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Mar 24, 1998 06:34 PM

Sumptuous Seder Treat???

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This nice Catholic girl is going to her first Seder in a few weeks and would like some suggestions about something really delicious to bring to the hostess... Please let me know...Also where to purchase it..

Are there any fantastic bakeries with Seder treats? The family is not very religious so I don't have to worry about anything Kosher...


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  1. My experience with bought passover pastries has never
    been that good. As long as they are not very
    religious, why don't you consider making something?
    One possibility, very out of the ordinary, is a good
    and unusual haroseth . Haroseth is a paste said to
    resemble the clay or mortar from the bricks in Egypt.
    It goes on the seder plate, and is eaten with matzah at
    the seder, and also all week long. Every Jewish
    sub-group has its variety, but the variations are esp.
    interesting among non-Ashkenazic Jews. My favorite is
    from the community in Venice. Joan Nathan has an
    excellent and easy recipe in her Jewish Holiday
    Kitchen. The base is pureed chestnuts (I use canned),
    to which you add dried fruits, poppy seeds, pine nuts,
    orange rind, brandy, you get the picture. You may like
    it so much that you will decide to keep it for
    yourself, and buy them something!

    Another possibility is homemade macaroons. Either of
    these would also highlight your Italian heritage.

    If you want to buy something, you could get Shmure
    Matzah, which should be available in many passover
    stores. This is the opposite of sumptuous (though not
    in price). It is large round crisp matzah, baked from
    specially supervised wheat to eliminate the possibility
    of leavening at any time from when the wheat is in the
    field. It is very elemental, and looks spectacular on
    the seder table.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Alan Divack
      Lisa Antinore

      Thanks a bunch Alan!!!

      Of course I always prefer to cook something, however I haven't had much experience with traditional Jewish food and I especially am not familiar with Seder specialities.

      I thought there might be the equivalent of a Kosher City Bakery somewhere that I didn't know about....

      Guess not, the Haroseth sounds sublime though....


      1. re: Lisa Antinore

        There is at least one if not more Kosher bakeries
        on Main Street in Flushing. I'm not sure of the exact
        street but I know they are on Main between Jewel Avenue
        and Union Turnpike (closer to Jewel). It is an
        Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and there are all kinds
        of kosher food purveyers there (fish, produce, baked
        goods, etc.) Surely, you'll find some delicious
        goodies to take to the Seder. Enjoy!

        Christina Z.

        1. re: Lisa Antinore


          If you are thinking of cooking something, you could do worse than to buy or check out Susan Friedland's "The Passover Table," a short cookbook with terrific recipes (I've seen it on display at several B&N stores). In the spirit of full disclosure, Susan is a friend.


        2. re: Alan Divack

          Last year just before Passover, the NY Times published
          an articles on Seder cooking from Sephardic
          communities. It included two haroseth recipes, both of
          which I made.

          One was essentially a fig jam flavored with cardamom
          and red wine. Very wonderful and it keeps forever (at
          least in my fridge).

          The other was a date jam which I thought was too sweet,
          but which my wife liked. I don't recall the details:
          Lots of pitted dates, some orange (I think) and some
          spices (clove?), boiled to mush.

          If you are attending a seder at a house that keeps
          kosher, boil water in all the pots you're going to be
          using and drop in all your utensils, etc. This will
          kosher them (according to my mother-in-law).

        3. Hey Lisa, Remember me from Faith Popcorn's place? Hope all's well. Go to Gertel's bakery on Hester Street and be the envy of every other jew in the house. I'm sure they'll have a range of goodies. You could also try Moishe's on Second Avenue and 7th Street. Shalom, and whatever you do...don't bring a challah!

          5 Replies
          1. re: amy tarshis

            "....whatever you do...don't bring a challah!"

            Which reminds me --- My wife's cousin and her family
            immigrated from Russia about 5 years ago, jut before
            Passover. We were all teary-eyed about their being
            with us for the feast of freedom. When my
            mother-in-law asked her to come to seder, she said "How
            wonderful. I'll bake a challah!"

            I then realized something about what it meant to grow
            up Jewish in the Soviet Union.

            1. re: amy tarshis
              Lisa Antinore

              Heya Amy,

              Definitley remember you. Had spotted a couple of posts awhile back from a "lucioustarshis" but wasn't sure...

              Since our Faith Popcorn days I've spotted snippets of your writing in "Seen" and heard from someone at BrainReserve that you were doing some work for Beard House.

              A couple of weeks ago I was at a "Careers in Food" conference at NYU and met two of your colleagues- Yvette Fromer and Mitchell Davis... Both were super nice and Yvette said some nice stuff about you.

              Hope all is well. Thanks for the Seder tip...

              ZenFoodist :)

              1. re: Lisa Antinore

                Good to hear from you. Hope you've read my "Risk Your Life For Food" posting (below)-- it's caused quite a stir ...mmm,there's nothing quite like controversy! Also, if you want a nother great seder suggestion, bring some chocolate covered matzos (you can get them at any major supermarket). Shalom sistah!

                1. re: Lisa Antinore

                  Hi Lisa,

                  There is a place in Boro Park, Brooklyn, the
                  Orthodox Jewish center of the city, called Schick's.
                  It has a second bakery only open during the Passover
                  season. There goods are divine. They have a sort of
                  rugelach called Krakowski, named after a city in
                  Poland, that is a cashew, apricot, caramel-y kind of
                  thing that is so good I would eat it all year. Bring
                  some and you will always be invited back to Seder. It
                  is a fun scene, too, with all the old-timers and "new"
                  yuppie Hasidim.

                  By the way, I thought your reply to Russel Drecgue
                  was quite restrained and nice, under the circumstances.

                  Lisa Rosenberg

                2. re: amy tarshis
                  Lisa Antinore

                  Amy, I don't have your E-mail but I wanted to let you know that Mary Kay called me before to let me know that Faith Popcorn will be on Sally Jessy Raphael tommorrow at 3:00 for the entire hour discussing her book "Clicking" ... It'll definitley be fun at the very least so check it out....