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Publisher Comments:

The Best Little From-Scratch Bakery in Texas

 

The pastry case in Rebecca Rather's bakery in Fredericksburg is packed with ultra-buttery scones, luscious cakes, cookies the size of saucers, brownies as big as bricks, and fruit pies that look as though they came straight out of Grandma's oven. Since the day Rebecca and her Rather Sweet Bakery and Café came to town, life in this Hill Country hamlet has been even sweeter and the townsfolk now know why she is the Pastry Queen. Everything she makes is a lot like her: down-home yet grand, and familiar yet one-of-a-kind.

 

A native Texan, Rather makes the most of her Lone Star state's varied traditions, whether looking to the kitchens of Texas's Mexican and German immigrants or to the cowboy culture of her own forebears. Best of all, her recipes aren't fussy—one of her best-selling cakes stirs together in a single saucepan. Add in a cupful of Texas attitude and her made-from-scratch-with-love philosophy, and you've got an irresistible taste of American baking.

 

What's best at Rather Sweet? Rebecca's customers all have their favorites (and she is happy to cater to their cravings), but here's just a taste of the perennial best sellers:

 

•  Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones

•  Texas Big Hairs Lemon-Lime Tarts (the only big hair Rebecca has ever had!)

•  Fourth of July Fried Pies

•  Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

•  Turbo-Charged Brownies with Praline Topping

•  All-Sold-Out Chicken Pot Pies

•  Kolaches (pillowy yeasted buns with sweet or savory fillings)

•  PB&J Cookies

 

With over 125 surefire tested recipes and 100 photographs that richly capture small-town life in the Hill Country, The Pastry Queen offers a Texas-size serving of the royal splendor of Rebecca's baked goods—courtesy of the rather sweet gal behind the case.

Review:

"This cookbook offers recipes for dozens of classic treats like oatmeal cookies, carrot cake and pecan pie-but often with novel twists: pineapple and coconut swirl through the carrot cake, the pecan pie takes the form of a brownie and the oatmeal cookies are fashioned into 'crisps.' Still, most of the recipes are pleasingly old-fashioned and sweet enough to send an unsuspecting baker into diabetic shock. The Grasshopper Pie calls for an entire cup of sugar, plus marshmallow crème and hot fudge sauce, and the Bananas Foster Shortcakes deliver sugary banana flavor amped up to maximum volume. The author is the proprietress of The Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in Texas, and she offers several signature Lone Star state desserts: a rich Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart, crunchy Texas Pralines and Texas Big Hairs Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts, with meringue piled as high as a Houston debutante's coif. The cookbook also offers a few non-dessert selections, mostly soups, salads, quesadillas and the like. Though these dishes are tasty-it's hard to object to Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley or a warm, pleasing Wild Mushroom Soup-it's the sugary-sweet and fun-to-bake Texas-style desserts that make this rather sweet, and rather expensive, cookbook worth the splurge." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

More than 150 delicious recipes from the best little from-scratch bakery in Texas: Rather Sweet, in Fredericksburg, a favorite Hill Country destination for Austin foodies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments - xi

 

Breakfast Eats, Muffins, and Scones - 6

Jailhouse Potato-Cinnamon Rolls - 8

Fresh Ginger-Pear Quick Bread - 11

Eddie's Autumn Pumpkin Bread with Pecan Streusel Topping - 12

Jonnie's Breakfast Granola - 13

Kolaches - 15

Mother's Day Pancakes - 18

Individual Baked Omelets - 19

Crème Brûlée French Toast - 20

Banana Bran Muffins - 21

Peach Jam Scones - 22

Chocolate Chip Scones - 23

Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones - 24

Essence of Orange Muffins - 27

Whole Lemon Muffins - 28

 

Pies and Tarts - 30

Texas Big Hairs Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts - 32

Texas Big Hairs Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue Tarts - 36

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Struesel Topping - 38

Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart - 40

Frangelico-Hazelnut Fruit Tart - 42

Black-and-White Cranberry Tarts - 43

Buttermilk Pecan Pie - 45

Fourth of July Fried Pies - 47

Aunt Mollie's Coconut Cream Pie - 50

Chef Mark's Southern Comfort Apple Pie - 53

Silken Chocolate-Walnut Tart - 55

Grasshopper Pie - 56

 

Everyday Desserts and Candies - 58

Emergency Fruit Crostatas - 61

Petite Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Fresh Fruit - 64

Hill Country Peach Cobbler - 65

Individual Pear-Maple Cobblers - 66

Mexican Chocolate Fudge-Pecan Cake - 67

Mahogany Cake - 70

Orange-Date Bundt Cake - 72

Totally Rummy Pound Cake - 74

Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake - 76

Oatmeal Crisps - 77

Cappuccino Cheesecakes - 78

Mrs. Chisholm's Divinity - 79

Coconut Cream Flan - 80

Texas Pralines - 81

 

Desserts for Special Occasions and Holidays - 82

American Beauty Cake - 84

Tuxedo Cake - 86

Larger-than-Life Praline Cheesecake - 89

Bananas Foster Shortcakes - 90

Strawberry Ricotta Cake - 92

Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting - 94

Cream-Filled Pumpkin Roll - 97

Mini Apple-Cinnamon Loaves with Calvados Glaze - 99

Espresso Crème Brûlée - 100

Toffee Bar Brownie Torte - 102

Tiramisù with Homemade Ladyfingers - 104

Dulce de Leche–Arborio Rice Pudding - 106

Muchas Leches Cake with Sugared Almonds - 109

Almond Bliss German Chocolate Cake - 112

Seventh Heaven Chocolate Truffle Cake - 114

White Chocolate–Snickers Mousse - 118

White-on-White Buttermilk Cake with Jack Daniel's Buttercream - 120

Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut–Cream Cheese Frosting - 122

 

Cookies, Brownies, and Bars - 124

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies - 127

Triple-Threat Chocolate Chip Cookies - 128

Sugar Saucers - 130

Chock-Full-of-Nuts Cookies - 132

Café Chocolate-Cherry Bites - 133

Caramel-Filled Brownies - 135

Turbo-Charged Brownies with Praline Topping - 137

Double-Ginger Chews - 140

Ruby-Flecked Florentines - 141

Dulce de Leche Macaroons - 142

Snow-Tipped Sand Tarts - 143

Texas Pecan Pie Bars - 145

Blackberry Pie Bars - 146

Lemon-Champagne Bars with Strawberry Brûlée Topping - 147

Bunches of Biscotti - 148

 

Lunches and Light Dinners - 150

Beer Bread - 153

Rocket Rolls - 154

Nuevo Texas Waldorf Salad - 156

Rather Rich Corn Muffins - 157

Apple-Almond Chicken Salad with Homemade Mayonnaise - 158

Field Greens with Spiced Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Vinaigrette - 160

Chicken Satay with Yogurt-Cucumber Dipping Sauce - 162

Caesar Salad Pizzas - 163

Wild Rice and Chickpea Salad - 167

Wild Mushroom Soup - 168

Curried Butternut Squash Soup - 169

Texas Tortilla Soup - 170

Gulf Coast Shrimp Quesadillas - 172

Brie and Brisket Quesadillas - 174

Rather Sweet Bread and Cheese Board - 177

Green Chile Crab Cakes with Tomatillo Salsa - 178

All-Sold-Out Chicken Pot Pies - 180

Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley - 183

King Ranch Casserole - 184

Ground Beef Gorditas - 186

Savory Crab and Shrimp Cheesecake - 188

 

Treats Kids Love - 190

Sticky-Fingers Bars - 193

Ginger People - 194

Franny's Fave Peanut Butter–Banana Cream Pie with Hot Fudge Sauce - 196

Peanut Buttercups with Peanut-Penuche Icing - 200

PB&J Cookies with Honey-Roasted Peanuts - 203

Mars Pies - 204

Pretty-in-Pink Shortbread Pigs - 206

Maple-Glazed Oatmeal Cookies - 209

Jubilation Granola Chews - 210

Pumpkin Yumkins - 211

 

Drinks - 212

Watermelon Lemonade - 214

Frothy Vanilla Milk - 215

Tommye Wood's Milk (Sure Packs a) Punch - 216

Rather Sweet Sangria - 217

Hill Country Guanabana Margaritas - 218

No Bull Bloody Marys - 219

 

Index - 220

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580085625
Author:
Rather, Rebecca
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Oresman, Alison
Subject:
General
Subject:
Baking
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Pastry
Subject:
Baked products
Subject:
Pastry
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Pies and Pastries
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10.30x8.32x.90 in. 2.29 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Ten Speed Press - English 9781580085625 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This cookbook offers recipes for dozens of classic treats like oatmeal cookies, carrot cake and pecan pie-but often with novel twists: pineapple and coconut swirl through the carrot cake, the pecan pie takes the form of a brownie and the oatmeal cookies are fashioned into 'crisps.' Still, most of the recipes are pleasingly old-fashioned and sweet enough to send an unsuspecting baker into diabetic shock. The Grasshopper Pie calls for an entire cup of sugar, plus marshmallow crème and hot fudge sauce, and the Bananas Foster Shortcakes deliver sugary banana flavor amped up to maximum volume. The author is the proprietress of The Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in Texas, and she offers several signature Lone Star state desserts: a rich Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart, crunchy Texas Pralines and Texas Big Hairs Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts, with meringue piled as high as a Houston debutante's coif. The cookbook also offers a few non-dessert selections, mostly soups, salads, quesadillas and the like. Though these dishes are tasty-it's hard to object to Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley or a warm, pleasing Wild Mushroom Soup-it's the sugary-sweet and fun-to-bake Texas-style desserts that make this rather sweet, and rather expensive, cookbook worth the splurge." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , More than 150 delicious recipes from the best little from-scratch bakery in Texas: Rather Sweet, in Fredericksburg, a favorite Hill Country destination for Austin foodies.
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