Greek Lemon Rice Pudding

We found that using short-grain Arborio rice gives Greek pudding a silky-smooth texture. Greek Lemon Rice Pudding SERVES 8 WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS Traditional Greek

Olive Oil–Yogurt Cake

Whole-milk yogurt gives this traditional cake tang and richness, and extra-virgin olive oil offers subtle, fruity notes. Olive Oil–Yogurt Cake SERVES 12 WHY THIS RECIPE

Orange Polenta Cake

Toasted polenta delivers deep corn flavor to this rustic upside-down cake featuring sweet, caramelized oranges. Orange Polenta Cake SERVES 12 WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS A

Almond Cake

We use the food processor to grind the almonds and make the batter for our classic almond cake. Almond Cake SERVES 12 WHY THIS RECIPE

Baklava

Slicing baklava all the way through before baking allows the pastry to soak up more of the flavorful sugar syrup. Baklava MAKES 32 to 40

Fig Phyllo Cookies

We roll confectioners’ sugar–coated phyllo around a jammy fig filling for attractive cookies that hold their shape. Fig Phyllo Cookies MAKES about 24 cookies WHY

Pignoli

These traditional Italian cookies get their richness and flavor from slivered almonds, pine nuts, and sugar. Pignoli MAKES about 18 cookies WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Lemon-Anise Biscotti

For biscotti that are crisp but not too hard, we use whole eggs as the only source of fat in our recipe. Lemon-Anise Biscotti MAKES

Greek Sesame-Honey Bars

Cooking honey to the proper temperature guarantees the best flavor and texture in these Greek sesame treats. Greek Sesame-Honey Bars MAKES 32 bars WHY THIS

Individual Fresh Berry Gratins

For perfect Italian zabaglione , we use dry white wine instead of sweet and fold in whipped cream for structure. Individual Fresh Berry Gratins SERVES