Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

A muffin tin filled with pumpkin muffins in paper liners.

Pumpkin Muffins

The perfect answer for anyone who may feel a touch sheepish about indulging in pumpkin pie for breakfast.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Part of a loaf of pain de mie on a round wooden cutting board.

Pain de Mie

Characterized by its distinctly rectangular shape and, in true French form, buttery taste, this classic loaf is traditionally made in a Pullman pan although any old loaf pan can work.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 50
A cast-iron skillet plum cake with slices of fanned out plums baked in

Skillet Plum Cake

Skillet cake is moist and tender and sweet (not too sweet, though) and sorta like upside-down cake except it’s right-side up.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
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.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 17
A glass spice jar filled with cinnamon sugar, lying on its side with some cinnamon sugar poured out.

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar

Yes, a recipe for cinnamon sugar. Because ‪‎so often life leaves us wanting to be a kid again. And this proportion of cinnamon to sugar is the bomb.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
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.

  • (17)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 48
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.

  • (28)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 123
A brown paper bag with popped microwave popcorn spilling out of it.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Yes, you can make microwave popcorn on your own with just a brown paper bag. No artificial colors. No fake butter. No nasty preservatives. Bring on your next Netflix binge!

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A round of farmers cheese resting on a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl.

Farmer Cheese

This homemade farmer cheese is rich, creamy, lovely, and crazy easy to make. Sorta like a poor man’s (or shall we say, lazy man’s) homemade ricotta. Here’s how to make it.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
Cast iron pot with braised new potatoes inside

Braised New Potatoes

All the rich creaminess of potatoes sloooooowly roasted with your favorite roast. But in just 30 minutes on the stovetop. The secret? Braise ’em in butter.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0