Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

A no-knead Italian bread loaf, topped with sesame seeds on a black floured surface with a bowl of oil, brush, bowl of sesame seeds, and an eggshell lying beside it.

No-Knead Italian Bread

No-knead Italian bread that’s rustic, crusty, and easy as heck. The hardest part is the waiting, so plan accordingly. But believe us when we tell you that it’s absolutely worth it.

A brown and white pottery bowl filled with bucatini all'Amatriciana, topped with pecorino and parsley.

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

All’Amatriciana—go on, roll that “r” like they do in Italy—means a spicy pasta sauce of tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Prego.

A glass bottle filled with homemade lemonade syrup, a bowl of lemons, and two glasses on a wooden table.

Homemade Lemonade

Pucker up, cuz you’re going to want to sip the bejeebers out of this ridiculously easy, sweetly tart lemonade. Wowza.

A stone bowl of mint pesto with a knife on top on a metal sheet pan

Mint Pesto

A novel take on the classic. Mint leaves, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

8 birthday cake cookies covered in white frosting and colored sprinkles

Birthday Cake Cookies

All the good stuff from a birthday cake–sprinkles and a creamy buttery frosting–incorporated into soft, tender sugar cookies. That’s something to celebrate.

A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic that’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and flourless through and through.

A breakfast pizza topped with egg, bacon, and cheese.

Breakfast Pizza

Baked pizza crust with all the makings of a proper breakfast on top. Seems like a pretty darn good reason to get out of bed to us.

A white baking dish with pieces of butter baked fish seasoned with salt and pepper.

Butter Baked Fish

A weeknight winner with three ingredients—cod, butter, and seasoning—that’s ready in no time at all. Pretty nifty, huh?

Tray of classic dinner rolls glazed with butter, bowl of melted butter with a brush

Classic Dinner Rolls

Practically instant gratification with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rise and its straightforward mixing method. And oooooh the taste!

A square of Passover apple cake on a green plate.

Passover Apple Cake

This Passover classic is so memorable you may just find yourself making it all year round. Talk about a godsend.