Brownies and Broomsticks – Bailey Cates

Another weekly trip to my library to trade in books for new ones, and I found 4 cozy mysteries from the Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates. I finished this first installment in less than a day, and have already started book 3. They did not have book 2, so I figured I would just wing it anyhow and grab all of them that they had.

Brownies and Broomsticks cover image

I was not sure how I felt about a cozy mystery that included Witches, but I was quickly sucked in by the great characters and descriptive writing.

Katie Lightfoot moves from Ohio to Savannah, Georgia to open a bakery with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben. Little does she know that her Aunt Lucy has much to share with her about the fact that she is a Witch, as well as her parents, who chose to not let her know about that side of her life.

Her first week in Savannah has her reeling from that revelation, confused about the intense anger between two handsome men who are both showing an interest in her, and the woman murdered in her car outside of Honeybee’s Bakery.

Unwilling to let her Uncle Ben take the wrap when he is pegged as a suspect, Katie is quickly on the trail of the murderer, much to the chagrin of Detective Quinn. It’s Katie’s persistence, and Quinn’s finally acceptance of what she is learning before he does, that gets Uncle Ben off the hook.

There were two recipes at the end of the story, one for Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies, and one for Cheddar-Sage Scones. A quick scan let me know I had all the ingredients for the Scones, so I whipped up a quick batch. I only had a couple bites of one as I am sure it’s not approved Weight Watchers food 😊 It was savory, and would definitely be a great addition to any meal or for an afternoon snack. The only thing I substituted was instead of dried sage, I only had ground sage. I should have doubled the ground sage, as it didn’t have quite enough sage flavor for my liking!

Cheddar-Sage Scones

Cheddar-Sage Scones

2 ¼ C all purpose flour

1 Tbs baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp dried sage

6 Tbs butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled in the freezer for 15 minutes

2/3 C grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 egg

½ C milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Set aside ¼ C of flour in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, combine 2 C flour, baking powder, salt, and sage. Add chilled butter and cut into flour by rubbing with your fingers or using a pastry blender until the consistency of rough cornmeal.

Add the grated cheddar to the ¼ C flour and toss to coat. Shake to remove extra flour and add to pastry mixture, tossing with your hands to evenly distribute the cheese.

Whisk together the egg and milk. Add to flour mixture, stirring lightly with a fork until ingredients are moistened and just hold together.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead 20 times. Add more flour to the surface if needed. Pat into an 8 inch circle, slightly higher in the center than on the edges. Using a very sharp knife, cut 8 equal wedges. Place scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, slightly apart from one another. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.

13 thoughts on “Brownies and Broomsticks – Bailey Cates

  1. messybookcaseblog July 15, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything peanut butter! I’m sure those cookies aren’t on my “low carb” diet either but peanut butter!

    I did WW for years and loved it. It was awesome because any food was okay as long you counted the points. I only switched from it when I needed to pay much closer attention to my carbs for my diabetes.

  2. Bailey Cates July 16, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the book — and the scones! 🙂 ~Bailey

    • Angela July 16, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks Bailey! Almost finished with book 3 😀

  3. Roberta Franklin July 17, 2018 / 10:38 am

    That sounds like a great book! And a great recipe, too…

    • Angela July 17, 2018 / 11:31 am

      It was a fun read!

      • Roberta Franklin July 17, 2018 / 12:15 pm

        I’ve got to put it on my TRL! I’m on a cosy mystery trip at the moment, anyway…

      • Angela July 17, 2018 / 12:19 pm

        I have been for weeks as well! Love them!

      • Roberta Franklin July 17, 2018 / 12:21 pm

        Me too – the most entertaining genre of all!

  4. KurrentlyKrystal August 22, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Angela, I am going to have to check out this book at my library! I’ve seen it at my library and never picked it up!! It sounds like such a cute read and love the recipe ♥️

    • Angela August 23, 2018 / 9:17 am

      This series sucked me right in 🙂

      • KurrentlyKrystal August 23, 2018 / 9:25 am

        Angela, is it okay that I started on book 6? Like do they have to be read in order? My library only carries 4 of the 7 books and all that was available to check out was Spells and Scones #6 and Potions and Pastries #7.

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