Cookbook review of the Pastry Queen Christmas - Big Hearted Entertaining Texas Style, plus free sample holiday recipes.
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. While fine pastry recipes are definitely well represented in these pages, there's much, much more. There are holiday recipes of all kinds - from cocktail party appetizers to the formal main feast to thoughtful gifts you make in your own kitchen. Rebecca also shares party plans for five unique holiday get togethers: Holiday Open House, Ranch Barn Brunch, Christmas Even, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
Since the author is the Pastry Queen of Fredericksburg, Texas (in the hill country) and owner of the Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe, the book really shines when it comes to desserts. You'll find many spectacular, reputation making recipes you'll turn to over and over again, whenever you need to impress. There's also a substantial chapter on making gingerbread houses, so your holiday treats will look as good as they taste.
Rebecca's recipes are clear and well thought out, so you don't have to be a chef to get great results. Peppered throughout the pages are her tips and ideas for holiday decorating, gift giving, entertaining and fun. And while the subtitle of this book is "Big Hearted Entertaining Texas Style," the recipes and ideas will work equally well outside the Lone Star State.
See the Related Recipes section below for sample recipes from this book.