Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

Three pretzel rolls on a piece of parchment.

Pretzel Rolls

You’re gonna be astounded at just how easy pretzel rolls are to make at home. And yes, they taste like the real authentic German deal.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 8
A pot of raspberry jam with framboise being added to it.

Raspberry Jam With Framboise

No, making homemade jam doesn’t need to be a big production. Not with the right recipe, anyways. This small batch raspberry preserves shows you how simple it can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Two bowls, each with three spinach and ricotta gnudi and several fried sage leaves

Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi

Similar to gnocchi but ethereally airy, these gnudi are like little savory clouds of ricotta loveliness.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
An unsliced loaf of brown soda bread with a knife resting beside it

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it a borrowed Irish birthright.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 67
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.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A tin cup on its side with homemade maple sugar spilling out

How to Make Maple Sugar

Making maple sugar at home isn’t difficult or tricky or fearsome. It’s actually crazy simple. And ridiculously tasty.

  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 28
Ten whole, plus one broken butter cookies on a piece of crumpled parchment paper

French Butter Cookies

Call them whatever you will. Breton butter cookies. French biscuits. Sables. We call them simply impossible to stop noshing.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
Several cranberry pistachio biscotti cookies tied together with raffia

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberries add a chewy, sweet-tartness and pistachios bring a buttery tasting richness to these biscotti, making them a must-make for Christmas.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

Elegant enough for company, simple enough for every day, and versatile enough for breakfast and midnight snack and pretty much every moment in between.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 5
Cranberry Apple Crostata

Cranberry Apple Crostata

Know what we can’t stop thinking about? This crostata. At first whiff of its heady fall spices, you’ll tumble head over heals in love.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 6