The Pastry Queen Christmas

Ebook $16.99

Ten Speed Press | Nov 23, 2011 | ISBN 9781607742401

  • Hardcover$32.50

    Ten Speed Press | Oct 01, 2007 | 240 Pages | 8 x 10 | ISBN 9781580087902

  • Ebook$16.99

    Ten Speed Press | Nov 23, 2011 | ISBN 9781607742401

Awards

IACP Cookbook Award WINNER 2008

Praise

Winner of 2008 IACP Cookbook Award: American category

“[This] adds up to big fun in the kitchen. Rather neatly balances unpretentious style with some adventurous flavor combinations . . . Let your sweet tooth be your guide.”
-Baltimore Sun

“The Pastry Queen Christmas is such a calling card for Fredericksburg that it ought to be required material for the town’s real estate agents. Ms. Rather’s stories about the residents are so engaging, the photography is so luscious, you’ll feel you know the town when you’re done. But the recipes, straightforward and accessible, are the reason to buy . . . Ms. Rather has updated and elevated classics just enough to be enticing but not unreachable.”
-Dallas Morning News

“This feel-good cookbook is full of irresistible menus and recipes to help you build family traditions and make you the most talked-about party thrower in your circle. Rebecca Rather shows you how to do Christmas proud.”
-Gale Gand, author of Chocolate and Vanilla

“Rebecca Rather is not my daughter, but with amazing food like this, we’d claim her as our own any day!”
-Dan Rather, former anchor of the CBS Evening News

“Rather Sweet Bakery is one of the most enchanted places in the Texas Hill Country; every confection oozes Rebecca Rather’s love of excess. It makes sense that in her glorious second book Rebecca would apply her characteristic warmth and Texas-style flair to the holidays.”
-Paula Disbrowe, author of Cowgirl Cuisine

“Rebecca Rather loves to bake and cook, and she does so, and writes about it, superbly. THE PASTRY QUEEN CHRISTMAS is a classic of great food, spectacular sweets, and truly heartfelt reminiscences of family and friends, all served up with a big dose of Texas holiday spirit.”
-Nick Malgieri, author of How to Bake and A Baker’s Tour

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

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