I find Pesach baking a bit of a challenge, since I am not a fan of Passover margarine. At all.
Then last year, I discovered a game-changer: There are certain types of coconut oil that are kosher for Passover without a special KLP hechsher.
I emailed the OU earlier the week and got the official word on coconut oil for Pesach 2013 from the Webbe Rebbe:
The Spectrum Organic Virgin Crude (Unrefined) Coconut Oil, is kosher for Passover when bearing the plain OU symbol.
Note: This information is valid for Passover 2013 only.
As some of you may already know, you can substitute coconut oil for margarine in recipes.
It worked so well at Pesach last year that I now do it in nearly all my recipes year-round. (Although I do still love cooking with Earth Balance margarine.)
Coconut oil will turn to liquid when it’s very warm in your kitchen, but otherwise it’s a solid. It easily goes back and forth, so a bit of heat will melt it — or a few minutes in the fridge will turn it right back into a solid.
I do a 1:1 conversion in all baked goods, including Pesach brownies and matzah crack.
Now, I am not a big fan of coconut, and while baking with coconut oil does give a slightly coconut-y flavor, it’s quite mild and didn’t bother me at all. And I definitely prefer it to KLP margarine!
I bought my Spectrum Coconut Oil at Whole Foods last year, but you can also get it at Amazon right now for $12.98, shipped.
Have you baked with coconut oil?
(Beyond what I’ve shared from the OU, if you have any questions about whether coconut oil is Kosher for Passover, please talk to your local rabbi.)