Guest Post & Giveaway: The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker

03_Regan WalkerToday on the blog I have the perfect post and giveaway to get you in the holiday mood! I am so pleased to be hosting historical romance author Regan Walker's guest post on some Regency-Era Christmas desserts, and I also have a giveaway for an eBook of her latest novel The Twelfth Night Wager and the short story that follows it, The Holly and the Thistle!

What’s for Dessert? by Regan Walker

In Regency England, in the early 19th century, which is the setting for my Christmas novella, The Twelfth Night Wager (and the short story that follows it, The Holly & The Thistle), they indulged in many wonderful desserts at Christmas, such as marchpane (marzipan), mincemeat pie, fruit tarts, gingerbread and of course, plum pudding.

Plum pudding is the traditional accompaniment to a Regency holiday feast. But the making of it can be a chore. Should you want to try, here is the recipe:

Christmas Plum Pudding


1 1/4 lb. Suet
1 lb. Demerara (cane) sugar
1 lb. raisins
1 lb. sultanas
4 oz. citron peel
4 oz. candied peel
1 tsp. mixed spice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 lb. breadcrumbs
1/2 lb. sifted flour
1 lb. eggs (weighed in their shells)
1 wineglassful brandy
1/2 pint milk

Prepare all ingredients, well whip the eggs, add to milk, and thoroughly mix. Let stand for 12 hours in a cool place, add brandy and put into well-greased basins and boil 8 hours or longer. Sufficient for twenty to twenty-eight people.

I know. I know. Who would go to all that trouble? Not me. So, if you’d prefer something equally seasonal, but a lot less fuss and effort—and the Christmas dessert my son prefers above all others—I suggest my recipe for Persimmon Pudding. It’s moist and tasty and with whipped cream, not to be missed:

Christmas Persimmon Pudding

Use only Hachiya persimmons (pictured) and make sure they are soft and ripe!

Sift these ingredients together:

1 c flour
1 c sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt


1 c persimmon pulp (2-3 persimmons)
1/2 c milk (or if you are feeling indulgent, use half and half)
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1/2 c nuts (I use walnuts)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 and 1/2 hours in a covered casserole set in a pan of water about 1/2" deep. Serve warm!

The smell alone that will fill your house will have your guests’ mouths watering, I promise!

About The Twelfth Night Wager

01_The Twelfth Night Wager Cover 

Boroughs Publishing Group | eBook; 134 pages | ISBN: 978-1-938876-83-7

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It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.


She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to find her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight her coming out would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. It would indeed. The night would bring about the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.

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About The Holly and The Thistle

Publication Date: November 23, 2012 | Boroughs Publishing Group | eBook; 59p

Genre: Historical Romance

A chance meeting at Berry’s wine shop, a misunderstanding and Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift ever: a marriage not of convenience, but of love.

About the Author

Bestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” And in each of her novels, there is always real history and real historic figures. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

For more information please visit Regan Walker’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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  2. Hi, Amy. Thanks so much for having me and my Christmas stories on your wonderful blog! I'm so glad to be here talking about dessert (one of my favorite subjects!).

  3. My Gramma always made the best Mincemeat Pie, unfortunately I don't have her recipe. She had a Persimmon Tree on her property, so we always had Persimmon Pudding, and Persimmon Bread. Some of the memories, and things I miss so much about her.

    1. I love persimmon pudding, Lesia. I will be making it this week, my persimmons having reached that soft, ripe stage. I just love it. These days, I make it in small ramekins and it works great.

  4. Just visited your Pinterest Board on the Twelfth Night Wager, Regan! I love the photo of Christopher St. Ives, Lord Eustace. He has quite the smirk on his face too. Perfect! Again, I loved both this book AND The Holly and the Thistle. Thanks for the post, Amy!

    1. I'm so glad you liked the pic of Christopher, Janice. When I saw it, I thought it was perfect. Hair could be a bit redder, perhaps but the smirk is just like Lord Eustace's. Thanks so much for taking a look at the pics!

  5. Great review, enjoyed some new recipes & would love to win your books :)
    dkstevensne AT outlook DotCom

    1. Hi, Deanna. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm glad you found the recipes interesting.

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    1. Hi, Carrie! I do hope you read my Christmas stories. They are great if you don't have a lot of time around the holidays.

  7. I have always wanted to try a real Christmas Plum Pudding. I am the only person in my family that likes fruitcake and I made one many years ago that was so good. Wishing I could find a small one just for myself. The picture makes me drool.

    I haven't read either of these books but certainly do look forward to doing so. Thanks for the fun giveaway AND the beautiful picture of the Pudding!

    Connie Fischer

    1. So glad you came by, Connie. You might be one of the few who actually tries the traditional plum pudding recipe. I hope you enjoy The Twelfth Night Wager and The Holly & The Thistle...and let me know when you do! I love to hear from readers (you can email me via my website).

  8. The books are enticing but I'm not so sure I'd make either of these desserts, not without sampling them first. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Hi, Nancy. I'd not try the traditional English plum pudding myself but I can assure you the persimmon pudding is delicious. And I hope you do try my Christmas stories!...or one of my novels. Racing with the Wind is on sale till Christmas for 99¢.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway and the recipes!

  10. The recipes sound wonderful. I am definitely going to be brave and give them a try. Just have to find somewhere to buy suet. The books sound intriging too!

    1. You're a brave soul, Terry. If you are determined to make the traditional one, here's a source of suet:

      And I hope you try the stories, too!

  11. My husband is English and I haven't ever made the fruit puddings before although I make a lot of English dishes. The books sound fantastic. Can't wait to read them!

    1. Hi, Holly! I just made the persimmon pudding yesterday, but this time in small red ramekins and it was a bit hit. I do hope you like my Christmas stories! Let me know when you've read them. You can always email me via my website:


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