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American Beauty Cake

The Pastry Queen's American Beauty Cake

Today is the very last Project Pastry Queen challenge. Over 2 years ago, Ashley and I met up in Austin to attend a cooking demo with The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather. I’d forgotten about several great recipes in the book and decided that I’d cook and bake all the way through the book. 100-ish recipes [...]

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PPQ: Ham and Cheese Kolache

Ham and Cheese Kolache

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Emily of She Makes and Bakes. And it’s one of my very, very favorite recipes in the entire book: Kolache. Kolache are czech breakfast pastries that are very popular in Texas. While traditionally topped with a cream cheese or fruit mixture, it was the savory versions [...]

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PPQ: Fredericksburg Peach Tart

We’re in the home stretch of Project Pastry Queen, just a few weeks left. This week, Emily of A Gilt Nutmeg chose to turn back the clock and make a beautiful peach tart from the early days of the project, the Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart. A sweet, ripe juicy peach is one of summer’s [...]

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PPQ: Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

I was super excited to see the recipe that Amanda selected for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Blackberry Pie Bars. Redemption. Sweet, cherry-studded redemption. Because the last time I made them, I totally bonked the recipe. Hard. There would be no bonking this time! I made a few changes this go ’round: – I [...]

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PPQ: Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley

Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley

For my week to host Project Pastry Queen, I picked the lightest recipe in the entire cookbook: Prosciutto Tostadas with Shrimp and Parsley. A crisped flour tortilla is topped with prosciutto, mixed greens, roasted red bell pepper strips, and a garlicky and lemony shrimp mixture. It’s an easy recipe that comes together very quickly. And [...]

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PPQ: Cherry Lemonade for Emily

Fresh Cherry Lemonade

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Project Pastry Queen for a celebration! Emily of Ruf Love and her husband are expecting a sweet baby boy this summer and A Gilt Nutmeg (another Emily – we have 3!) is hosting a virtual shower filled with fabulous baby shower eats to celebrate. I chose to make Cherry Lemonade. Because [...]

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Roasted Cherry Chocolate Cake

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Cake

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventures: Mahogany Cake. What you’re looking at up there, that’s not really a Mahogany Cake. Mahogany cakes usually have coffee or espresso and I skipped on the coffee this week. Because I was excited that I could afford fresh cherries! And I got [...]

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PPQ: Texas Pralines

Texas Pralines

I have working internet again. At home. To go along with the other two things I can’t live without: indoor plumbing and Diet Pepsi electricity. Not that I’d think that I could ever get tired of using Chick-fil-A’s free wifi (hello, Spicy Chicken Biscuits!) but holy cow, was I tired of packing up the entire [...]

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