Heartless by Marissa Meyer EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Marissa Meyer
- Genre: Fantasy Romance for Teens, Science Fiction Romance for Teens, Teen & Young Adult Fairy Tale & Folklore Adaptations
- Publish Date: 8 November 2016
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
THREE LUSCIOUS LEMON TARTS glistened up at Catherine. She
reached her towel-wrapped hands into the oven, ignoring the
heat that enveloped her arms and pressed against her cheeks,
and lifted the tray from the hearth.
The tarts’ sunshine filling
quivered, as if glad to be freed from the stone chamber.
Cath held the tray with the same reverence one might
reserve for the King’s crown. She refused to take her eyes
from the tarts as she padded across the kitchen floor until the
tray’s edge landed on the baker’s table with a satisfying
thump. The tarts trembled for a moment more before falling
still, flawless and gleaming.
Setting the towels aside, she picked through the curled,
sugared lemon peels laid out on parchment and arranged them
like rose blossoms on the tarts, settling each strip into the stillwarm centre. The aromas of sweet citrus and buttery, flaky
crust curled beneath her nose.
She stepped back to admire her work.
The tarts had taken her all morning. Five hours of weighing
the butter and sugar and flour, of mixing and kneading and
rolling the dough, of whisking and simmering and straining
the egg yolks and lemon juice until they were thick and
creamy and the colour of buttercups. She had glazed the crust
and crimped the edges like a lace doily.
She had boiled and
candied the delicate strips of lemon peel and ground sugar
crystals into a fine powder for garnish. Her fingers itched to
dust the tart edges now, but she refrained. They had to cool
first, or else the sugar would melt into unattractive puddles on
These tarts encompassed everything she had learned from
the tattered recipe books on the kitchen shelf. There was not a
hurried moment nor a careless touch nor a lesser ingredient in
those fluted pans. She had been meticulous at every step. She
had baked her very heart into them.
Her inspection lingered, her eyes scanning every inch, every
roll of the crust, every shining surface.
Finally, she allowed herself a smile.
Before her sat three perfect lemon tarts, and everyone in
Hearts – from the dodo birds to the King himself – would have
to recognize that she was the best baker in the kingdom. Even
her own mother would be forced to admit that it was so.
Her anxiety released, she bounced on her toes and squealed
into her clasped hands.
‘You are my crowning joy,’ she proclaimed, spreading her
arms wide over the tarts, as if bestowing a knighthood upon
them. ‘Now I bid you to go into the world with your lemony
scrumptiousness and bring forth smiles from every mouth you
grace with your presence.’
‘Speaking to the food again, Lady Catherine?’
‘Ah-ah, not just any food, Cheshire.’ She lifted a finger
without glancing back. ‘Might I introduce to you the most
wondrous lemon tarts ever to be baked within the great
Kingdom of Hearts!’
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