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Sep 10, 2007 10:38 AM

Easy, chocolate, non dairy dessert?

I'm looking for an idea for a Rosh Hashana dessert. My mother in law is bringing honey cake and ginger bread, but I still need another dessert (20 people coming for dinner) and my husband prefers it be chocolate. I'm not much of a baker (and I'm making a ton of entrees and sides for 20 people), so it needs to be easy. We keep kosher, so it needs to be non-dairy, too. Possible? Thanks for your ideas!

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  1. I have made a non-dairy chocolate-orange sorbet that was wonderful.

    1. Have you thought about chocolate-dipped fruit? It's very easy, and can be made ahead (which is a godsend when entertaining).

      1. this is completely vegan, deliciously moist and a snap to make:

        dump cake:

        3 cups flour
        1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
        1 tsp salt
        2 cups sugar
        2 tsp baking soda
        2 tbs cider or white vinegar
        2 tsp vanilla extract
        2/3 cup vegetable oil
        2 cups lukewarm water

        -preheat oven to 350

        -put all dry ingredients a medium mixing bowl

        -pour the liquid ingredients over the dry, adding the water last

        -stir the mixture gently till everything is incorporated

        -pour everything onto a sheet pan, or 2 8-inch cake pans and bake about 30-35 minutes

        -cool it in the pan on a wire rack

        you can sprinkle cocoa or confectioner's sugar over the top to make it prettier. if i make the two rounds i usually put a layer of raspberry jam in between.

        1. Chocolate Fudge Honey Cake

          1/2 cup flour
          1/2 teaspoon baking powder
          1/4 teaspoon salt
          6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
          1/3 cup butter or margarine
          2 eggs
          6 tablespoons honey
          1 tablespoon vanilla
          1 cup chopped pecans

          Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Melt chocolate and butter in a pan placed over a pot of hot, not boiling, water. Remove from heat as soon as chocolate melts. Cool. Beat in eggs, one at a time, into chocolate mixture. Add honey and flavoring. Beat well. Stir in sifted ingredients and nuts. Pour batter into buttered 8-by-8-inch pan. Bake for about 30 minutes.

          No Bake Cookies

          1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate
          10 large marshmallows
          1 cup quick oats
          1/2 cup cashew butter
          1 capful of canola oil
          Sugar to taste

          Put all contents in pan on burner except for the oats. Stir constantly. Once all ingredients are melted and blended together, turn off the burner and stir in the oats. Shape the dough into cookie shapes. Chill in fridge.

          or try any of these...

          2 Replies
          1. re: Emme

            I've made a really delicious chocolate tofu mousse which is quite easy. If anybody's interested, I'll post the recipe. There are probably recipes for this on line, too.

            Addition of orange zest makes this mousse.

            1. re: oakjoan

              I'd love your recipe for the tofu mousse, if you have time to post it. Sounds a nutricious dessert, that will help add protein to the meal.
              Yes, I love orange with chocolate. My mom's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies call for orange zest as well as orange juice, and we always add orange zest to the eggs, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg for(challah) french toast.
              Thanks in advance, p.j.

          2. Alton Brown has a terrific recipe for a chocolate pie made with tofu -- it's insanely easy to make, tastes chocolately and silky and lovely and you'd never guess that tofu is the secret. Google his name and "Moo-Less Chocolate Pie" and you'll find it. I believe the recipe is on the Food Network Web site.

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            1. re: mcgeary

              Thanks for the suggestion. I just printed out the recipe, which sounds so easy, and has dozens of five ****** reviews.
              A new chocolate parve dessert: one can never have too many!