So my Pesach meal plans often refer to “desserts”. Here are a few that have become staples over the years. If I get un-lazy or un-busy in the next few days, maybe I’ll even post links… most are easily found online!
- Banana chocolate-chip cake
- Lemon freezer mousse
- Chocolate mousse freezer cake
- Olive oil mousse
- Homemade brownies
- Homemade hand-dipped macaroons
- Sponge cakeslice mostly use it to make french toast for chol hamoed
I should point out: I’m very proud of the fact that even with no matzah meal (ie no gebruckts or gebrochts or whatever you want to call it) I almost NEVER resort to store-bought desserts anymore.
Frankly, there are a few reasons: they aren’t all that wonderful, one year they turned moldy, they are usually stale, they cost up to $10 for a single brownie.
But most importantly, home-baked just taste better. My desserts are fresher (except for Hermes, the store ones are baked weeks in advance and shipped from Montreal, New York or Israel), preservative and (mostly) yucky-stuff free (I do occasionally use cottonseed margarine – gasp!), and cost pennies, or, okay, dollars. As compared to dollars and DOLLARS.
The only thing I miss is ribbon cake, and really, I don’t like the taste so much as the intriguing colours (artificial!) and the moist jamminess between the layers.