Yup, you read that correctly: Today, Friday, October 14th, we get to enjoy desserts, guilt free, all day long!
We did some research, and couldn’t find any interesting tidbits about the history of this sweet event. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which has long and rich history, or Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, that made their way onto calendars by way of presidential proclamations, National Desserts Day just…is. If we had to guess, we’d say it started as a promotion for a bakery or restaurant, and caught on. And why wouldn’t it, because…DESSERT!
Thinking about this made us wonder about crazy things like:
Why do we eat dessert last?
Because…a whole lot of people believe in saving the best for last.
When did dessert go from being a ‘mostly enjoyed by the wealthy’ to a treat enjoyed by all?
In the beginning, only those with ample financial means could afford the often-rare ingredients that went into the recipes—or the servants who prepared and served it. As shipping practices made these food items easier to get, and more affordable, even the ‘peasants’ could indulge!
Is dessert enjoyed around the world?
Yup, and really, why wouldn’t it be!
But we digress…
Thanks to all this talk of cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweet luxuries, we were inspired to put our heads together, and you know what happens when we do that: Food, food, glorious food, complete with tastebud-tempting recipes and mouthwatering photos! What better way to celebrate than by highlighting a few delectable desserts, featured in our novels…
In Gentle Persuasion, Ophelia Reid is a top-notch executive “headhunter” who flies to Hawaii to recruit retired executive, Dane Montgomery, back to corporate advertising. While staying at Dane’s B&B in Kona, Ophelia experiences the flavors of the islands, including haupia, a custard-like dessert made from coconut milk and cut into squares for serving. Haupia (pronounced how-pee-ah) is creamy and mild with the faint sweetness of coconut and the smooth consistency of gelatin. It is such a staple in Hawaii that you can even find “Haupia pies” in McDonald’s across the islands.
|Haupia image by Arnold Gatilao|
And then there’s Finn Leary, heroine of The Firefighter’s Refrain (#3 in Heartwarming’s “Those Marshall Boys” series), who altered a traditional apple pie recipe until it became the favored meal-ender at her Right Note Café. You can be sure hunky firefighter Sam Marshall went crazy for it, in part because it reminded him a little of Finn, who at first seemed as sour as the apples she uses in her special concoction…then surprised him with her sweetness.
Emma Brooks, from The Paris Connection, may be American born and bred, but after living in Paris for ten years, she’s a true Frenchwoman at heart. She loves everything about her adopted city…especially macarons from the iconic French patisserie, Ladurée. Macarons (not to be confused with the cookie, macaroon) are meringue-based cookies with buttercream, jam, or ganache filling. They can be had in every flavor imaginable from Rose to Licorice to Lemon and everything in between. When Emma’s corporate rival, Cole Dorset, tries to win her heart, he has a secret weapon: macarons, her favorite dessert.
Eden Quinn, charged with caring for a houseful of formerly-delinquent boys in Sweet Mountain Rancher (#2 in Heartwarming’s “Those Marshall Boys” series), put her unique spin on a chocolate chip cookie recipe that almost prevented her greedy landlord from selling The Last Chance house for profit. (Almost, because for that wanna-be real estate tycoon, nothing tasted sweeter than money!)
So, are you ready to satisfy that sweet tooth? In the spirit of National Dessert Day, we invite you to share your favorite desserts, with or without recipes! You can enter to win a Sweet Reads prize package that includes a copy of each of the four Harlequin Heartwarming novels by Loree Lough and Cerella Sechrist mentioned in this post along with this prize package:
You can earn you first entry by commenting below and telling us your favorite dessert. Find more ways to enter here:
Sweet Reads National Dessert Day Giveaway! from Loree Lough and Cerella Sechrist
And FOUR lucky runners-up will be selected to win a copy of Cerella’s novel, Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania featuring plenty of romance, laughs, and chocolate!
We’re looking forward to seeing your replies! And if you're interested in the recipes to any of the delicious desserts mentioned from our books, you can find each of them at the very end of this post!
Until next month, we hope you’ll enjoy the crisp fall weather and (you know what we’re gonna say, right?) plenty of opportunities to devour your favorite desserts!