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Dessert in the Desert:
Jonathan’s Cork

The rotating desserts at Johnathan’s Cork offer something for every sweet tooth.

September 18, 2017

Dessert in the Desert

Sometimes you want your barbecued duck with a creme brûlée;  your New York strip with a brownie; your ostrich with New Orleans-style bread pudding. All of which are possible at the one and only Jonathan’s Cork.

The Southwestern-inspired restaurant might be known for its hearty entrees, but its desserts are something you don’t want to miss.

You can’t go wrong when ordering the Creme Brûlée.

Each dessert is made from scratch. Owner and Chef Jonathan Landeen says that’s what sets their desserts apart from others.

“We have the ability to do what we want with the desserts since they’re all made in-house,” Landeen says. “We’ve been here for 25 years. Our pastry chef has been here for over 20 years. We have recipes that work really well. I don’t know how many other people in town make their own desserts.”

The dessert menu changes based on season and creativity. Landeen says that, while he likes to explore different dessert options, he also gravitates toward desserts he knows have worked in the past.

He says the desserts are also very customer-oriented. “We want to support our customers on their dessert addictions,” he says.

The Almond Rocha pie includes a toffee mousse, layers of chocolate, diced almonds, and whipped cream.

The restaurant also serves different desserts that rotate often, including the popular almond rocha pie, various cheesecakes, and apple cakes. The chefs are currently experimenting with a red velvet recipe, which will be served in cupcake form with a raspberry cream and puree.

The dessert menu at Jonathan’s Cork currently includes:

  • Decadent Brownie with pistachios and a fudge sauce
  • New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding
  • Famous Mud Pie
  • Creme Brûlée 

For a taste of New Orleans in Tucson, try the bread pudding.

The New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding is possibly the most interesting dessert on the menu. It comes with dried blueberries, caramelized sugar, and various other garnishes. It’s not your average bread pudding, but it’s delicious.

Landeen says his favorite dessert is the apple cake, which is usually offered in the fall season. He also loves their almond rocha candy, which is sold by the pound around the holidays. The candy is so popular that Jonathan’s Cork gets frequent calls from customers wondering when it’ll be available.

When talking about the importance of offering desserts, Landeen says they’re just something you “have to have.”

“Even if you share a dessert and everyone at the table has a bite,” he says, “people want that sweetness.”

Jonathan’s Cork
6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715

Dessert in the Desert is a series highlighting desserts in Tucson. The main courses at restaurants get all the rage, as they should, but what about desserts? They deserve a spotlight, too.




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