Most desserts that are kosher for Passover don’t seem that appealing.
How good could they be without flour and baking soda and baking powder? To me, it’s the same as eating a pizza without the tomato sauce— you’re more aware of what’s missing than what you have.
However, one of my favorite Passover desserts is Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread. Maybe that’s because I’m also a lover of biscotti, the well-known Italian dessert, to which Mandel Bread is similar in looks, crispiness, and taste.
Mandel Bread in Yiddish literally means twice- baked almond bread. It’s made by forming dough into a loaf, baking it, slicing the loaf into oblong cookies and baking again. Apparently these crunchy cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among Jews and merchants as a staple dessert that kept well.
Mom’s recipe is extremely easy to follow and only allows for 30 minutes baking time. While many people like to add nuts or raisins to the mix, I play it safe and use [Read more…]