I’m a firm believer in Passover desserts that don’t taste like matzah. (Unless it’s “matzah crack” – then tasting like matzah, slathered in caramel and chocolate, is totally fine.)
I’m also a huge fan of lemon in my Pesach desserts. (I love the tangy bite of a lemon merengue, for example.)
Which is why it was kinda love at first sight for me when I discovered this amazing recipe for Frozen Lemon Wafer Cake in the brand new Passover cookbook, Passover Made Easy.
Written by the talented duo of Leah Schapira, founder & owner of CookKosher.com, and Victoria Dwek, managing editor of Whisk Magazine, Passover Made Easy takes a modern approach to Pesach recipes – including this mouth-watering lemon cake.
Lemon Wafer Cake for Passover
Passover Made Easy, p. 104
- 12 egg whites
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp potato starch
- 3 cups ground almonds
Lemon Curd Cream
- 2 whole eggs
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp margarine or frozen oil
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 jellyroll pans with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Slowly add in sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Add potato starch and ground nuts. Divide batter between pans and use a spatula to spread evenly. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes.
3. Prepare the lemon curd cream: Combine eggs, yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a double boiler. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens, about 10-12 minutes. Mixture may curdle slightly. Blend mixture using an immersion blender (if using a standard blender, blend and return mixture to the pot). Whisk in margarine.
4. Using a spatula, spread half the cream over one cake. Carefully place second cake over the cream. Spread the remaining cream over the second cake. Freeze until firm. Slice into squares or bars and serve frozen.
Optional: Garnish with whipped cream
Their breezy writing style is a total joy. The handwritten font is endearing. And the fact that the soft-covered cookbook opens landscape-style? That’s just yet another indication that Passover Made Easy is most definitely not your same old Passover milieu.
You can order Passover Made Easy on Amazon right now for only $10.87 – and it ships for free with Amazon Prime or via Super Saver.
Update: The giveaway is now closed.
Even more exciting, I’m giving away TWO copies of the cookbook to two lucky KOAB readers. Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
#1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Passover dessert (for eg. I love chocolate covered strawberries).
#2. Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall – you can do so by clicking the “Like” button above. Then come back and leave a separate comment letting me know that you have done so. #3. Subscribe to the Kosher on a Budget Passover Newsletter (for all the latest in Passover recipes, budget tips, deals & coupons). Then come back and leave a comment letting me know that you have done so (or that you already were subscribed). All entry forms will be verified. Comments are typically moderated within less than 24 hours. Duplicate entries will be deleted. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents over the age of 18. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The winners will be selected and notified the following day and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: The publisher of Passover Made Easy provided me with a cookbook to facilitate my review, and will also provide the winners with their cookbooks. All glowing opinions of this cookbook, its authors and this lemon cake are my own.