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Samantha Seneviratne

  • Recipe

    Apricot Almond Cardamom Sweet Rolls

    A layer of apricot preserves in the filling of these rolls adds a sweet-tart note, while almonds lend crunch.

  • Recipe

    Salted Caramel Banana Sweet Rolls

    In these decadent sweet rolls, mashed banana is spread over the dough with the pecan-cinnamon-brown sugar filling. A dulce de leche glaze takes the tropical inspiration over the top.

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    Cinnamon Rolls with Currants and Pecans

    Tiny dried currants and a sprinkle of crunchy pecans give these classic cinnamon rolls a little upgrade.

  • Recipe

    Sour Cherry Cheesecake Bars

    Sour cherries are gorgeous. Their bright red skin practically sparkles. But just like the rubies they resemble, they can be hard to come by. Look for them at your local…

  • Recipe

    Marmalade Cakes

    These buttery, tangy corn cakes are pretty enough for a party but not so sweet that you couldn’t enjoy one for breakfast. While a traditional marmalade rarely includes vanilla beans,…

  • Recipe

    True Love Cake

    This sticky semolina cake is the first cake I ever made in my grandmother’s kitchen in Sri Lanka. The fragrant, cashew-studded treat is served throughout that country at teatime or…

  • Article

    A Pinch of Salt: The Not-So-Secret Ingredient in To-Die-For Desserts

    A little salt enhances decadent butterscotch, chocolate, and caramel desserts.

  • Recipe

    Salted Caramel Apple-Pear Tart

    As delicious as it is pretty, this lattice-topped tart combines fall fruit with warm cardamom in a tender hazelnut crust. Salted caramel ties the flavors together, and large-crystal sanding sugar…

  • Recipe

    Browned-Butter Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

    Toasty browned butter and salted dark chocolate icing transform a simple banana-nut cake into an unforgettable dessert. A few pinches of flaky sea salt on top are a clue to…

  • Recipe

    Salted Butterscotch Crème Brûlée

    Salt lends depth to this rich butterscotch custard and keeps it from entering too-sweet territory. For best results, use ramekins that are about 3/4 inch deep. Once baked, the custards…