Project Pastry Queen

PPQ: Silken Chocolate Raspberry Tart

February 5, 2012
Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Just in time for Valentine’s Day the Super Bowl lunch. This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventures: Silken Chocolate Walnut Tart. As written, it’s a rich chocolate tart with a layer of walnuts hidden inside. I eliminated the walnuts and replaced the recommended rum and a couple tablespoons of [...]

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PPQ: Grapefruit Creme Brulee

January 16, 2012
Grapefruit Creme Brulee

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Sarah of 20 Something Cupcakes: Espresso Creme Brulee. With a broken oven and no one else in the house on-board with a coffee-flavored dessert, I was going to take a pass. But then my oven came in a week early. So we celebrated. With Grapefruit Creme [...]

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PPQ: Texas Tortilla Soup

January 8, 2012
Texas Tortilla Soup

Amanda chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Texas Tortilla Soup. I was super happy to put this on the menu this week. One, our oven is broken (waaah!) and that has really messed with my mind. And our menu. Second, I’ve posted the soup before and it was in dire need of a new [...]

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Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

December 25, 2011
Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

Merry Christmas, y’all! My week to host Project Pastry Queen fell during Christmas so I picked the most Christmasy recipe I could find: Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake. It’s “just” a small loaf cake scented with lemon zest, studded with fresh cranberries, and topped with a lemon syrup that soaks into the cake. I brought the [...]

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PPQ: Beer Bread with Goat Cheese and Chives

December 19, 2011

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventure: Beer bread. Beer and bread. Those are two of my favorite things. Two things I have tried to give up in the name of smaller pants. And have happily failed This was the perfect recipe for this week. I’ve been so busy [...]

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PPQ: All Sold-Out Chicken Pot Pies

December 11, 2011
Chicken Pot Pie

Emily chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: All Sold-Out Chicken Pot Pies. If you make no other recipe from the Pastry Queen, this is the one you should try. I’ve made it before, probably no less than 50 times over the last 4 or 5 years. It’s our absolute favorite chicken pot pie recipe. [...]

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PPQ: Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

November 27, 2011
Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

My contribution for this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe is last week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe. The group is baking up Snow-Tipped Sand Tarts this week. But I’m suffering from the usual post-Thanksgiving food coma burn out so turning on the oven for 5 minutes to roast a small batch of spiced walnuts was really [...]

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PPQ: “Pretty in Pink” Shortbread Cookies

November 6, 2011
Shortbread Snowflake Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

Danmy selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Pretty in Pink Shortbread Cookies. At the Rather Sweet Bakery in Fredericksburg, the cut-out cookies are sold in the shape of a pig and glazed with a pink icing in memory of the baker’s pet pig. Aside from the occasional nervous twitch and flashbacks to a work [...]

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