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

Rebecca Rather, with Alison Oresman.
Publisher Ten Speed  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781580087902
Pages/Publication Date 225/2007
Daedalus Item Code 33488
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(2008 IACP Cookbook Award Winner) The author of The Pastry Queen and the owner of the Rather Sweet Bakery and Café, a local institution in the town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Rebecca Rather here presents a book of holiday stories, images, and recipes. Rather invites readers to a Fredericksburg Christmas season with a family-style feast of Texas Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork, Baked Apple Pear Chutney, Brown Sugar Bacon, and No-Peeking Popovers. For the big finish she brings out show-off desserts like Chocolate Cookie Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce, and Warm Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake with Amaretto Whipped Cream.

"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)

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