Brooke Parkhurst, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Brooke Parkhurst has tested.

Brooke is a recovering restaurant pastry chef and former bakery owner who, when stressed out, likes to decompress by trying “Great British Bake Off” technical challenges! In spite of this quirk, she’s a huge fan of simple cakes and home-style desserts. She also loves making Indian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern dishes as well as just about anything with pork. Basically, she can be found happily puttering in the kitchen whenever she has a spare moment.

She and her wife live in rural Northern Maryland and enjoy the scenery and the local farms.

Mocha walnut torte on a white plate with 2 pieces sliced and 1 piece missing.

Dorie Greenspan’s Mocha Walnut Torte

A rich walnut torte, that happens to be gluten-free and full of chocolate and coffee flavor, is a perfect dessert for sharing. Especially when covered with rich ganache.

A table with colourful napkins, a plate with a slice of pie, a cup of coffee, and a yellow pie plate with a chocolate buttermilk pie that's missing one slice.

Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

A creamy, custardy pie that everyone who tested it, also ate it for breakfast. Pie is breakfast, people. Chocolate pie is better than dry toast, for sure.

A wooden tray with 4 squares of double butterscotch blondies, with nuts sprinkled around them.

Double Butterscotch Blondies

Depending on your age, this may be a brand new treat or a throwback. Either way, if you love butterscotch, you’re gonna love these little delights.

A ceramic bowl of butter chicken garnished with cilantro, beside a bowl of rice, and a plate of naan bread.

Butter Chicken

Often overlooked at Indian restaurants, butter chicken really can be a truly captivating dish. Give this version a try and see what you think.

A creamy pottery bowl filled with a warm lentil salad, made with green and brown lentils, bacon, shallots and chives.

Warm Lentil Salad

Warm lentil salad, filled with the earthy flavor of lentils, slab bacon, onions, and shallots, is tossed with a walnut oil dressing. A fantastic side dish.

A cast-iron skillet filled with a tomato and cheese pie, one slice missing. Next to it, aq white plate with a half eaten slice of pie.

Tomato and Cheese Pie

Tomato pie is a summer staple that combines tart and peppery flavors to fantastic effect, especially when combined with a cream cheese crust.

Three glass bowls filled with coffee mousse sprinkled with nuts, on a

Whipped Coffee Mousse

A lovely coffee-flavored dessert that’s reminiscent of tiramisu but much, much easier. Coffee, ricotta, heavy cream, and amaretti make it possible.

A metal sheet pan filled with lemon ginger chicken legs and thighs with shallots and lemon slices.

Lemon Ginger Chicken

Winner, winner, for sure. We hear that this chicken dinner is pleasing, quick, and lip-smackingly tasty. Perfect for anytime you’re hungry and need something good and fast.

A blue plate topped with shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles.

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

A lightened-up version of shrimp scampi replaces butter-soaked noodles for olive-oil kissed zoodles. Don’t worry, it’s still got lots of garlicky shrimp.