Karla Cyr, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karla Cyr has tested.

Two slices of no-knead pumpkin-sunflower seed bread on a white plate with the remaining loaf next to it on a separate plate.

No-Knead Pumpkin-Sunflower Seed Bread

A sturdy, healthy whole-wheat loaf brimming with nutty goodness, this bread takes its crunch from pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds. Fantastic as toast and for sandwiches.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 1
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.

  • (20)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 88
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 is an enticing balance of tart and sweet in a fetching cake-like delivery system. Quite tempting at all times, though especially come November.

  • (15)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 63
A white bowl of falafel with tahini sauce and pita in the background.

Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Accustomed to getting falafel takeout from your fave Middle Eastern food truck or restaurant? No more. You can make the best falafel you’ve ever experienced at home.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
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
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