Fran Brennan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Fran Brennan has tested.

A layered white cake with white frosting and covered with large strips of coconut, sitting on a white cake stand.

Coconut Cake

Flaunting an always-stunning, goes-with-anything white, this coconut cake glams up dinner parties, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, and Tuesday nights.

An oval platter topped with spaghetti with raw tomatoes and a couple of spoons on the side.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention its most splendid. Five minutes of effort yield a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

A partially sliced loaf of challah on a wooden cutting board.

Challah

As buttery and airy as brioche but with a far weightier responsibility than its breakfast chum, challah ensures a sweet new year in Jewish tradition. We’ll break bread to that.

Two martini glasses filled with spruce needle vodka with a spruce sprig floating in each glass.

Spruce Needle Vodka

Last-minute gift, anyone? Repurpose your Christmas tree by infusing vodka with a sprig or three. A celebratory and cinch of a project that extends the Christmas spirit–and spirits.

Almond and coconut granola scattered on a baking sheet with a spoon resting in the center.

Almond and Coconut Granola

An inspired take on a classic, this simple, sassy granola recipe is yours to follow to the letter or tweak to your (or your most picky family member’s) content.

Chicken pieces in a sauce of vinegar, garlic, rosemary in a white plate, knife and fork on the side

Vinegar-Glossed Chicken

When vinegar meets skillet, a sweetly sour pan sauce is created that lends the perfect touch to this quick weeknight chicken.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

There’s a lot to like here. The caramelized sweetness of sweet potatoes and onions. The salty and tangy creaminess of feta. And the knowing that you’re doing something decent for yourself without it tasting like penance.

A muffin tin half filled with uncooked carrot muffins.

Carrot Muffins

These little lovelies contain sugar and spice and everything nice–including an oh-so-buttery oat streusel and a batter so enticing you’d never, ever guess it’s good for you.