This week I'm hoping to finally finish up my book manuscript.  It's been almost a year and 75 pounds of sugar, but I think I'm finally there.  It has taken longer than expected, but I've never wanted anything to be so perfect.  In truth, I don't think it could ever be perfect enough.

With that said, I hope you'll forgive this short post.  Even with all the details I have to hem up, I could not let this week pass without sharing a recipe that I've recently developed and have fallen head over heels for.

Strawberry milk - I love you.  

Every now and then I will get an email from a young aspiring baker who gets a real kick-start from this blog.  Shealey is one such person.  She's a dessert enthusiast who loves photography, puppy dogs and painting pictures - sound familiar?  She's definitely a kindred spirit.  Last Christmas she emailed me to share how much she enjoys reading Sprinkle Bakes, and I thought that was so very nice of her.

I recently received another email from Shealey saying that she is turning 13 years old this month, and asked if I would consider featuring Turkish Delight on my blog.  She and her friends plan to watch the Narnia movie trilogy on her birthday, and instead of popcorn they'll be having Turkish Delight.  I love the Chronicles of Narnia and was more than happy to oblige.  In fact, I've wanted to make a White Witch cake ever since I saw the Snow Queen cake in the book Enchanted Cakes by Debbie Brown.  This was a perfect opportunity! Although the cake structure is much the same as the one in Debbie's book, my White Witch cake was scaled down to one 9" layer and the rest of the decorating was very much improvised.

"It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating," said the Queen presently.  "What would you like best to eat?"

"Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty," said Edmund.

The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.

--excerpt,  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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