Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

A browned loaf of homemade sandwich bread in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Okay, breadbaking virgins, here’s the loaf for you. Nothing tricky. Just flour, water, yeast, and salt. And an honest-to-goodness homemade taste.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 11 H, 30 M
  • 14
A black plate topped with angel hair pasta with lemon bread crumbs and a fork and a squeezed half lemon rests beside the plate.

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon and Bread Crumbs

Hello, weeknight supper scrounged from the pantry. And with no compromise whatsoever in terms of taste. We’re actually hearing this reminds folks of something they’d order at a cafe in SoHo.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A glazed pumpkin pound cake on a plate--a pumpkin Bundt cake with a milk-sugar poured glaze

Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake

If you’ve been thinking you’re done with pumpkin everything, you’re going to want to hold off on judging until you experience this pumpkin pound cake.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 8
A cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • (7)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 53
A jar of pumpkin spice syrup with a spoon resting on top and two spoons beside the jar.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Oh, the places you’ll go with this sweetly spicy pumpkin syrup. So long, Starbucks. DIY pumpkin spice latte, here we come!

  • (5)
  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 12
Confetti Cookies

Confetti Cookies

Cloudy with a chance of sprinkles. That’s our forecast for anyone who wishes to recreate the sugar cookies of their childhood.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 6
A glass of cold brew coffee with a French press and jar of cream in the background.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

The perfect cold brew coffee relies on exactly the right ratio of coffee grounds to water. And just a little patience. We can help you with the former.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 1 D
  • 17
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.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 10
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • (1)
  • 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.

  • (1)
  • 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.

  • (14)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 76