Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

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
  • 55
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
  • 24
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.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 6
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 try this pumpkin pound cake.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A raspberry crostata--a rustic tart with the crust folded over a filling of raspberries--on a sheet of parchment

Raspberry Crostata

Sometimes a pie craving is just too strong to wait for a plate and fork and fussily crimping a top crust. Enter this easy peasy yet elegant crostata.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 2
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, peanuts, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0