Category: Desserts

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Passover

4-Ingredient Passover Chocolate Torte

4-ingredient passover chocolate torte

This chocolate torte has been our Passover Seder dessert several years running. I like to make an icing for it, as it is not too sweet, but very dense and fudgy and satisfying. But a sprinkle of powder sugar, some berries or a mint sprig make a simple but beautiful garnish without the patchke. 4-Ingredient …

Desserts, Easy

Recipe: Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Icing

slice of chocolate layer cake with chocolate icing

Everyone needs a standard chocolate cake recipe. I am always thankful I have an easy one for when I have to make a cake on short notice. That’s what happened this week when a friend’s dear husband passed away. The family was already filled up for meals when I went to sign up, so I …

Desserts, Shabbos

Recipe: Heimishe Chocolate Applesauce Cake for Winter Afternoons

chocolate bundt cake

Now that winter is really here, our thoughts turn to comfort food to warm both hearts and bellies. This chocolate applesauce cake fits the bill, with or without the luscious chocolate icing. A great cake to snack on during a short winter Shabbat afternoon, or any time at all! Make it parve or milchig, depending …

Desserts, Parve

Lemon Squares for a taste of summer in your mouth

lemon squares and lemon on black background with bowl of powdered sugar

Our Meyer lemon tree produced a bumper crop this year. There was no worrying about having too many of the bright-smelling precious yellow globes. There are never enough lemons in our home and they keep refrigerated for a good long time, besides. Some of them we turned into preserved or pickled lemons, but we naturally …

Desserts, Easy, Parve

Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies

woman cuts double chocolate brownies into squares

Everyone needs a no-fail, moist and fudgy brownie recipe and these fit the bill. Use butter for dairy, margarine for a neutral, pareve, and most decadently chocolate dessert. Double-Chocolate Walnut Brownies Makes 2 dozen. Can be doubled. Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup butter or margarine 1 cup cocoa (not Dutch Process 2 cups sugar 3 eggs …

Desserts, Tips

Tip: Icing Cakes Smooth Upside Down

Justin Chappel Ices Cake smooth Upside Down

A brilliant video tutorial from Food and Wine has me itching to make a birthday cake. They ice the cake upside down. “How on earth do they do that?” you may have wondered. Or at least, I did. So intrigued was I that I watched the clip from start to finish. Yes, you absolutely CAN …

Desserts, Easy, Parve

Recipe: Nutty Buddy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Now that Sukkot is over, we can eat chocolate desserts without them melting all over us in the sukkah in the heat of the midday sun. And having just cooked for a crowd seemingly without end for months, we want something easy. These dense and fudgy Nutty Buddy Bars are the perfect solution. They’re so …

Desserts, LCHF, Parve

Flourless Chocolate Torte with Coconut Ganache (Dairy or Parve)

A bunch of us are following a low-carb high fat diet. But not all of us. Which makes it difficult to find dishes that satisfy one and all. A recent birthday party called for some sort of cake and this was the inspired result: a flourless chocolate torte made with 85% chocolate, topped with a …

Desserts, Sukkot

Something to Freeze: Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

At holiday time, it’s good to have a full freezer. A nice alternative to honey cake is banana cake. It’s easy to prepare several loaves at one time. They keep well at room temperature, wrapped well, and even longer if you freeze them. They have the same gooey top as honey cake, but are more …

Desserts, Parve, Passover, Shabbos

Recipe: Chocolate Mint Mousse Pie

Chocolate Mint Mousse Pie

In summer, our thoughts turn to lighter, cooler desserts. These just hit the spot so nicely after a great Shabbos meal. My family loved this chocolate mint mousse pie I whipped up Friday morning. The downside? It took up precious space in my fridge. That problem was quickly eliminated as my family devoured the pie …