It is a custom to bake a schlissel challah (key challah) for the first Shabbos after Passover. There are different traditions, with some baking their house key (wrapped in foil) into the challah, and some baking an image of a key into the top of the challah.
Archive for April, 2011
I was given a jar of almond butter that was certified as kosher for Passover, and I wanted to make creative use of it. At first, I was focused on desserts, but then I thought about all the savory uses made of peanut butter and decided to work on a salad dressing.
Asian peanut butter sauce was my original inspiration, but the final results are entirely different and much more subtle. This healthy citrus-ey sauce has a lushness that suggests a much richer cream or mayonnaise base.
For Passover, I made a spinach kugel inspired by a recipe from Ina Garten’s first book. Her recipe for spinach pie has enticed me since I bought her book many years ago. The concept is that it is like spanakopita, but with more filling. Ina’s recipe calls for lining a small pan with a few layers of buttered filo, and then piling on a huge mound of spinach. I was thinking at first of replacing the filo with Passover blintz leaves (bletlach), but got lazy and decided to leave the spinach pie “naked.”
The resulting spinach kugel was delicious, but I think I would like it better spread thinner, in a larger pan. Next time, I would use a 9″x13″ pan instead of an 8″ pan.
You will not believe that this German chocolate cake is gluten-free. I served this to serious German chocolate cake fans, and they were incredulous.
The cake is moist, with an intense chocolate flavor that stands up to the decadent frosting. (more…)
The above picture is from this much earlier post–I have no pictures from the two apple cakes/kugels that I made for Pesach. But, it is the same recipe, an apple cake based on a recipe by Dorie Greenspan that works perfectly as a kugel.
My sister says that she has an apple kugel that is phenomenal. It, too, is really an apple cake recipe that can be served as a kugel. And, as you can see, the recipe is rather similar to my recipe, but with a hazelnut topping. (more…)
This Passover chocolate cake, with mocha frosting, with espresso mini chips and chopped toffee pressed into the sides and top.