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lovessushi Mar 23, 2013 06:10 PM

We've been invited, and my job is to make dessert. My goal is to make something very delicious, and very inexpensive.

I am looking at the Chocolate "crack"ers from Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/04/chocolate-caramel-crackers/

and chocolate chip merengues from Food52
http://food52.com/blog/3691-chewy-cho...

to give you a sense of what I'm considering....

Part of the problem is that we own cookie sheets and loaf pans, no cake pans/bundt pans though I guess I could buy a disposable foil one.

Any thoughts/recommendations/suggestions? Has anyone tried the above two recipes?

As a side note, I have unsweetened chocolate and cocoa in the house and was hoping to maybe incorporate one or the other and not have to buy lots of ingredients.

Done rambling now :

)

Thanks :)

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    lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 04:37 PM

    So decided to go with Deborah's lemon kisses and the Medrich macaroons!

    A question though - her recipe http://food52.com/recipes/16667-alice... calls for either shards of unsweetned coconut or shredded sweetened coconut.

    I wasn't paying attention at the grocery, and bought shredded unsweetened. Someone in the comments on the above link said that changed the recipe dramatically and she had to add more liquid.

    Could this be true? Does anyone think it will affect the recipe like that? If I have to I'll go out and get sweetened instead, just hoping not to! :

    )

    Thanks!

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      magiesmom Mar 24, 2013 05:33 PM

      Medrich is very precise. If she gives a choice either will do. Just make sure to use the amount for the kind you have and it should be fine.

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        lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 05:39 PM

        Thanks magiesmom! Hopefully the shards vs. shreds won't be a problem!

        :)

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      Deborah R. Mar 24, 2013 03:23 PM

      Read to end of thread and saw that you're tasked with making two desserts; so highly recommend that the Lemon Kisses be the second. Very inexpensive and very easy.

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        lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 04:34 PM

        Deborah this looks so good!! What a wonderful idea! I will definitely make this as the second one!

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        Deborah R. Mar 24, 2013 03:20 PM

        sushi, this probably isn't what you have in mind -- no chocolate and might not work so well as the lone dessert. But it's a delightful ending to a Passover meal, one appreciated by people who don't typically enjoy the typical holiday desserts, so I thought I'd share.

        LEMON KISSES

        2 egg whites
        pinch salt
        2/3 cup sugar, sifted
        1 teaspon finely grated lemon zest
        1/4 teaspon vanilla

        Prehat oven to 250. Cover 2 baking sheets with foil.

        Beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form. Add sugar slowly, beating well, until stiff but not dry. Fold in zest and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonsful onto baking sheet and bake until dry but not brown, 40-45 minutes.Cool a couple minutes before removing from sheet.

        1. PesachBenSchlomo Mar 24, 2013 12:12 PM

          A ziessen Pesach to all you Chowhounds. It doesn't seem very Spring-like to me yet, but it must be coming.

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            lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 12:20 PM

            Happy Passover :)

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            mdenov Mar 24, 2013 11:35 AM

            You can make macaroons with a chocolate drizzle on top. They're really easy to make and extremely inexpensive. http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-coc...

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              lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 12:05 PM

              Thanks!

            2. jpr54_1 Mar 24, 2013 11:31 AM

              I usually serve fresh fruit or homemade applesauce.
              I bought a delicious pineapple, peaches, apricots, bananas,
              seckle pears and blood oranges.

              HAPPY PASSOVER!

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                lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 12:05 PM

                I hadn't even thought of fruit!! :)

                Happy Passover to you too!!!

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                GilaB Mar 23, 2013 07:34 PM

                I make Italian almond cookies every year from a recipe very much like this one: http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/riccia... I would skip the confectioner's sugar, as it's hard to find for Passover.

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                  magiesmom Mar 23, 2013 07:30 PM

                  Chocolate crack is the best most addictive sweet there is. It is easy to make and absolutely everyone will love it.
                  You should find out whether your hosts eat butter on Passover . If not use margarine or coconut oil.

                  Buy the right chocolate.

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                    rockycat Mar 23, 2013 08:28 PM

                    The question is not whether or not one eats butter on Passover - KFP butter is easily available in many places. The question is, does the host observe kashrut or is willing to serve dairy with a meat meal. It is actually much harder to find KFP margarine than KFP butter as most margarines contain soy or corn oil.

                    Be that as it may, the caramel crunch does taste amazing but many have said that they don't like it quite so much when made without butter.

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                      magiesmom Mar 23, 2013 08:41 PM

                      yes, I know that, and I should have been clearer. I meant for OP to find out whether butter would be acceptable at seder, which would most likely be a meat meal.

                      We don't, for instance generally observe jashrut but don't mix meat and milk at Seder,

                      Matza crack, however, is really good with coconut oil.
                      I have come to prefer it, actually, certainly to margarine (yuck) and even to butter.

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                    critter101 Mar 23, 2013 06:40 PM

                    This is similar to Smitten Kitchen's recipe:
                    http://www.melindalee.com/recipes/lis...
                    I've tried it, and it's good. You can sprinkle top with thinly sliced almonds or sea salt.

                    Another suggestion is macaroons - easy and all you need is a cookie sheet.

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                      lovessushi Mar 23, 2013 11:26 PM

                      Thanks everyone!! Ok yes now that you've all mentioned, I completely forgot...they don't observe kashrut but they are not going to mix meat and dairy at the sedar...I don't cook with margarine, so I'm thinking the matzoh is out. But it does sound delicious!

                      I like the idea of macaroons though...easy+cookie sheet=possibly perfect :)

                      Could anyone recommend a recipe they like? I am looking and there are tons!
                      From a brief search, came up with
                      http://www.marthastewart.com/314385/chocolate-chunk-macaroons
                      and
                      http://food52.com/recipes/16667-alice-medrich-s-new-classic-coconut-macaroons
                      and
                      http://food52.com/recipes/11449-cocon...

                      Thoughts?

                      Thank you!!

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                        magiesmom Mar 24, 2013 06:27 AM

                        I like the medrich ones.

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                          valerie Mar 24, 2013 06:34 AM

                          I have been making the Martha Stewart macaroons for years. It's a moot point now but you can make them ahead of time and freeze them. They are delicious and always a hit.

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                            lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 11:25 AM

                            Thanks magiesmom and valerie! Those are the two I am going between as well :)

                            I appreciate all the help! :)

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                              critter101 Mar 24, 2013 12:35 PM

                              I'm throwing Ina into the mix...
                              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

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                                lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 12:44 PM

                                Thanks! Hmm...have you tried them? I know her recipes are usually great! Did you find them too sweet? Sweetened condensed milk and I have an odd relationship lol

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                                  critter101 Mar 24, 2013 02:33 PM

                                  Sorry, I haven't tried them. But, as you said, her recipes are generally winners. Take a look at this site - the baker uses Ina's recipe and reviewers gave it 4 1/2 stars. If you read the reviews, there are some baking hints that are very worthwhile: http://www.food.com/recipe/inas-cocon....

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                                    critter101 Mar 24, 2013 02:37 PM

                                    Ooops, try this link. The one above does not seem to work:

                                    http://www.food.com/recipe/inas-cocon...

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                                      lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 03:04 PM

                                      Thanks critter!! I will take a look...

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                                valerie Mar 24, 2013 02:21 PM

                                I also have an easy and great recipe for Passover Brownies. If you are interested, I can post it.

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                                  lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 03:05 PM

                                  Could you? that woud be great-we've been asked to bring 2 desserts now!!

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                                    valerie Mar 24, 2013 04:50 PM

                                    Sure...you can use a disposable baking pan from the supermarket.

                                    Fudgy Passover Brownies

                                    2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
                                    1/2 cup butter or margarine
                                    2 eggs
                                    1 cup granulated sugar
                                    1 tsp. vanilla
                                    1/2 cup matzoh cake meal
                                    2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
                                    2 tbsp. potato starch
                                    1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

                                    Preheat the oven to 350o F (180o C). Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.

                                    In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, combine the chocolate chips and butter. Place in the microwave and microwave on high power for one minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth. (Depending on your microwave oven, you make need a few seconds more or less). Set aside to cool slightly.

                                    In a mixing bowl, stir together the cake meal, cocoa powder and potato starch.

                                    Combine the eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy – about 3 to 5 minutes.

                                    Beat in the chocolate mixture until smooth, then add the cake meal mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Batter will be thick.

                                    Stir in the chopped nuts if you’re using them, and spread in the prepared baking dish.

                                    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or just until the entire surface has puffed slightly. Brownies will still be moist in the center – this is a good thing.

                                    Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into squares.

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                                      lovessushi Mar 24, 2013 05:13 PM

                                      These look incredibly delicious!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I won't be making it for tomorrow, but we've been invited to someone else's house later in the week, and I would love to bring these then!

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