Show-Stopping Make-Ahead Desserts
Gale Gand is the pastry chef and partner of Chicago's Spritz Burger, and a partner in the Michelin one-star restaurant Tru. She served as host of Food Network's long-running show "Sweet Dreams" and is also the author of eight cookbooks, including “Butter Sugar Flour Eggs” and “Short and Sweet.”
01: Impressive Layer Cakes
Chef Gale Gand begins by showing you how to make two jaw-dropping layer cakes: a rich Irish coffee cake topped with chocolate curls, and a decadent toasted coconut cake adorned with crystallized petals.
02: Lemon Meringue Cake
Watch as Gale prepares her twist on the classic lemon meringue pie: a buttery cake with a lemon curd filling. Discover two ways to decorate with meringue using a palette knife or piping bag, and a blow torch, for a dramatic finish.
03: Blueberry-Strawberry Frangipane Tart
Up your pastry game as you learn how to transform classic pâte brisée dough into a blueberry-strawberry frangipane tart. And, find out how to add gold leaf for an extra-special finish.
04: Orange-Infused Chocolate Truffles
Both rustic and refined, Gale's orange-infused chocolate truffles include crème fraîche for an extra pop of flavor. Gale shows you how to coat your truffles, then shares ideas for a range of finishes.
05: Cuccidati Cookies
Be the star of your next cookie swap with Italian filled cookies! In this lesson, Gale shares the secrets to making cuccidati, traditional Sicilian fig-stuffed cookies.
06: Bourbon Mousse in a Rolled Chocolate Shell
Wrap things up by learning to make one of Gale's favorite recipes: bourbon-chocolate mousse in a rolled chocolate shell. Watch as she combines airy, boozy mousse with bittersweet chocolate, milk, and white chocolate to create a harmonious blend of flavor.