Lydia Brimage, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lydia Brimage has tested.

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 round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A whole peeled pear in an opened piece of parchment with star anise and cardamom in a blue baking dish.

Pear Parcels with Star Anise

Infused with spice, suffused with booze, and wrapped oh so neatly, this last course makes quite the lovely gift for guests to unwrap.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A bowl of easy gazpacho with ice cubes floating in it on a silver plate with a spoon and a few crostini.

Easy Gazpacho

Perhaps the easiest gazpacho recipe ever, this Spanish classic will have you swearing off takeout all summer long.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
A slab of dulce de leche brownies with 5 brownies cut off

Dulce de Leche Brownies

Because fudge brownies just aren’t indulgent enough, we added an outrageously lovely swirl of caramel sauce. You’re welcome.

  • 10 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 6
A pitcher of Pimm's cup, with a half-filled glass and a vase of flowers on either side of it.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

A sprightly summer cocktail, this vibrant variant on a Pimm’s Cup is a wham bam grand slam of booze, orange, lemon, cucumber, mint, and lemon-lime soda.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 17
Two chicken gyros filled with chicken, red onion, romaine, tomato, and tzatziki with a bowl of tzatziki beside them.

Chicken Gyros

A Mediterranean classic that’s healthy as can be although you’d never guess it from the indulgent taste.

  • 40 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
Nine slices of raspberry peach coffee cake with a bowl of raspberries nearby and some more raspberries scattered around the cake.

Raspberry Peach Coffee Cake

Oh baby. We wait all year for stone fruits to be in season so we can make this. Ideal for breakfast, desert, and everything in between.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 55 M
  • 2
A white bowl filled with sichuan chili oil, with chiles and pepper flakes surrounding it

Sichuan Chile Oil

A tongue-tingling chile oil with a haunting and earthy and floral taste thanks to the dance of dried chiles, Sichuan peppers, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
A cream cheese pound cake with a lemon glaze

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Everything you would imagine in a pound cake. Buttery. Indulgent. Moist. Rich. And with a perfectly balanced and ever so slightly puckery lemon glaze.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 10
Two best gougeres on a cocktail napkin with a lipstick print on it and a glass of Champagne

Best Gougères

Essentially fancy-sounding blobs of pastry with grated cheese, these chichi French lovelies impress everyone yet barely take any effort.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 2