If you had asked me twenty-five years ago to name my favorite Passover dessert, I probably would have groaned and answered: “Ugh! None of them!”
Yes, Pesadik desserts of my youth left something to be desired. Dry angel food cake? Glow-in-the-dark fruit slices? No.thank.you.
Fortunately I’ve matured. And so have Passover desserts!
Here are my ten favorites today — and not a dry, glow-in-the-dark one in the bunch:
Can you go wrong with a chocolate molten cake? This one definitely doesn’t taste like it’s Kosher for Passover. Levana has totally outdone herself!
This mock chestnut torte recipe from Epicurious is so (SO) good. A guest at a seder of ours seven years ago made it for us. It’s a bit patchkied, I admit. But it is so delicious. Outshines any flourless chocolate cake I’ve had!
#3. Matzah Crack
I use the recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which KOAB readers first introduced me to two years ago (thank you Daniella!). I omit the almonds, since I really don’t like nuts in my desserts (it’s one of my quirks ;-)) This recipe is universally loved by all my guests.
I made a great recipe last year (pictured), but unfortunately Google failed me and I couldn’t find the recipe – I did, however, come across this one from my friend Overtime Cook. As you can see, I added chocolate chips. (Sensing a theme?)
With all the rich chocolate desserts I serve at Passover, this sweet-yet-tart sorbet is a refreshing alternative. (Although don’t be fooled into thinking that this is “healthy” – there’s plenty of sugar in this for your kids to like it, too!
#6. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I’ve been making chocolate covered strawberries for Pesach seder dessert for as long as I can remember. It’s so simple, but so delicious. I make a few pounds of these and we nosh on them throughout the chag. I’m sure there are proper recipes for this, but here’s what I do:
Melt a bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler – I put a glass bowl over a small saucepan of water, since I don’t have a double boiler for Pesach. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Dip strawberries half way up (holding on to the stem/leaves), then twist to remove excess chocolate. Lay on the waxed paper and chill until chocolate is hardened. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
#7. Meringue Cookies
Last year, I tried making meringues for the first time. They are pretty simple, but also a bit finicky. They cracked easily and I found that they didn’t last very long – even in air-tight Tupperware. Fortunately, this wasn’t really an issue, since my children (selflessly) ate them all the first day. And then begged me to make more. I used Martha Stewart’s chocolate chip meringue recipe but there are thousands of recipes out there.
I’ve told you about my love for lemon desserts, right? Well, this frozen lemon meringue pie is one of my absolute favorites – it’s a version of one by the illustrious Norene Gilletz – and I found it years ago on the Jewish Food List.
I made Couldn’t Be Parve’s Raspberry Chocolate Truffles last year and O.M.G. These are so rich. So indulgent. So blow-your-mind good. The only drawback is that I couldn’t roll mine perfectly. A lot of them ended up like lopsided ovals – as above. Trust me, your mouth won’t mind. And for the record, my kids didn’t like them at all. Which was entirely fine with me.
#10. Fruit Salad
Okay – I had to add this in. One of the things I love about Pesach is that I can serve up a huge bowl of fruit salad and everyone “oooh’s” in appreciation. (And yeah, so fine – I do usually serve a flourless chocolate cookie or piece of matzah crack on the side).
What are your favorite Passover desserts? Please share links or recipes in the comments section below. I’d love to give almond cookies a try this year, so if anyone has a stellar recipe, definitely share!