Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

A loaf of Burgundian honey spice bread on a sheet of parchment with two slices cut off.

Burgundian Honey Spice Bread

More nuanced than gingerbread and not at all like fruit cake, this French pain d’épices is unforgettably fragrant with spice and nostalgically rich with tradition.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Five baked cinnamon-pecan apples in a glass baking dish.

Baked Apples With Cinnamon and Pecans

Sorta like apple pie without the crust, this simple autumn dessert comes together with absolute ease…and will earn you quite a lot of accolade.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0
A fresh tomato tart in a herbed crust, drizzled with pesto vinaigrette.

Fresh Tomato Tart

Lunch. Brunch. Starter. Midnight nosh. There’s no time of day when this impressive (and easy) tart isn’t irresistible come late summer.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
A slice of banana rum cheesecake with maple rum sauce and pecan pieces on top and a marigold beside the cake.

Banana Rum Cheesecake

Make it regular or make it dairy-free and vegan. Either way, it’s going to be satisfying as can be.

  • 1 H
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 2
A purple plum torte with dripping juice on a baking pan, all on a cooling wrap

Plum Torte

One taste and you’ll understand why this is the most popular recipe from The New York Times. A new American classic.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 38
A pear and raspberry pandowdy in a green bowl with a pastry top, wooden spoon inside

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy

A cousin to crumble and crisp and cobbler, a pandowdy is simply another spectacular fork-to-pie-hole delivery system for fruit, sugar, and spice buried beneath buttery biscuits.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
A spiced peach shortcake on a white plate with spiced peaches layered between two biscuit halves and topped with whipped cream.

Spiced Peach Shortcakes

Ethereally airy biscuits. Sweetly spiced stone fruits. This riff on classic shortcake swaps strawberries for the unexpected to really quite surprising and clamor-for-more effect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
Three bowls of minestrone soup and a small bowl of pesto.

Minestrone Soup

An updated Italian classic made with all the usual suspects along with an unexpected drizzle of pesto that transforms a frugal veggie-bin catch-all into something truly astounding.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0