Folks, I love being a guest at a Seder table. I just love it! It’s such an honor and a privilege! The traditions, the togetherness, the history…the food! The food can be absolutely stunning. And I love when I am given the chance to bring a dessert. Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like a) cooking for a group and b) having a list of creative constraints. In this case the constraints are cooking without flour and traditional leavening agents.
People tend to rely pretty heavily on these two ingredients for delicious-dessert making, but there are so many scrumptious options out there for those preparing food for Passover, and in this post I offer you nine of my favorites.
Now just a note on these recipes, several of them use butter or cream, which is fine in terms of Passover constraints but may not be kosher if it’s served with a meal that includes meat. In general, you can use kosher pareve margarine instead of butter and almond milk instead of cow milk.
Chocolate cherry merengue stack cake:
This is one of those wonderful recipes that looks so much more complicated than it is. It’s basically just sheets of merengue topped with ganache and cherries… easy peasy, right? Well, just looking at it kind of makes me blush. (Spotted on Top With Cinnamon.)
Ganache-filled pecan cookies:
Yum! Apparently this would work with peanut butter, too, if you don’t consider legumes off-limits for Passover, but pecan butter is best because it spreads nice and thin and gets that delightful crispy texture that pares so well with the ganache. (Spotted on Couldn’t Be Parve.)
Almond pear blueberry cake:
This egg-heavy passover-friendly, delicious-looking dessert has an Asian influence! Namely a bit of ginger and all-spice. I am sold! (Spotted on Hungry Rabbit.)
Pistachio cherry matzo toffee:
I’ll admit that I kind of love matzo just on it’s own. It’s flaky, crispy, and somehow still dough-y, but let’s up the ante here. Why not make a matzo bark? The sky’s the limit on how to embellish these sheets of delicious goodness, but I am so into this recipe from Babble: pistachios, cherries, chocolate and toffee? I mean, it’s like everything delectable and indulgent in one serving! (Spotted on Babble.)
Flourless chocolate lavender cupcakes:
Let’s think outside the box, here… the flower box, that is! Not only are these little cupcakes delicious, passover-friendly, and unique… they’re just gorgeous! (Spotted on Wall Flower Girl.)
Fallen chocolate cake:
More like ‘fallin-in-love chocolate cake! How scrumptious does this look? It’s actually a riff on celebrated cookbook author Richard Sax’s famous chocolate cloud cake recipe, and I am so ready to give it a shot. (Spotted on Bon Appetit.)
Passover baklava cake:
If you have time to soak your dessert over-night, then this succulent bad boy might be for you. It’s a rich, nutty confection soaked in honey-citrus syrup, giving it that delicious middle-Eastern flair. Yes, please! (Spotted on My Recipes.)
What a classic. No embellishment needed here, this is just simple hazelnut chocolate ganache rolled up in a perfect little parcel of deliciousness. (Spotted on Smitten Kitchen)
Passover apple cake:
This is a wonderfully versatile recipe from Arthur Schwartz. You can basically substitute any of your favorite cake spices and turn this into your signature apple cake. (Spotted on Martha Stewart.)
You can’t go wrong with this classic. I love that so many cultures celebrate some sort of version of a pancake. No matter where you’re from or what your history is, chances are, you love a bit of fried dough. (Spotted on A Beautiful Bite.)