Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
A slice of coconut lime macadamia cake on a yellow plate with a fork resting beside it

Coconut Lime Macadamia Cake

Inspired by the tropics, this simple single-layer cake is quick and easy yet lacks nothing in terms of satisfying richness.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 12
Two serving spoons in a large serving bowl filled with spaghetti with olives, broccoli, and feta

Spaghetti with Olives, Broccoli, and Feta

Eating healthy never tasted so satisfying as this jumble of salty, savory, and spicy that’s done in just 30 minutes. Rumor has it cold leftovers are just as magnificent as dinner the night before.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A white ramekin filled with a partially eaten double chocolate souffle and a spoon resting inside

Double Chocolate Soufflés

Individual dark chocolate soufflés that are gluten-free with a little grown-up sass in the form of a whiskey splash in the batter. Recipe courtesy of David Lebovitz.

  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 5
A chocolate cream pie, with a chocolate crumb crust and topped with whipped cream, on a blue background

Chocolate Cream Pie

An Oreo cookie crust is filled with a rich custard made from bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. Vanilla-infused whipped cream is crowned high on top.

  • 30 M
  • 4 H
  • 22