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

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Though Rather's known as the Pastry Queen, the author and baker-owner of the Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in Fredericksburg, Tex., covers a lot more than baked goods in this comprehensive collection of holiday recipes from her native state. Organized by event (holiday open house, brunch, Christmas Eve, etc.), Rather offers an array of ideas sure to keep table legs groaning and belts loosening. Red velvet cupcakes get a jolt of sour sweetness from mascarpone cream cheese icing, and a delicious Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadilla is topped with a colorful pecan and cranberry salsa laced with orange zest, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and jalapeno. Decadent Creamy Chicken Lasagna, Oysters Rockefeller Soup and Chocolate Cookie-Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake each guarantee a memorable event, and Rather's Texas roots shine through in a duo of holiday martinis featuring prickly pear syrup, tamales with a tomatillo sauce and a corn bread dressing (Mother's Best) so loaded with flavor that diners will forget any other kind exists. Helpful advice on advance preparations and clever variations abound; rounded out with packaging ideas for edible gifts and complete instructions on baking, assembling and decorating a gingerbread house (complete with templates), this is sure to become a holiday favorite." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Rebecca Rather shares nearly 100 traditional recipes reflecting her made-with-love-from-scratch philosophy and the tastes of small-town Texas. Chapters are organized by occasion and entertaining and craft ideas are included.Ten Speed Press

About the Author

REBECCA RATHER started the Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in 1999 and has been hawking buttery scones and luscious cakes from behind the case ever since. She has been featured in Texas Monthly, Gourmet, Ladies’ Home Journal, Food & Wine, Southern Living, Chocolatier, and Saveur. Rebecca cooks, bakes, and hangs her saddle in Fredericksburg, Texas.

ALISON ORESMAN has worked as a journalist and restaurant critic for more than 20 years, writing and editing for newspapers in Wyoming, Florida, and Washington State. She lives in Bellevue, Washington.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments - xi

Introduction - 1

 

chapter one

Holiday Open House - 7

Old-Fashioned Eggnog -  9

Sweet Potato Scones - 10

Cranberry-Walnut Scones - 13

Savory Rice Balls - 16

Mustard Baked Ham - 19

Mamie's Marinated Green Bean and Artichoke Salad - 20

Split Pea Soup - 21

Green Chile and Cheddar Baking Powder Biscuits - 22

Creamy Chicken Lasagna - 24

Pear and Apricot Jam Bars - 26

Aunt Milbry's Fruitcake - 28

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Icing - 30

King-Sized Key Lime Pie - 35

Tiny Whiskey-Glazed Eggnog Cakes - 37

Panna Cotta Parfaits with Hibiscus-Berry Compote - 38

Mr. Vallone's Italian Cookies - 40

 

Outdoor Tree Trimming - 43

In-the-Bag Chili Frito Pie - 44

Rather Minty Brownies - 46

Coconut Snowballs - 48

My Mistake Cookies - 49

 

chapter two

Ranch Barn Brunch - 51

Larry Doll's Famous Cranberry Margaritas - 52

Texas Antipasto Platter: Sea Salt Roasted

Almonds, Shrimp Rémoulade, Focaccia Bruschetta - 54

Seasonal Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - 58

Brown Sugar Bacon - 61

Cherry Tomatoes with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette - 62

Mexican Ranch Chilaquiles - 65

Pan de Campo (Mexican Camp Bread) - 68

Cast-Iron Skillet Potatoes - 71

Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing - 72

Earthquake Cake - 75

Cowboy Cookies - 78

Bite-Sized Sticky Buns - 79

Sopaipillas - 80

Cowboy Coffee Straight - 83

 

Making Gingerbread Houses - 85

Gingerbread house - 87

Sour Cream and Chicken Enchiladas - 92

Guacamole with Pico de Gallo - 93

Torched S'mores - 94

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Bites - 96

 

chapter three

Christmas Eve - 99

LBJ Ranch Crown Roast of Lamb with Rice

Stuffing and Jalapeño-Mint Sauce - 101

Zucchini Timbales - 104

Ensalada de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Salad) - 105

Oysters Rockefeller Soup - 106

Blue Corn Blinis with Crab and Avocado Crema - 108

Mascarpone Grits Cakes - 111

Holiday Martinis: Prickly in Pink Martini, Texas Sunset - 112

Martha's Best-Ever Rolls - 114

Green Olive Beef Tenderloin - 117

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce - 118

Apple Dumplings - 120

Christmas Coconut Cake - 123

Hot Mocha Cakes - 126

Warm Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake with Amaretto Whipped Cream - 128

Mini Bourbon–Macadamia Nut Pies - 130

 

Cookie Decorating - 133

Rebecca's Homemade Lollipops - 134

Chicken and Egg Checkerboard Club Sandwiches - 135

Fresh Veggies with Rather Sweet Ranch Dressing - 138

Grandma's Sugar Cookies - 139

 

chapter four

Christmas Day - 143

Hot Spiced Citrus Claret - 145

Crab in Ramekins - 146

Green Bean Bundles - 147

Baked Apple Pear Chutney - 149

Texas Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork - 150

Fresh Pear and Candied-Walnut Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette - 152

Cajun Roast Turkey - 154

My Mother's Best Corn Bread Dressing - 156

Day-after-Christmas Cajun Turkey Gumbo - 158

My Sister-in-Law's Candied Sweet Potato Casserole - 160

Margie's Christmas Squash - 161

Grandma Wyche's Gingerbread - 162

Chocolate Cookie Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake - 165

Carlton's Chocolate Chewies - 166

 

Wrapping Up the Holidays with Edible Gifts - 169

Rosa's Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce - 172

Butter Meringue Nuts - 176

Cheese Crispies - 177

Denise's Vanilla Caramels - 178

Lola's Sunday Fudge - 179

Chocolate Sauce - 180

 

chapter five

New Year's Eve - 183

Alice Lon's Champagne Punch - 185

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Cranberry-Pecan Salsa - 186

Paula's Scallop, Pancetta, and Radicchio Salad - 189

Mother's Lobster Bisque - 190

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon, Onions, and Garlic - 191

Shrimp 'n' Grits - 193

Ken Hall's Standing Rib Roast - 195

No-Peeking Popovers - 197

Glazed Chocolate Pavé - 198

Frances's Bread and Jam Pudding - 200

Caramel Pie with Meringue Topping - 203

Good Luck Truffles -  206

 

Appendix: Gingerbread House Templates - 208

Index - 217

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580087902
Author:
Rather, Rebecca
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
With:
Oresman, Alison
Photographer:
Smith, Laurie
Author:
Smith, Laurie
Author:
Oresman, Alison
Subject:
Holiday - Christmas/Hanukkah
Subject:
Entertaining - General
Subject:
Entertaining
Subject:
Christmas cookery
Subject:
Holiday
Subject:
Pastry
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Holidays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10.41x8.39x.85 in. 2.32 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Ten Speed Press - English 9781580087902 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though Rather's known as the Pastry Queen, the author and baker-owner of the Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in Fredericksburg, Tex., covers a lot more than baked goods in this comprehensive collection of holiday recipes from her native state. Organized by event (holiday open house, brunch, Christmas Eve, etc.), Rather offers an array of ideas sure to keep table legs groaning and belts loosening. Red velvet cupcakes get a jolt of sour sweetness from mascarpone cream cheese icing, and a delicious Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadilla is topped with a colorful pecan and cranberry salsa laced with orange zest, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and jalapeno. Decadent Creamy Chicken Lasagna, Oysters Rockefeller Soup and Chocolate Cookie-Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake each guarantee a memorable event, and Rather's Texas roots shine through in a duo of holiday martinis featuring prickly pear syrup, tamales with a tomatillo sauce and a corn bread dressing (Mother's Best) so loaded with flavor that diners will forget any other kind exists. Helpful advice on advance preparations and clever variations abound; rounded out with packaging ideas for edible gifts and complete instructions on baking, assembling and decorating a gingerbread house (complete with templates), this is sure to become a holiday favorite." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Rebecca Rather shares nearly 100 traditional recipes reflecting her made-with-love-from-scratch philosophy and the tastes of small-town Texas. Chapters are organized by occasion and entertaining and craft ideas are included.Ten Speed Press
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