The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style

The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style

Rebecca Rather

Language: English

Pages: 240


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

It's Christmastime at the Best Little Bakery in Texas

The annual Fredericksburg Christmas parade marks the beginning of the Texas Hill Country's holiday season, which means the Pastry Queen is kicking into high gear at her Rather Sweet Bakery and Café. As party invitations pile up in the mailbox, Rebecca Rather is up to her elbows in sticky meringue, creamy chocolate, and a sleigh full of savory treats to meet the entertaining needs of her neighbors.

In The Pastry Queen Christmas, Rebecca shares nearly 100 traditional recipes reflecting her made-with-love-from-scratch philosophy and the tastes of small-town Texas. Show-off desserts such as Chocolate Cookie Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce, and Warm Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake with Amaretto Whipped Cream are the perfect toppers to a family-style feast of Texas Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork, Baked Apple Pear Chutney, Brown Sugar Bacon, and No-Peeking Popovers. Still hungry the next morning? No problem-this country girl does an impressive breakfast, too: Bite-Sized Sticky Buns, Sweet Potato Scones, Cast-Iron Skillet Potatoes, and Mexican Ranch Chilaquiles ought to fill you up.

And if you're still looking for excuses to entertain this season, you'll find ooey-gooey baked goods wrapped up as gifts, homemade craft and décor ideas to make your home sparkle, and holiday-worthy menus guaranteed to make your gathering a Texas-sized success. Tree-trimming, cookie decorating, and Santas running down Main Street . . . Christmastime is here.

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minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, then add the cocoa paste while continuing to beat. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and beat the batter for about 4 minutes. In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir the vanilla into the buttermilk (this can be done in the measuring cup). Add the flour mixture in 3 increments alternately with the buttermilk in 2 increments, starting and ending with the flour. Beat on medium

the cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the powdered sugar and whiskey. Pour the hot coffee into mugs and top each serving with a dollop of flavored whipped cream. RATHER SWEET VARIATIONS To make Double-Whiskey Cowboy Coffee, fill mugs three-fourths full with hot coffee. Add 1 shot Bushmills Irish whiskey and a heaping tablespoonful of whiskey-kissed whipped cream to each cup. Serve immediately. Native Texans Patty and Jay Jones have perfected the art of brewing cowboy

baking dish. To make the topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, pecans, and candied ginger. Evenly sprinkle the potatoes with the topping and bake for about 30 minutes. TIP: Is it a yam or a sweet potato, and should you really care? Much confusion arises when it comes to the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. There is a difference, and it is almost certain that, regardless of its label, the tuber you’ll encounter in most American grocery stores is

flavor milkshakes; and almost everyone loves it. I use one master recipe to make chocolate sauce and supplement with extra ingredients to make additional flavors. If you wish, triple the basic recipe, then divide it into thirds and add different flavorings to each batch. To give as presents, pour a portion of each of the sauces into a clean jelly jar, stack them, and tie the group together with ribbons or raffia. (I also use invisible tape to hold them together and to give them extra stability.)

Soups Mother’s Lobster Bisque Oysters Rockefeller Soup Split Pea Soup Sour Cream and Chicken Enchiladas Spinach Creamy Chicken Lasagna (variation) Oysters Rockefeller Soup Sour Cream and Chicken Enchiladas (variation) Split Pea Soup Squash Margie’s Christmas Squash Zucchini Timbales Sticky Buns, Bite-Sized Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce Stocks Shrimp Stock Turkey Stock Sugar Cookies, Grandma’s Sugar Syrup Glue, col6.1, col6.2 Sugg, Redding S., Jr. Sweet

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