Passover starts tonight! What does that mean? Two back-to-back nights of late family dinners, retelling the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and a week of extra dietary restrictions. My friend and chef Gaby of NonnaGaby.com put it best: "If you are Jewish (and observing), you must not eat any leavened bread for the week of Passover because when the Israelites were fleeing Egypt after being enslaved for a bazillion years they did not have enough time for their bread to rise -- so they got stuck with a flat, cracker-like thing that we now call matzah."
While I was growing up, I DID NOT like Passover! I remember eating Kosher-for-Passover (KFP) cereal instead of my daily bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and swapping my lunch sandwiches for PB&J between two pieces of matzah. As an adult, I don't eat quite as much leavened food on a daily basis (although I rarely let a weekend go by without an egg and cheese bagel sandwich or challah French toast) so I welcome the thought of going a week without pizza or pasta and eating more fruits, veggies, and proteins. After all, gluten-free and paleo diets are all the rage these days!
However, it is no secret that I have a major sweet tooth! I rarely go a day without some kind of sweet treat - be it a cookie, brownie, slice of banana bread, chocolate cake... you get the picture! Traditionally, KFP desserts are notoriously bad. I'm talking jelly fruit slices and flavorless KFP box-mix cakes. With a week of no cookies or cake ahead of me, I started looking up some KFP sweet treats that would satisfy my sweet tooth and found 3 mouth-watering recipes that I can't wait to try:
1. Coconut Macaroons
I found this recipe from The Kitchn, which is very similar to a recipe my father-in-law makes every year. These coconut macaroons are seriously so delicious - I don't know why I only eat them on Passover. They're crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle - truly irresistible! I love drizzling some melted chocolate on top of them for extra sweetness. So excited to make them with Michael's dad this weekend! Watch the step-by-step VIDEO.
3. Chocolate Matzah Bark
I found so many recipes for matzah bark (aka as matzah toffee or my favorite - matzah crack!) but this one from The Nosher really stood out to me. This toffee-and-chocolate-covered matzah situation fulfills all my sweet tooth cravings: crunchy, salty, chocolate, and most importantly - EASY to make. This version is topped with melted white chocolate and pecans, but you can get creative and try dried fruit, rainbow sprinkles, coconut flakes or even crunched-up potato chips. Watch the step-by-step VIDEO.
Which dessert is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! And to all those celebrating, Happy Passover and Happy Easter weekend!