Guest Post & Giveaway with Beau North

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Hello everyone,

I am very happy to welcome Beau North in From Pemberley to Milton today for a guest post as part of the blog tour for her debut book “Longbourn’s Songbird”.

I read her book a few weeks ago and found it delicious, just as much as Lizzie Bennet’s Blackbery Cobler that you will see on Beau’s post.

I hope you like it as much I did 🙂

 

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Beau North headshot

I’d like to thank Rita and From Pemberley to Milton for the warm welcome I’ve received here, and for the fabulous review of Longbourn’s Songbird! I am looking forward to interacting with all of the dedicated readers here and answering any questions you may have!

 

I’ve been promising Rita something special for weeks now, but perhaps I should have promised something sweet.

 

“All I know for sure is there are few complaints that can’t be solved with dessert. You looked like a man who’d gone far too long without something sweet.”

– Longbourn’s Songbird, Chapter 10

 

I’ve talked about pretty much everything that influenced and inspired this story, from my grandmother to my hometown to Appalachian folk music to the divine Tom Mison. Now that “dinner” is over, it’s time I offered y’all dessert.

 

Mr. Bennet, who loved social experiments, decided to test his suspicion regarding Darcy’s fascination with his favorite daughter. “Come by on Tuesday,” he said eyeing Darcy. “My Lizzie is making blackberry cobbler.” The mention of his daughter had the desired effect. Darcy blanched like a man being walked to the gallows. It told Mr. Bennet all he needed to know. – Longbourn’s Songbird, Chapter Two

 

Cobbler is a staple of southern cuisine. There are several varieties, but the two most common are peach and blackberry. I’ve even seen them combined into one heavenly treat! But, for my last guest post in the tour I wanted to share this family recipe with all of you. My Grandmother, Ola (who was my inspiration for Jane), was an extraordinary baker. Most of our family recipes were her creation, a special bequest for those in our family lucky enough to remember her.

Grandmother

So, exclusively for the readers of From Pemberley to Milton, I give you this. My apologies in advance that the measurements are all in the Standard U.S. Measurement! Here is a link for conversions that I found helpful.

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Lizzie Bennet’s Blackberry Cobbler

 

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¾ cup buttermilk (regular milk is fine too)

¼ cup butter

2 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed

 

Instructions:

  • preheat oven to 325℉ (165℃)
  • place your butter in a baking dish (9×9 is a good size) and put it in the warming oven so that the butter melts
  • mix flour, baking powder, sugar, ginger and buttermilk until you have a smooth batter
  • remove baking pan from oven and pour batter on top of the butter. You can gently fold the two together if you like, but it is not necessary and may cause the pastry to stick
  • drop blackberries directly into batter. Do not stir!
  • bake for 1 hour until golden Brown

 

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I like to make a little fresh whipped cream for topping, but you can have it plain or with ice cream.

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I hope you’ll give it a try. I apologize that I don’t have a vegan or gluten-free option, but that’s the joy of baking – the chance to experiment! . After all, most southern cooking is not terribly precise, it’s usually “a handful” here and “a pinch” there, so there’s always room for interpretation.

 

I’d like to thank you all for giving me the chance to share my grandmother’s knowledge with this audience, I think she would have been happy about it! Does your family have any recipes that have been passed down through the generations? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

 

Thanks again to Rita and From Pemberley to Milton for giving me this opportunity!

 

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It’s giveaway time!

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Longbourn’s Songbird, and it is open internationally!  

To enter, leave a comment or question below and the winner will be picked randomly.

The giveaway is open until the 29th of November and the winner will be announced on the 30th. The best of luck to everyone!

 

I would just like to thank Beau North once more for the delightful post she brought to From Pemberley to Milton, to Jakki from Leaderbound Reviews for organizing the blog tour and inviting me to be a part of it, and to Meryton Press for the giveaway.

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25 responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway with Beau North

  1. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Chiara

    It sounds delicious, thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. I really want to try it! I need to try to make that cobbler, it doesn’t look very difficult to make.

    Mr Bennet is very clever indeed! 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!

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  4. beaunorth

    Thank you Rita for all of your loving support of the book, and for giving me this opportunity to pass along some of my own family traditions!

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  5. Glynis

    That recipe looks delicious thank you. Thanks also for the excerpts from the book. I have this on my wish list but would love to win a copy. Thanks again.

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  6. Shimei

    I’m terrible at baking… but these pictures definitely makes me want to try 😉

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  7. arjanne

    Oh nice, that looks delicious. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. I already have Beau’s wonderful book (Kindle version though) so I’ll step aside and let others have the chance to win, read and enjoy. Just wanted to pop by to say you’ll love it!! Thanks for writing such a great story, Beau, and thanks for that delicious recipe too, I MUST try it, it looks so yummy!

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  9. I love cobblers and living in the US, we do make them mostly in the summer when fruit is so plentiful.
    I did read your novel on my Kindle and loved it giving a 5 star rating on Amazon. I would love to have a paperback copy for my collection. Thank you for the chance to enter. Happy Holidays!

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  10. Your book sounds so intriguing Beau. I’ve read Regency and modern variations but not one set in a different historical time period to either of those.

    The cobbler looks and sounds delicious. We have blackberries in our freezer, picked from bushes in our garden. I wonder if the recipe would work with frozen blackberries? Have you ever tried it with apples and/or raspberries? We’ve got loads of those, too.

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  11. Luisa

    Seems delicious!! I’ll try it for sure, thanks 🙂

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  12. Dung

    The receipt and pictures makes it look delicious!

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  13. I didn’t know what cobblers were until now. The recipe looks simple enough and would like to try your recipe some day when I have a working oven. Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe, Beau.

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  14. Lora F

    It looks really ono!! I live in Hawaii, so it isn’t something that we readily get a chance to eat, since blackberries aren’t usually grown here. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. Ana viseu

    Yum yum! Great recipe and great book! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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  16. Miss Beau North, your gift is invaluable to a glutton like me! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, I will be sure to give it a try, especially with the holidays coming! 🙂

    And now I am even more looking forward to reading your books!

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