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

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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...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Ten Speed Press (first published September 2007)
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Got this cookbook from the library - when possible i like to read the cookbook abit before deciding to purchase. I do have a fairly extensive cookbook library (I do still prefer cookbooks to finding recipes online). In this case, i am not going to go out and buy it. While there were some lovely pictures, there were not enough. In this day and age of internet recipes that all have pictures, it is hard to understand why a cookbook would not include photos. I also was not super impressed with the r...more
Rebecca Rather does it again with a gorgeously photographed book of mouthwatering recipes. I just made her Torched S'mores. They were super rich- a thick graham and toasted almond crust, gooey homemade marshmallows and a thick warm chocolate sauce. If your heart doesn't beat faster after eating one of those, I think you may be dead.
I really enjoyed this book. The recipes are great. However, I wish there were more photos of the food. Most of the photos in the book are of people or the area, which is nice, but kinda makes this book more of a coffee table book.
Many of the recipes were a little labor-intensive for me at this point in my life, OR they were a little too rich, but WOW did everything look (and sound) good. The recipes seemed easy enough to follow (albeit involved), the descriptions and anecdotes were charming, and the pictures looked delicious, so I would give this book 4 stars even if I don't end up making anything from it.
Rebecca Rather is a culinary queen for sure! The Green Bean Bundles with Bacon went over really well, as did the Cheddar Green Chile Biscuits. The eggnog recipe is almost dead on our family recipe--definitely for those who like a little more nog than milk. The photography in this book is amazing as well. Sadly, neither of Rebecca's bakeries are open in Fredericksburg anymore. Time to dust this one off for Christmas.
I chose this because of the dessert recipes but the savory dishes and drink recipes deserve a mention. A few great ones that caught my eyes: Sweet Potato Scones, Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing, Carlton's Chocolate Chewies, and the frosting from the Christmas coconut Cake recipe is a unique version to the standard boiled frosting recipe (which I think is worth a look).
Based on the cover I assumed that this was a Pastry cookbook. It is so much more. There are a variety of recipes that encompass both traditional Christmas fare as well as new favourites. This book also includes tips on gingerbread houses, decorating, trimming trees and other Christmas "stuff." I am looking forward to trying some of these delicious sounding recipes.
Another fun cookbook from Ms. Rather. I'm excited to try out the sweet potato scones.
Good stuff. Checkout the Cowboy Cookies. Wow-zie.
Good stuff. Checkout the Cowboy Cookies. Wow-zie.
There needed to be more pictures of the food.
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