Passover Cake Roundup
So every year I try different recipes for my dessert cakes and i'm guessing we are all seeing a lot of the same recipes on the web, so I thought I would report on how some of these recipes turned out. Please post if you have any good/bad passover cake experience. Its just a couple of nights a year and we don't have that much time to experiment so I thought i would share.
This year their were a couple of good ones.
I made Nigella Lawson's Damp Apple Cake, which was very rich, almost a marzipan, but everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Next time I would make it only about an inch thick as it is so rich. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/mighty...
I also tried this Mock Chestnut Torte which was less successfull, the texture was good but the flavor was not great at all, definitely not chocolatey enough. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
I then tried this flourless chocolate cake which was really wonderfull, very light and cakey and chocolately. I did not make the sauce but it was awesome without it. Definitely a keeper.
was the Nigella recipe extremely sweet with all that sugar? i'm sure the texture was wonderful - with all those eggs it's practically a custard or pudding cake. mmm...
if you ever decide to make the chestnut torte again you could boost the chocolate flavor by adding a little cocoa powder and maybe folding in some chocolate chips.
It wasn't too sweet at all. I used confectioners sugar and ground almonds. The texture was like a very stiff pudding. It was very good but not too sweet at all. It has a strong almond flavor, really very much like marzipan. I don't think I will be making the chestnut torte again :) lol. I will definitely be going with the flourless chocolate cake recipe for my chocolate fix next year.
I made Arthur Schwartz' Apple Cake this year for the first time (http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES...)
and cannot believe how easy or good it was. It's one of the few Pesach cakes I can ever remember that did not require the eggs to be separated. I ate the last piece yesterday, and it was still moist and tasty. The recipe is all over the internet; the link should bring you right to one of the places you'll find it. And don't leave out the raisins, even though it says they're optional; they really add to it.
Over the years, though, I have made some really great cakes: Baklava Cake, Banana Cake, Raisin Streusel Cake, Pecan Bars, Lemon Bars, and a Raspberry Dacquoise are among my favorites. If anyone wants any of the recipes, let me know; I'm not sure if I have links to where they might appear on the web, but I certainly have the recipes. Other than cakes, I make a ton of meringues (including variations like Toasted Coconut-Chocolate Chip), and a wide variety of sorbets and a couple of mousses.
I made the olive oil mousse from the NYTimes for this first time this year. It says it serves six to eight, but I found that even apportioned into nine serving cups, it was very rich, and I might want to turn it into ten-twelve servings. I'd like to up the chocolate quotient as well, perhaps by folding in a bit of cocoa. Overall, I was happy with it, and would make it again. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/28/din...
I've written up the Italian almond cookies that my mother and I make every year; they're good enough that we make them during the year as well, which to my mind is the highest praise one can give Pesach baked goods. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3777...
I've made this flourless chocolate cake many times, and it always sells well, on Pesach or not: http://myglutenfreecookbook.blogspot.... It's a classic, dense version. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of salt if you have them around.
I want to adapt this Lemon Custard Cake recipe for Pesach, as it only has three tablespoons of flour; I'd think at that volume, matza meal should be OK. I didn't get there this year, but hopefully next! http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Marg...
With the recent widespread availability of prepackaged peeled chestnuts with a Pesach hechsher, I'd think that one could make an actual chestnut torte rather than a mock one. A project for another year, I suppose.