Category: Desserts

Desserts, Parve

Parve Molten Lava Chocolate Cakes

molten chocolate cake

Back in the 1990s, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created the original molten hot chocolate cake, with that center that just oozes hot chocolate all over your plate. You have to be doing hardcore penance to pass on dessert when this amazing chocolate treat is on offer. But if you keep kosher, you know the frustration that …

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Purim

Very Good Parve Thumbprint Cookies

thumbprint cookies

Feeling a little bored with my usual cookie recipes, I looked through my scrapbook and found the Epicurious recipe for Siobhan’s Thumbprint Cookies. I tried this recipe to use up leftover apricot filling after making Purim hamantashen. I was looking for something not too difficult to execute after the tedious work of rolling out, filling, …

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 …