Passover\'s Coming

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 10:13am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

It's that time of year again. I've been making a nut-free charoset for years, but am getting a little bored with it. I came across this today - if the link doesn't work let me know and I'll post the recipe myself.



Posted on: Sun, 03/21/2004 - 11:50pm
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Amy...thanks for the link--looks good and real easy! I don't think DH would go for it for the Seders but I'll try it during the week.
Speaking of Passover, does anyone have a good TNT recipe for a cake/torte? It must be easy enough for a 5 1/2 year-old (DS) to make with a rather inept-baker of a Daddy. My birthday falls during Passover and they always make Mommy a birthday cake/treat.
And...anyone want to share what's on their Seder menu? (I haven't made up my mind yet so am looking for ideas.) Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 03/22/2004 - 12:06am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

As for your birthday cake, I think they'd better stick with one of the Passover brownie mixes, LOL. Passover baking can be pretty tricky, even for accomplished bakers. Maybe they could handle this one:
I did get a macaroon recipe from the same website, and when I asked for an almond subsitute, she told me to make matzoh butter crunch without the chocolate, grind it up and use the equivalent amount:
I think it's worth a try - I really miss a good macaroon.
I was actually thinking of making a cheesecake, using a sweetened matzoh meal crust. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet. I guess by melting butter, adding sugar and pressing it into a pie plate? Or maybe just do a crustless one.
I'll post my menu when I figure it out - I guess it depends on how many people end up coming.
[This message has been edited by Going Nuts (edited March 22, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 12:07am
sheri277's picture
Joined: 03/17/2004 - 09:00

I have a few passover recipes that i know are nut free and great tasting. I just have to find that cookbook and i will get back to you.

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 12:47am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

God... Whenever Passover rolls around (no pun intended), I'm almost forced to eat the rolls my mom makes... She IS a good cook, but the rolls.. They just sit in my stomach for months, like bowling balls.
Ah.. the memories... bring an egg and a roll into school for lunch... and the matzah with cream cheese/jelly...
Forgive the thread.. please continue on! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 2:26am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00's my own recipe for cheesecake that I use to make--use to because now DH has to keep to a low saturated fat diet. Maybe I'll try revamping it for him. Anyway, I created this recipe ah so many Passovers ago. It was always a hit and so pretty if served on a tall cake stand. If you try it, let me know what you think. (I'm still going to write a cookbook someday!) Thanks!
Chocolate Matzo Crust
1 cup matzoh meal
10 oz margarine, melted
2 Tbs cocoa
2 Tbs sugar
Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Firmly press into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate.
Marbled Cheesecake
2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
3 Tbs milk
3/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbs vanilla
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, fresh
1/2 cup chocolate chip, melted
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cocoa
Place all ingredients except chocolate chips and topping in a blender and whirl for 1 minute. Pour into pie shell, leaving 1/2-3/4 cup in blender. Add melted chocolate chips to blender and whirl 30 seconds. Scrape down sides and whirl again for 30 seconds. Drop chocolate mixture by tablespoonfuls in a circle into pie shell. Using a cake tester or knife, start in the center to swirl chocolate in an increasingly wider circle. Bake @ 375

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 4:22am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

Tahnks, Donni. I think I'll try it this year - looks delicious. I've gotta pull up the Matzah Roca recipe again - (was it yours Amy?) - we've been making it for the last few years. It's soooo much better tasting than the (unsafe) store bought. By the way, I emailed Manischewitz to see if they have any products to add to their nut-free list (on their website), and they said that the fruit gel slices are safe. So is their ketchup. The rep. said to call or email with any other product questions. I stick to their company for any packaged stuff - has anybody had any luck with contacting any of the other companies?

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 7:39am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

That looks fabulous - I'm definitely going to try it this year. I'm blowing you kisses of thanks [img][/img] .
Yonit, if you can't find the Matzoh Roca recipe, let me know. I'll repost it. What the heck, I just saw it recently - I'll post it now:

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 10:13am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

I hope to try the chocolate matzoh recipe this year.
While we're sharing...anyone interested in a TNT Passover Brownie recipe? My DS loves it even more than regular brownies from Grandmom! When he was in play group, they all--even the moms!--thought the brownies were great!
Try them and let me know, ok?
Brownies for Passover
1/2 cup stick margarine
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup matzo cake meal
1/2 cup cocoa
1/3 cup potato starch
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream margarine; add sugar; add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract. Mix dry ingredients together and add; stir well. Stir in water. Bake in 9 x 13 pan, @ 350

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 10:55am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Cool Donni!
All this food talk is actually making me look forward to Passover, my least favorite holiday (from the culinary point of view!).

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/2004 - 8:51pm
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

And I absolutely love Passover! The food challenges it presents awakes me from a deep cooking sleep!
My challenge this year (on top of the no peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seed, chickpeas, saturated fat) is to feed my picky 5 year old. I sure hope he likes matzoh this year--has every year until last year! Even refused it with tons of jelly on top!


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