Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake

Published September 1, 2015.

The cake and frosting we weren’t worried about. But a caramel filling that was complex in flavor and spreadable, yet thick enough not to ooze out? That was another matter.

Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake

Cherry Clafouti

Published July 1, 2015.

This baked French custard studded with fresh fruit would be a simple and satisfying dessert—if we could nail its finicky texture and prevent the cherries from turning soggy.

Cherry Clafouti

New York Bagels

Published May 1, 2015.

It doesn’t get any better than the crackly-crisp shell, tender chew, and subtle malty flavor of a New York bagel. So what do you do if you don’t live in New York?

New York Bagels

New York Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

Published May 1, 2015.

It doesn’t get any better than the crackly-crisp shell, tender chew, and subtle malty flavor of a New York bagel. So what do you do if you don’t live in New York?

New York Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Published May 1, 2015.

Because strawberries and rhubarb both contain loads of moisture, avoiding a mushy, soupy pie requires a clear strategy.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Raspberry Charlotte

Published March 1, 2015.

Cake surrounding creamy fruit mousse promises the best of old-world elegance. But it doesn’t matter how gorgeous it looks if the filling is rubbery and the cake is tough.

Raspberry Charlotte

Savory Corn Muffins with Rosemary and Black Pepper

Published January 1, 2015.

We wanted a muffin full of cornmeal flavor. Could it also be moist and light-textured?

Savory Corn Muffins with Rosemary and Black Pepper

Savory Corn Muffins with Cheddar and Scallions

Published January 1, 2015.

We wanted a muffin full of cornmeal flavor. Could it also be moist and light-textured?

Savory Corn Muffins with Cheddar and Scallions

Foolproof New York Cheesecake

Published January 1, 2015.

Our recipe produced lush texture and a beautiful brown top—but not for everyone. To solve this mystery, we had to delve into the secrets of ovens.

Foolproof New York Cheesecake

Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie

Published November 15, 2014.

We came up with fresh, new flavors for our pie, but we still couldn’t avoid dealing with the age-old problems of a soupy fruit filling and a soggy bottom crust.

Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie

Cranberry-Pecan Tart

Published November 15, 2014.

What’s not to love about the combination of crunchy pecans, chewy cranberries, and a rich filling? As it turns out, lots.

Cranberry-Pecan Tart

French Apple Tart

Published November 1, 2014.

Classic form and good looks are compulsory for a holiday centerpiece, but they don’t matter if the dessert falls apart when you serve it. We wanted integrity with the beauty.

French Apple Tart

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Published November 1, 2014.

These eye-catching cookies are as much about looks as they are about flavor. The problem is, most are neither chocolaty nor crinkly.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cherry Icebox Ribbons

Published October 15, 2014.

Adding dried sour cherries to the jam ensures that the filling won’t seep out of these stylish striped cookies during baking.

Cherry Icebox Ribbons

Vanilla Icebox Cookies

Published October 15, 2014.

These crowd-pleasing vanilla cookies are perfect for holiday parties because they’re easy to make and can be prepared in advance.

Vanilla Icebox Cookies

Peanut Butter Truffles

Published October 15, 2014.

We wanted to create a more elegant version of Ohio’s favorite candy, the buckeye.

Peanut Butter Truffles

Cranberry Swirl Shortbread

Published October 15, 2014.

Homemade cranberry puree (both swirled on top and sandwiched in the middle) adds a welcome tartness to this buttery shortbread.

Cranberry Swirl Shortbread

Moravian Spice Cookies

Published October 15, 2014.

With roots deep in Eastern Europe, these thin, crisp, spiced cookies have made a name for themselves in the United States.

Moravian Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Published October 15, 2014.

For these bars, we wanted to get the flavor of a gingersnap crust (which can bake up unappealingly hard) using graham crackers.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Roasted Pears with Dried Apricots and Pistachios

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Pears with Dried Apricots and Pistachios

Roasted Pears with Golden Raisins and Hazelnuts

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Pears with Golden Raisins and Hazelnuts

Roasted Apples with Dried Figs and Walnuts

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Apples with Dried Figs and Walnuts

Roasted Plums with Dried Cherries and Almonds

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Plums with Dried Cherries and Almonds

Almond Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Almond Latin Flan

Coffee Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Coffee Latin Flan
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