The Pastry Queen Christmas

Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style

By Rebecca Rather; Laurie Smith (Photographer); Alison Oresman
(Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781580087902, 225pp.)

Publication Date: October 2007

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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 Cafe. 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 decor 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.

About the Author
REBECCA RATHER started the Rather Sweet Bakery and Caf? 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.

Smith is a photographer.

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.
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