April 12, 2008

Baking for Passover

This has been a busy week, and next week promises to be busier. If I had the luxury of time, I would make three of my mother's Passover recipes for you. Since I don't have time, I am going to give you the recipes. The recipes conform to Ashkenazic dietary laws for Pesach. They're tried and tested, delicious Passover foods. From a Nice Jewish Girl.

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup cake meal
2 tablespoons matzo meal
1 small package chocolate chips

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time. Add cake meal and matzo meal. Fold in one package chocolate chips. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Blueberry Pesach Muffins

1/2 cup shortening
1 scant cup sugar
1/2 cup cake meal
3 eggs
1/4 cup potato starch
1 cup blueberries
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat shortening. Add sugar. Beat well. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients mixed together (cake meal, potato starch and salt). Lightly grease muffin tins (regular size tins). Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Pesach Fruit Pudding

8 medium eggs (add 1 at a time)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (vegetable)
1/2 cup matzo meal
can of crushed pineapple & fruit (medium sized can)
3 sliced apples
1x 12 ounce box cut up prunes
1/2 lb. dried apricots

Beat eggs, sugar, add oil, matzo meal, canned fruits with juice and last 3 fruits. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until top is light brown.

My mother has been famous in each community where we lived growing up for her baking skills, and she did not disappoint at Passover. My personal favorite is the fruit pudding- it's one of those unexpected culinary surprises.

Enjoy your seders and Happy Passover to everyone. If you try any of these, my mother and I would love to hear how they turn out. She'll probably make them- but I will have to live vicariously through you...and the eggs.


Suzanne said...

Thanks for the recipe. I don't eat cooked fruit, but I think I might make the fruit pudding to take along to the Sedar we are attending.

Funny how at Passover we end up eating MORE baked goods than any other time of year. Over compensation for not being able to eat the "real" stuff I suppose.

Happy Pesach!

Arties32 said...

Hi Suzanne- you're right! My mom used to make rolls, cookies, muffins, cakes- much more than we would have during the regular year. That's funny- isn't it?? Happy Pesach to you and your family!

barbmiller said...

As Colleen just told you on the phone, I loved the Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies! I also like all of the pictures that you take and post on your website. Being Jewish, I especially like the Jewish recipes and am looking forward to the next holiday to see what's cookin'
happy passover