Deputy Sheriff Charlie Pruitt got more than he bargained for when he joined the all-female Jane Austen Summer Reading Club in The Deputy’s Perfect Match. But like every good Austen novel, in the end he received the best gift of all—the girl.
Quick Tip—boxed batter mix can be used to shorten prep time.
Cinnamon filling—Stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place the filling into a quart-size zippered storage baggie. Allow to thicken at room temperature while completing the next step in the process. Filling texture will be similar to squeezing toothpaste out of a tube when ready for use.
Glaze—Melt the butter over low heat. Add cream cheese and whip until smooth. Remove the pan from heat. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then set aside.
Pancake batter—whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (small lumps are okay).
Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and heat to a medium temperature. Utilize an ice cream scoop or 1⁄3 cup measuring cup to add batter to the skillet. Use the bottom of the utensil to spread the batter into an even circle (about 5 inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium-low.
Inside the baggie, stir the cinnamon filling before using. Then snip the corner of the baggie. Pipe cinnamon filling on each pancake, beginning from the center and swirling outward.
Cook about 3-4 minutes, until bubbles begin to appear and the pancake is golden brown on the bottom. With a thin spatula, gently and quickly flip the pancake. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
Transfer pancake onto a plate. Re-spray the skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and cook the remaining batter into pancakes.
Drizzle cream cheese glaze over the stack of pancakes and serve. Enjoy.
When I was in the 6th grade, I had a friend named Tina. After the death of her parents, she lived with her grandmother. When Tina’s grandmother died, she and her brother were sent to separate foster homes. I will never forget the aching sadness and fear on Tina’s face their last day together at school. I never saw or heard from Tina again. I’ve always hoped that one day she and her brother would find each other again. And so, was born The Deputy’s Perfect Match.
The theme of this book is about wounded hearts. Is there a balm that can soothe hurting souls? There is—and His name is Jesus. It is the love of God and the blood of Christ that makes the wounded whole.
I hope you will enjoy taking this journey with me, Charlie and Evy.