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Raspberry Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

Raspberry Pot de Creme Recipe

09.13.13 by Jackie

During our trip to Paris, I'm going to post a lot of French-inspired dishes. To end the week beautifully, let me share with you a typical French sweet treat: pot de creme. I figured this individual dessert can get a little heavy so I "lightened" it up by creating a small cavity in the center and filled it with freshly-crushed raspberries. The acidity from the fruit contrasts wonderfully with the sweetness of the custard.

Sounds easy, no? Get ready to get a lot of ooohs and ahhs with very minimal effort!


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Crepe Soufflee Recipe Recipe

Crepe Soufflee Recipe

09.06.13 by Jackie

I make crêpes very often. I've done it so many times since I was a kid that I bet I could prepare this batter with my eyes closed. The only difference in today’s recipe is that I made them thicker and fluffier. A crêpe soufflée is basically a regular crêpe batter folded with egg whites. This couldn't be easier!

I flavored the dessert with fig spread, fresh figs and a dollop of whipped cream. To provide a great contrast of texture, I sprinkle crushed honey-roasted peanuts on top. Give this simple French sweet treat a try; I promise you'll be in heavenly dessert bliss!


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Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe Recipe

Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe

08.30.13 by Jackie

This fruity bread dessert is so delicious you won't believe it only requires 5 ingredients. No egg, no baking time and no more than 30 minutes prep time.

I cut black sesame and caraway Noor bread into small pieces and soaked them in hot fig preserves. Once the preserves were chilled, the cake jelled into one entity. I served the fig Noor bread cake with tangy crème fraîche for richness and pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the preserves. 

Last weekend, my good friend Laura, who's a jam expert, came over and picked 15 pounds of Black Mission figs in our garden. Aria and I helped gather as much fruit as possible so she could prepare her yummy fruit preserves. While selecting the ripe fruits, we chatted and Laura told me she would try a new technique.

The idea was to find a method that doesn't require pectin. To make the preserves, Laura started by combining water and lemon juice. After bringing the liquid to a boil, she stirred in sugar and brought the temperature to 250°F. Finally, she added the figs and vanilla beans and cooked the mixture at 220 degrees until jelled. 

I also have an announcement for this weekend. I'm going to be making a stop in Houston, Texas for an interview with Cleverley Stone on CBS Radio 650 AM at 10am Saturday. Tune in if you can, because a lucky listener will win a free copy of my cookbooks. Then I head to Barnes & Noble to sign my just released cookbook,Banh Mi, and my previous book, Haute Potato. Make sure you stay to sample a dish featured in Banh Mi! Hope you stop by and say hi! 


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Basil and Pineapple Cookie Cake Recipe Recipe

This cookie cake recipe closes our week featuring Boyajian exquisite oils and vinegars. I was inspired to make this recipe by Martha Stewart's giant chocolate chip cookie cake. I used the basil oil both in the cookie dough, which by the way contains no butter, and the mascarpone cheese filling.

To repeat and reinforce the flavors in the filling, I deep-fried basil leaves, coated them in raw sugar, crumbled them and mixed them into the mascarpone filling. I also included freshly chopped ripe pineapple to add some sweetness to this gourmet dessert. 

Happy weekend everybody!

basil oil


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Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe Recipe

Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe

08.16.13 by Jackie

Sablé cookies are French-style shortbread sweet treats that are very popular in Bretagne (Northwest part of France). Ideally, I make them with good quality yellow butter from Normandy and a hint of sea salt. 

This time, I had a large bag of dried Calimyrna figs and flavored the sandy cookie dough with them. You could use whatever dried fruit you prefer. The cookies are mildly sweet and go wonderful with tea.


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