Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

A metal skillet filled with easy skillet lasagna and garnished with basil leaves.

Easy Skillet Lasagna

Those days when meal planning goes south and weeknight weariness looms, simple salvation can be found in this easy skillet lasagna made with store-bought ravioli.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A bowl filled with spicy harissa lentil stew on a white plate with flat leaf parsley garnishing the dish and scattered around the bowl.

Spicy Harissa Lentils

An easy weeknight meal that’s an unassuming melding of red lentils, harissa, sautéed onions, and garlicky tahini sauce that can only be described as magical. (Yes, lentils can be magic.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A panettone studded with dried fruit on a silver platter with a couple of wedges cut from it.

Panettone

Panettone, which makes its traditional Italian Christmas appearance, is gussied up here with any dried fruit you fancy. An ever so slight twist on a classic.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 2
Three boules of pain au levain (French-style sourdough).

Pain au Levain

Sourdough like you’ve never, ever experienced before.

  • Quick Glance
  • 2 H
  • 21 H
  • 0
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.

  • (2)
  • 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)
  • 1 H
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 2
A rimmed parchment-lined baking sheet filled with quick sticky biscuits that are coated in thick syrup and topped with pecans.

Quick Sticky Biscuits

Insanely gooey goodness can be yours in minutes thanks to these shortcut sticky rolls.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4
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.

  • (7)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 38