Project Pastry Queen

PPQ: Southern Comfort Apple Pie

October 31, 2011
Southern Comfort Apple Pie

That right there – that’s going to be my contribution to Thanksgiving this year. If you follow any of the other Project Pastry Queen members’ blogs (and you totally should), you’ve probably read high praise about this week’s recipe: Southern Comfort Apple Pie, chosen by Sarah of 20-Something Cupcakes. I will echo the praise: this [...]

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Tuxedo Cake

October 2, 2011
Tuxedo Cake

It’s my turn to host Project Pastry Queen so I chose the very first recipe that I ever baked from the book – the reason I bought the book – the Tuxedo Cake. People have always gone nuts over this cake, even before taking a bite into it. The mile high cake, the fluffy white [...]

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

September 28, 2011
Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was one of the more fun and unique recipes in The Pastry Queen: Caesar Salad Pizzas, selected by Alice of This Home Plate. It’s exactly what you’d expect: romaine, parmesan, and croutons are tossed with an out-of-this-world homemade dressing. And then all that is put on top of already-cooked, [...]

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Bananas Foster Shortcake

September 21, 2011
Bananas Foster Shortcakes

For last week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge, the group baked up some Bananas Foster Shortcakes, while I stood by staring at the bunch of neon green bananas on my counter. I have never seen bananas so green! And in typical banana fashion, two days later they were almost too ripe to use. This dish is [...]

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PPQ: Texas Pecan Pie Bars

September 5, 2011
Texas Pecan Pie Bars

Every fall, we’d return home from my grandparents’ little farm in northeast Texas with a car full of kids and pecans. Brown paper sacks filled to the top with whole pecans sat on the floorboards and left very little room for 8 feet on that 5-hour car ride. Then the real work began. We’d spend [...]

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PPQ: Rather Sweet Sangria

August 14, 2011
Rather Sweet Sangria

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Fake Ginger – Rather Sweet Sangria. Named after the bakery where it’s served, Rather Sweet Sangria was one of the very first recipes I ever made out of The Pastry Queen cookbook. It’s a pretty standard recipe – red wine, sparkling water, and a [...]

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Turbo Charged Brownies with Salted Caramel & Walnuts

August 8, 2011
Turbo Charged Brownies with Salted Caramel and Walnuts

That’s a big title for a dessert with big flavors. This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Tara of Smells Like Home: Turbo Charged Brownies with Praline Topping. The brownies are moist, light and fluffy. They’re not overly dense or fudgey, which is how I typically like my brownies. They have just a [...]

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Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream

July 24, 2011
Peach Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

It’s my turn to host Project Pastry Queen this week so I picked cake. But that’s not just any cake, that’s a birthday cake! A 50 something-th birthday cake for the man who made sure that I knew more about football at 11 than most grown men. The man who searched the entire neighborhood for [...]

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