Karla Cyr, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karla Cyr has tested.

Three hot cross buns on a wire rack with a bowl of glaze and a spoon.

Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally sold in bakeries on Good Friday, hot cross buns are little currant-filled rolls that are slightly sweet and richly tender and oh so hard to resist. And even better when made at home.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 5
A partially sliced sweet potato and cranberry strudel, topped with butter and pecans on a wooden board with a bowl of spiced creme fraiche.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Strudel

This strudel, filled with sweet potato, raisins, and cranberry, is a great lunch or side. Store-bought Phyllo makes the strudel a cinch to make.

  • (2)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 6
A stack of three whole-wheat pancakes with strawberry sauce, a couple whole strawberries, and confectioners' sugar sprinkled over the top.

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Made with half whole wheat flour and half white flour, these pancakes are light and fluffy and improbably enticing for something that actually has redeeming nutritional qualities.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Wood bowl of panzanella from Ina Garten with bread chunks, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, and parsley

Panzanella from Ina Garten

Stale bread? Itsoaks up a tangy vinaigrette in this interpretation of an Italian classic from the Barefoot Contessa herself. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 6
A glazed lemon pull apart coffee cake on a wooden cutting board with a striped napkin in the background

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

“Absolutely the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time!” That’s what folks are saying about this buttery, citrusy coffee cake.

  • (20)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 88
Glass bowl with spicy tomato blue cheese soup on a tray with a hunk of cheese and a spoon

Spicy Tomato Blue Cheese Soup

This spicy tomato soup gets its heat from Thai Sriracha sauce and depth from blue cheese. San Marzano tomatoes are used, so the soup can be made anytime.

  • (7)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 27
A loaf of cranberry orange pecan bread in the background with a halved slice from it in front

Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

This cranberry orange pecan bread, with its perfect balance of tart and sweet, is so lovely it doesn’t even need a schmear of butter.

  • (12)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 53
Low-Calore Green Goddess Dip

Svelte Green Goddess Dip

This evocatively named dip isn’t the same as the one of yore. It’s got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 7
A loaf of braided challah on a wire rack.

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.

  • (12)
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 30