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

By Rebecca Rather

It's Christmastime on the most sensible Little Bakery in Texas

the yearly Fredericksburg Christmas parade marks the start of the Texas Hill Country's vacation season, this means that the Pastry Queen is kicking into excessive apparatus at her quite candy Bakery and Café. As occasion invites pile up within the mailbox, Rebecca really is as much as her elbows in sticky meringue, creamy chocolate, and a sleigh choked with savory treats to meet the enjoyable wishes of her neighbors.

In The Pastry Queen Christmas, Rebecca stocks approximately a hundred conventional recipes reflecting her made-with-love-from-scratch philosophy and the tastes of small-town Texas. Show-off cakes equivalent to Chocolate Cookie Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce, and hot Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake with Amaretto Whipped Cream are the ideal toppers to a family-style banquet of Texas Spice-Rubbed Roast red meat, Baked Apple Pear Chutney, Brown Sugar Bacon, and No-Peeking Popovers. nonetheless hungry the following morning? No problem-this nation lady does a magnificent breakfast, too: Bite-Sized Sticky Buns, candy Potato Scones, cast iron Skillet Potatoes, and Mexican Ranch Chilaquiles should fill you up.

And in case you are nonetheless searching for excuses to entertain this season, you will find ooey-gooey baked items wrapped up as presents, selfmade craft and décor rules to make your house sparkle, and holiday-worthy menus sure to make your collecting a Texas-sized luck. Tree-trimming, cookie adorning, and Santas operating down major highway . . . Christmastime is here.

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And his phrases of compliment suggest extra to me than he could recognize. those cookies, identified in Italy as pignoli cookies, are well liked by either Italians and americans. they're uncomplicated, effortless to make, and freeze fantastically. in the event you fear approximately such issues, in addition they take place to be gluten-free. i locate it tough to forestall consuming them. { Yield: approximately four dozen cookies } 2 cans (8 oz every one) almond paste 2 cups powdered sugar � teaspoon kosher salt 2 huge egg whites 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup pine nuts (pignoli) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper that has been good greased with cooking spray. (Do no longer bake those cookies on simple greased baking sheets, or they are going to be most unlikely to take away in a single piece. ) utilizing an electrical mixer equipped with the paddle attachment, combine the almond paste, sugar, and salt on medium velocity till crumbly, approximately 1 minute. upload the egg whites and honey and beat on medium velocity for five mins. utilizing a 1-inch scoop, drop mounds of dough � inch aside at the ready pans. Press pine nuts into the cookies to lightly conceal the tops and aspects. (This is painstaking paintings, simply because nobody i do know has but to plan the way to press in additional than simply a number of pine nuts at a time. Persevere, figuring out that you’ll be rewarded whilst those attractive, rounded cookies emerge from the oven studded with frivolously golden nuts. ) Bake for 12 to fifteen mins, till the cookies are a deep golden brown round the edges. get rid of from the oven and enable cool thoroughly sooner than removal the cookies from the pans with a steel spatula. shop in an hermetic box for as much as three days, or wrap and freeze for as much as 1 month. TIP: Pine nuts are pricey, and since they're particularly excessive in fats, they cross rancid simply. I get monetary savings via purchasing them in huge luggage at Costco and freezing no matter what I don’t use instantly. they are often frozen for as much as nine months. Use belongings you have already got round the apartment and purchase loads of greenery is my motto by way of adorning for the vacations. I fill my prettiest bowls with embellishes or fruit, flip outdated silver trophies into sweet cane holders, and rework foodstuff into Christmas embellishes. My company accomplice, Dan Kamp, and that i purchase lots of cedar boughs, and we use them to decorate up home windows, ledges, and flower packing containers. Christmas paraphernalia that we’ve accumulated through the years nestles within the boughs and appears lovely opposed to the fairway heritage. i feel adorning calls for a party, and so much years we throw a small tree-trimming get together for our employees. we offer the food—In-the-Bag Chili Frito Pie and particularly Minty Brownies—and our wait employees is helping us costume up the bakery for Christmas. We string outside Christmas lighting fixtures, and final 12 months we erected a twelve-foot tree within the bakery courtyard. because nutrition is our enterprise, we certainly gravitate towards fit to be eaten adorns. We use clean fruit, dried fruit, chiles, and tortillas, in addition to garlands strung with gummy bears, gum drops, and clean cranberries. TO MAKE clean FRUIT embellishes: Use pink or eco-friendly ribbon to tie a knot round the stems of apples, poblano chiles, pears, or any stemmed fruit of your selection.

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