Sarah Gustafson, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Gustafson has tested.

Individual servings of vanilla buttermilk cake with white frosting on pink plates.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Trust us when we tell you this cake is about as unfussy as it gets. An hour from start to finish, no tricky ingredients and a taste reminiscent of an old-school boxed cake mix.

Pieces of fruit crostata with crumb topping, each filled with different fruit, lined up next to each other on a marble surface.

Fruit Crostata with Crumb Topping

Streusel and a jammy filling of fresh fruits are a quick and lush summer dessert. Make it ahead for your next barbecue or for a Sunday brunch and use up whatever fruit you have on hand.

A person holding a skillet with jazmaz, or Syrian shakshuka - eggs cooked in a tomato and chile sauce.

Jazmaz ~ Syrian Shakshuka

You may know eggs and tomatoes as shakshuka, although this cousin includes the smooth heat from chiles as well as briny black olives. This approach from Anas Atassi is in our rotation.

A bowl filled with sweet tea brined fried chicken with a bottle of Cholula hot sauce in the background and a plate of more fried chicken.

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken

Crisp fried chicken and cool sweet tea. A combination of the South’s two fave things in which a 24-hour marinade subtly suffuses the chicken with the summeriness of tea and lemon.

Three chewy chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other with another leaning on the stack on a piece of parchment.

Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Craving chewy chocolate brownies? America’s Test Kitchen has a splendid version that’s got some seriously amped-up flavor.

Rows of sugar-coated old-fashioned doughnuts on a rimmed baking sheet.

Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

A dusting of sugar makes everything better. And while these old-fashioned doughnuts are perfect already—trust us—a sprinkle of sugar makes them magical.

Eight blueberry scones on a piece of parchment with a dish of glaze and spoon lying nearby.

Blueberry Scones

Enjoy a posh nosh with blueberry scones slathered in butter and sweet glaze. Perfect with a cuppa, any time of day.