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Pastry Cream

Desserts & Chocolate
A classic vanilla custard that’s used as a filling for éclairs, doughnuts, pies, cakes, parfaits, etc. I also mix it with stabilized whipped cream for desserts like Merveilleux, Heavenly Pie and my Crêpe Terrine Cake.

Double Pie Crust

Desserts & Chocolate
Everyone has their go-to pie crust recipe, this is mine. I don’t know if it’s fool-proof because I’ve never given it to a fool to make. I think that people take making pie crust way too seriously. The most important this is to not be afraid of it. You dough should be mottled with bits of butter that are large enough so you see streaks and blobs in it. If you can’t see the butter, you’ve overmixed the dough. Before that happens stop cutting in the butter.

Lard Pie Crust

Desserts & Chocolate
I bought this hilarious “Praise The Lard” t-shirt from Prather Meats at the Ferry Building in San Francisco (you can’t buy them online, but if you go there grab one—it’s a conversation piece), but I’ve never used it much for cooking. Strange for a gal who worships at the Church Of Pork Fat… We were at a Cherry Grove Farm in New Jersey, last month and they had leaf lard so I bought some and rendered lard for the first time this month. This recipe is for an old fashioned lard pie crust. It makes three single crust or one double crust and a single crust. There’s no point to making only one pie crust. if you don’t need the extra ones, freeze them.

Browned Butter Almond Cakes

Desserts & Chocolate, Parties & Potlucks
There’s nothing like the smell of browned butter and I’ve been making this recipe ever since I was a catering cook in Australia at Black Tie Catering.They were always a highlight of our petit fours and cookie platters. I prefer them with a tart dried fruit, but you could use fresh berries, stone fruit slices, baby figs, anything you like

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Desserts & Chocolate
I used stabilized whipped cream and opposed to unstable whipped cream in any recipe where I need the whipped cream to be molded or piped, hold it’s shape, not to weep or to stabilize another ingredient like lemon curd, as in my Heavenly Pie.


Desserts & Chocolate
Freshly made crêpes cakes seem like the uppity cousins of pancakes, but it’s almost a ruse since they are so easy. They’re thin and elegant like a fashionable French socialite and promiscuous in their ability to easily go with so many sweet and savory dishes.

Elderflower Lemon Curd

Desserts & Chocolate
Elderflowers add honey and lychee floral notes to traditional lemon curd. I make my elderflower syrup with oranges and lemon so it’s delicate, but complex. I rolled it in the crêpes and drizzled in on the whipped cream for my elderflower lemon crêpeterrine cake recipe.

Vanilla Pavlova

Gluten-Free, Desserts & Chocolate
If I can get fresh passionfruit, this is my favorite dessert of all time. If not, it has to take second place to a perfect peach pie served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Desserts & Chocolate
These are chocolaty chocolate cupcakes. I top them with chocolate ganache frosting that’s made simply from chocolate and cream and only as sweet as the chocolate you use in it.

Chocolate Pudding

Desserts & Chocolate
I drew the illustration for the pudding RECI-TEE before I ever made chocolate pudding from scratch. It was so CUTE! I had to come up with a recipe. This chocolate pudding makes people swoon and it’s so simple to make!

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Desserts & Chocolate
This is one of the first recipes that I made repeatedly which is why it inspired the first RECI-TEE t-shirt I designed. In the Stone Age, as I refer to my youth, I thought it was very clever of me to chop up Hershey’s milk and dark chocolate bar and mix them into the batter for these.

Salted Caramels

Gluten-Free, Desserts & Chocolate
I suggest you use the finest ingredients you can to make these because it adds to the “deliciousity”. That said, no one will refuse them if you use supermarket butter and cream.

Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie

Desserts & Chocolate
This was the pie that I served as part of a platter of six desserts, in my show “The Fried Chicken Theory According to Jackie Gordon: an evening of sultry soul food and sweet soul music.”. It is how I earned the nickname “The Pimp Of Pie”.

Lemon Heavenly Pie

Desserts & Chocolate
The first time I had this pie was at the first Pie Party Potluck LIVE! My friend George brought it, and I took one taste and I was hooked. It’s like an inverted lemon meringue pie where the crust is meringue. Don’t call it gluten-free because it’s so beyond that… but know that there’s no gluten in it and no one will wonder where it went.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Gluten-Free, Desserts & Chocolate, Breakfast & Brunch, Condiments & Canning
After being in the chocolate fountain business for ten years, I’ve gotten sick of strawberries. I can only eat perfectly ripe, sweet organic ones, preferably just picked. But there’s an exception and that’s when there’s rhubarb to pair with them. I will eat this combo anytime. That said, it tastes best with perfectly ripe, sweet organic strawberries, preferably just picked. I made this strawberry rhubarb compote to go with cheese blintzes on Mother’s Day for my mom.

How To Make A Banana Split Bar

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan, Desserts & Chocolate, Parties & Potlucks
Here’s the cool thing about throwing events. You don’t always have to cook to bring delight to a party or potluck or even a holiday meal. Gathering the right ingredients and making your food interactive will make it FUN. Set up a banana split bar so your guests can make their own. Who doesn’t LOVE a banana split? If you’ve got a fussy friend or two, don’t invite them. Just kidding, there’s plenty of options for them too. They can just have ice cream or just bananas or eat their weight in maraschino cherries. Everybody’s happy! You don’t need all of the items under ingredients… unless you enjoy a bit of overkill like me. Use your favorites or try one of the less processed, artisan-made alternatives I’ve listed below. For a potluck, ask each guest to bring something from the list!

Cupboard Harvest Pie

Desserts & Chocolate
This pie recipe is perfect for using up leftover dried fruits that seem to accumulate in your cupboards. You can use any type and combination of dried fruits. They will plump up when you cook them with fresh apples or pears by absorbing their juices so the pie needs no thickeners.