On Our Plates: Passover Desserts

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photo 2 (10)This picture has nothing to do with Passover, except that these are spring flowers and Passover is in the spring. Bit of a stretch, I know, but pretty!

Passover is a traditionally Jewish holiday that celebrates God saving the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Part of the story is that the Israelites left Egypt in such a hurry that they didn’t have time for their bread to rise. Therefore, during this week-long celebration, members of the Jewish faith often abstain from eating leavened bread. Obviously, the whole story is a bit more complicated, but that’s the blog-intro-summary version. At the start of Passover, friends and family gather for a Seder meal. This meal includes a retelling of the story, special blessings, songs, and eating specific foods that symbolize important parts of the narrative.

Amy and I are not Jewish, but have many Jewish friends and family members and have been fortunate enough to enjoy Seder meals with them and love the history and tradition. There are a number of traditional foods that can be included in the meal, but dessert can prove to be a challenge since traditional flour and many grains are not allowed. My stepmother is Jewish, and she almost always makes a flourless chocolate cake that is delicious. This year, she was thinking of trying something new, so I’ve gathered a few more Passover dessert options for her.

These recipes look so tasty, you don’t need to wait for Passover! (starts April 14 this year)

Lighter than Air Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen: This is still full of yummy chocolate, but has a nice light texture.

Passover Lemon Cheesecake from Epicurious: If you aren’t a fan of chocolate, how about a lemony cheesecake?

Strawberry and Hazelnut Meringue Cake from Saveur: The name says it all. Yum!

Ganache-Filled Almond Macaroons: Amy’s previous cookie post is perfect for a Passover treat, I think. I apologize if this includes something forbidden!