Texas Pralines

May 20, 2012

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe is Texas Pralines, chosen by Shawnda of Confessions of a Foodie Bride. These candies are sweet and creamy, and the deep flavor of caramelized sugar complements the pecans perfectly. They are quite easy to make, and the only special equipment you need is a candy thermometer and a large […]

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Lemon Bars

May 13, 2012

When I was baking professionally, I made many hundreds, if not thousands, of these. There are many recipes for lemon bars out there, and all are based on the same basic formula – a tangy lemon filling baked over a buttery shortbread crust. Lemon bars are easy  to make and nearly everyone loves them. My […]


This week’s Project Pastry Queen item is Dulce de Leche Arborio Rice Pudding, hosted by Emily of Ruf Love. It’s a rich, creamy baked rice pudding infused with the delicious caramel flavor unique to dulce de leche. In The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather gives instructions for making your own dulce de leche, but if I […]

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Oatmeal Crisps

April 22, 2012

It’s my turn to host Project Pasty Queen and this week’s challenge was Oatmeal Crisps. I love oatmeal treats that involve butter and brown sugar so was looking forward to making these. They are incredibly easy and very quick to mix and bake. The bars are crisp without being crunchy, and have just the right […]


Here is my latest contribution to Project Pastry Queen. These cupcakes are a bit like a peanut butter cup, with the chocolate in the middle instead of on the outside. They have just the right combination of peanut butter accented with brown sugar, and a surprise of dark chocolate hiding in the middle and peanutty […]


This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. These come together very quickly and are fairly easy to make. These bars are delicious, not too sweet, and full of nutritious oats, almonds, seeds and dried cranberries. I stayed very true to the original recipe. […]


Today’s mission: bake a chocolate chip cookie that didn’t contain any dairy, eggs or soy (my friends and family have a host of food allergies/intolerances.) Thank goodness for this book, because I needed some help. It’s also quite a challenge to find chocolate that doesn’t contain soy lecithin. My local natural foods store sells Rapunzel […]

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I was poking around the internet one night and happened upon a blog titled “Project Pastry Queen” and was intrigued. Rebecca Rather’s book, “The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe” has been one of my favorites for many years. It turns out the members of Project Pastry […]


Rolled Sugar Cookies

February 12, 2012

I love this rolled sugar cookie. It’s light and flaky, and delicately flavored with just the right amount of sweetness. I make them for nearly every holiday – Valentine’s Day hearts, St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks, Easter bunnies and chicks, Springtime flowers, Autumn leaves and Christmas snowflakes. The dough whips up in no time and only […]


Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

February 8, 2012

Sugar cookies are one of those things that are so simple, yet so delicious and nearly everyone seems to enjoy them. I had bookmarked a recipe in Rebecca Rather’s book, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, called “Sugar Saucers” and had been wanting to try it […]