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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Love, Lies & Lemon Pies

My 11 year old daughter loves to read and she's always got her nose in a book. Sometimes she can disappear off onto her bedroom for hours and come down later with a big smile on her face announcing that she's finished her book. 

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When I was sent Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon I thought she would love it, especially as it's full of yummy sounding recipes throughout, but unfortunately she read that it was recommended for ages 12 and over and refused to read it just yet, deeming it too old for her. Without my young bookworms opinion of the book to share, I am instead sharing one of the simple recipes that I tried from the book, along with a brief description of the book and author.

Grandma's Gingerbread
  • Heat the oven to 160C/ fan 140C/ gas 3
  • Melt 150g of golden syrup with 100g of butter and 150ml milk in a pan
  • Add an egg and mix in, allowing it to cook a little
  • Beat in 200g of sieved flour (I used self raising), 3 tsp of ground ginger and 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • Pour into a prepared loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes before turning down to 150C/ fan 130C/ gas 2 for the last 20 minutes *note that mine baked in just 30 minutes!
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I poured some Opies Ginger Syrup over the gingerbread whilst still warm to give it a sticky coating.


Lottie’s dad has recently died and things at home are not great. Determined to keep prying eyes away, especially her teachers and a pushy school counsellor, Lottie agrees to join Bake Club.  However, keeping up the lies and pretending all is fine is not as easy as it seems.

Then there is school bad boy, Mac. Written off by his teachers as nothing but trouble, Mac is given one last chance before he's kicked out of school: Bake Club

Lottie and Mac would rather be anywhere but Bake Club and even less so working together. However, as things ‘hot’ up in the kitchen and the end of year Bake-Off competition approaches, tensions rise and Lottie starts to feel the pressure. Can she really expect to keep up the pretence that life at home is fine, while her friendships crumble around her and the bubbling romance with bad boy Mac intensifies? This is one baking mix she was never prepared for.

Love, Lies and Lemon Pies is the perfect summer read for readers age 12+ and comes with yummy baking recipes at the start of each chapter. Ideal for those lazy days at home during the holidays, plus baking suggestions that are guaranteed to ‘wow’ your friends and family. An authentic and captivating novel that explores teen issues such as young romance, school cliques, family life and difficult teachers, in an inspiring and creative way.  

Katy Cannon was born in the United Arab Emirates, grew up in North Wales and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter Holly. She did an English Literature degree at Lancaster University, but soon found out that writing her own stories was much more fun than analyzing other people’s. Katy loves animals and baking.

publish date : 5th May 2014

paperback £6.99

I was sent a copy of the book free of charge, along with a few products to sample from Opies, who have a range of sauces perfect for BBQ season.


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