What if you were in a dead-end job, with a mean boss and your boyfriend dumps you on Valentine's morning then, then! you found yourself on the receiving end of an inheritance from a relative you'd never met. A rather generous inheritance. This inheritance would enable you to follow your dream. A dream that has been pushed aside for far too long. The only problem is there's a string attached. In order to receive this very sizeable and generous inheritance you'd have to do something you really did not want to do.
This happened to Sophie Stone in Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley. For Sophie, the string attached was to meet her father. Just once. But this is a man she has no desire to meet.
Will she accept the inheritance and potentially alter the course of her life?
The inheritance turns out to be a house in a lovely village. Not only is it situated on the rather gorgeous sounding Lilac Lane, but also has a fabulous neighbour – Octogenarian Audrey. A woman who likes to bake and to feed you. And she likes to feed Sophie orange shortbread!
Yep, you guessed it, as soon as I read about it I just had to make some.
Recipe for 12 orange shortbread biscuits (though depends on size of your cutter)
100g caster sugar
350g self-raising flour
250g butter, cubed
grated zest of one orange
- Heat oven to 170 fan.
- Place the caster sugar and flour into a bowl and stir together.
- Rub the butter into the flour and sugar. Add the orange zest.
- Squeeze it altogether into a dough.
- Chill in the fridge for half an hour.
- Remove from fridge, roll out onto a flour surface.
- Cut out the shapes and place onto a greased baking tray.
- Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from baking tray and place onto a cooling rack.