 cups White sugar
1 cup Coconut, sweetened flaked
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter.
Melt 1/2 cup butter. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs, then whisk in vanilla and milk.
In a separate larger bowl, stir together the sweet rice flour, sugar, and baking powder.
Pour egg mixture into sweet rice flour mixture and stir to blend.
Mix in melted butter and coconut flakes. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour in the preheated oven.
Cool completely, then cut into squares to serve.
*for more Piper recipes, follow her on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/piperjdrake) – all recipes are available to the public while subscribers get access to bonus cooking videos by Piper!
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On the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, not all is paradise in this high-stakes, action-packed romantic suspense.
He’ll risk his life for her . . . but will he risk his heart?
Jiang Ying Yue assumed her kidnapping was random, that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After all, who would want to harm her? But then her rescuer—a charismatic former soldier who takes her breath away—uncovers a traitor in her father’s organization. Now, Ying Yue realizes that she’s become a pawn in a dangerous game, and her kidnapper won’t be satisfied until she disappears for good.
Zu Anyanwu’s work with Search and Protect and his canine partner Buck have always been his first priority . . . until he’s tasked with keeping Ying Yue safe. To him, the brave and resilient investment expert is more than just another client. But with danger closing in, Zu can’t let his emotions get in the way of the most important job he’s ever had—protecting the woman he loves.
About Piper J. Drake
Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.