Persimmon Pudding
Eva Powell, a former elementary-school librarian in Mitchell, Indiana, has won the town’s pudding contest five times with her recipe for persimmon pudding with a crispy, cake-like crust. Helen Rosner
This easy and impressive bread, with a boost of nutty flavor from farro, is delicious plain and even better smeared with rich apple butter. Anna Stockwell
Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pineapple
A variation of traditional sweet potato casserole gets its depth of flavor from bourbon and pineapple. Anna Stockwell
Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream
Browned butter accentuates the flavor of earthy walnuts and a sour cream topping offsets the richness of the filling for a balanced, delectable dessert. Andrew Ingalls
Spotted Dick
Thick dreamy custard is spooned over dense currant-laden steamed pudding in this classic English dessert. If a traditional mold isn’t available, use a 2-qt. ramekin. Place a piece of parchment paper slightly larger than the ramekin over its top and tie tightly around edge of dish with kitchen twine. See the Recipe for Spotted Dick » Penny De Los Santos
Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake
Adapted from Robbin Gourley’s Cakewalk (Doubleday, 1994), this time-tested recipe for moist chocolate layer cake has a velvety crumb and rich chocolate icing—the perfect birthday treat for your favorite chocolate-lover. Todd Coleman
Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes
If you find yourself with a surplus of fresh cranberries, these elegant cakes are the perfect solution. They can be cooked in individual miniature pans, or in a single skillet for convenience. Khushbu Shah
Ultimate S'more
When making this deluxe campfire treat, look for square marshmallows; they fit the graham crackers better and give chocolate a wider surface to melt on. Michael Kraus
Strawberry Loaf Bread
As a kid, I wasn’t really into cooking or baking, preferring instead to be outside playing soccer. The one thing that I did enjoy helping my mom make, however, was her strawberry bread: packed with fresh strawberries, I loved to eat it hot out of the oven slathered in butter. It’s so fast and easy, I make it all the time now, with whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have lying around. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread » Yossy Arefi
Rhubarb Tarte Tatin
In the style of a tarte Tatin, rhubarb is caramelized until soft before being topped with batter and baked. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Tarte Tatin » Todd Coleman
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
A deep-dish pie is packed with both sweet and tart apples to balance the rich, salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie » Andrew Ingalls