Passover: Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

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. There's nothing appealing about this display- neither the sign, nor the flavorless treats in the boxes 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 … [Read more...]

Hot Milk Sponge Cake w/ Broiled Coconut Topping

Who doesn't love a good sponge cake? It's light and bouncy and goes well with any topping - fruits, sauces, sugars.  Before today, I only associated sponge cakes with the holiday of Passover-because yeast is not used as the leavening agent, sponge cakes are one of the only cakes "allowed" to be baked and eaten. Yesterday morning I literally stumbled upon a sponge cake recipe of Mom's: Hot Milk Sponge Cake (not to be confused with her generational Passover Sponge Cake that requires the addition of matzoh meal and the deletion of milk).  I … [Read more...]