Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

Two white bowls filled with strawberry rhubarb compote and two spoons resting between them.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberries, rhubarb, lemon, and sugar are all it takes to fix a batch of the sassiest pink sauce you’ve ever tasted.

A slice of chocolate cream pie, topped with chocolate curls on a white plate with a fork beside it.

Chocolate Cream Pie

First you make an Oreo cookie crust. Then you smother it with a bittersweet and semisweet chocolate custard. The final flourish is whipped cream infused with vanilla. Sigh.

A white plate with a slice of blueberry-lemon layer cake

Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

Pretty much guaranteed to be one of those desserts that makes people do face-plants onto their dessert plates. A David Leite original recipe.

A sliced kugelhopf in a round metal platter

Kugelhopf

Part bread, part cake, kugelhopf is made like brioche except it’s studded with raisins, brushed with butter, and dusted with sugar.

A cast-iron skillet filled with asparagus frittata on a wooden table with a fork on the side.

Asparagus Frittata

When spring is in the air, or if you just wish it was, this beguiling asparagus frittata will make your heart go pitter-patter.

A glazed lemon pull-apart coffee cake on a wooden board with a spoon and jar of glaze beside it.

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

“Absolutely the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time!” That’s what we’re hearing about this buttery, citrusy, playfully easy-to-eat coffee cake. We’re not arguing with that sentiment.

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 turns a frugal veggie-bin catch-all into something truly astounding.

A pile of Viennese crescent cookies on a platter with greenery and Christmas ornaments on the side

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city’s fancier pastries as our fave.