Passover desserts. . . it is kind of an oxymoron. No flour, no butter, milk or cream if you are preparing a Kosher dessert, no nuts if you have a nut allergy . . . oy, what’s left to work with here? (If you want more of an explanation of the food restrictions during Passover, this is a great summary of how we observe the holiday food-wise). Because of the limitations on Passover desserts, you may find that your Passover dessert repertoire may be a little, well, limited/repetitive/tired/if-I-have-to-consume-one-more-thing-with-matzo-I-will-scream. I’m here to say, it is ok to mix it up, and I have some suggestions.
You probably have certain foods and rituals that you associate with particular holidays, as I do. And since everyone’s family does things a little differently, I am sure you have some traditions that are unique to your family. Here’s what sticks out in my mind about our Passover: My Mom always packed me peanut butter and jelly matzo sandwiches for school. Don’t knock it ’til you try it ~ it is good. My Aunt always serves an angel food cake with strawberries at our Seder. Everyone always brings those gross fruit jelly candies to the Seder and I only have one cousin who likes them, so he takes them all home. My Grandfather used to hide the affikomen (see explanation of what this is via above link) under the tablecloth in the same spot, but somehow it would always trick us and we would spend forever looking for it. These are the memories and traditions that I associate with our Passover.
Traditions are nice, I am not knocking them at all. Having familiar recipes year in and year out is very special and important to religion and to family. But ~ it is good to shake things up and try something new. Who knows. . . it could be a huge hit and then it will become the new tradition. With that in mind, here are some new dessert ideas for your Passover seder and also for your general interest if you need a gluten-free or dairy-free dessert.
To start us off, I tried this recipe from Serious Eats for Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies. Serious Eats is one of my absolute favorite blogs for all things food ~ recipes, food policy, restaurants. . . . it has it all. When I read this recipe, I thought, oh no. . . that part when you are supposed to achieve “stiff peaks” in the egg whites . . . that’s just a smidge intimidating. But to my shock and awe, when I started to follow the directions, it wasn’t all that hard. And when I expected the stiff peaks to rapidly deflate upon my folding in the chocolate, I was pleasantly surprised when they held their own.
This recipe takes very little time to put together and the result is a not-too-sweet, chocolately, unique Passover dessert. I have just a few thoughts to bear in mind with this recipe. Be sure to keep a close eye on these ~ depending on your oven, they may take less than an hour and a half to bake up. I would also sprinkle a few pieces of cut up chocolate on top before placing the meringues in the oven ~ it makes for a prettier result.
Here are some other majorly delicious-looking ideas for Passover desserts that I have come across in the past few days:
Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons (dairy-free, nut-free) via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Flourless Chocolate-Almond Torte via Zoe Bakes (dairy-free, contains nuts)
Salted Toffee Matzah via Baked Bree (contains dairy)
Chocolate Caramel Matzo Brittle via the Kitchn (contains dairy)
No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons via Oh She Glows (dairy-free, nut-free)
Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread via Keep It Sweet Desserts (dairy-free ~ amazing, I know)
Seven Passover Desserts via Whole Foods Market by the Editors of Food52 (all can be made dairy-free)
Even if you aren’t celebrating Passover, these recipes are great if you have dietary restrictions or just want to eat a little more cleanly now and again. I hope you this gives you some ideas for starting some new Passover traditions. Happy menu-planning!!