project pastry queen

Dulce de Leche Macaroons

July 29, 2012

Only four ingredients – how easy is that? This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen. When I made these, they flattened out quite a bit but are still delicious. Make sure you pack the coconut into the measuring cup rather than just sprinkling it in. The macaroons have a delicate coconut taste balanced […]


Ruby-Flecked Florentines

June 10, 2012

This week was my turn to host Project Pastry Queen, and I chose Ruby-Flecked Florentines. These lacy cookies are lightly crisp, with just the right balance of nuts, dried fruit and crunchy sweetness. The are quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a mixer. They were so good, I’ll be making them […]


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 […]

{ 1 comment }

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 […]

{ 1 comment }

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. […]


This is my latest escapade in Project Pastry Queen (go here for background info). Ladyfingers seem intimidating but are actually quite easy to make. The secret is to beat the egg yolks until they are thick and pale yellow, beat the egg whites until they are quite stiff, and gently fold in the flour without […]

{ 1 comment }

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 […]