Passover Recipe Round-Up

Passover is fast approaching, and here are my favorite recipes from over the years. The Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies, Chocolate Chip Meringues, and the Brazilian Cheese Bread are all non-Passover recipes that are perfect for Passover, and always a huge hit! The rest are Passover-specific.

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
Brazilian Cheese Bread

Chocolate Glazed Tart

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Every year for Thanksgiving, I made apple pie and of course, something with pumpkin. This year, we added a chocolate dessert to the menu and it was pretty amazing. While this tart has a lot of steps, it’s easy to put together and the finished product is a stunner. It’s moist, very rich, and super chocolaty, so you’ll want to make sure to cut slices thin!

I wish I had a better photo, but it was taken in a rush!

Chocolate Glazed Tart

9 (5- by 2 1/4-inch) chocolate graham crackers (not chocolate-covered), finely ground (1 cup)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups heavy cream
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 65% cacao if marked), chopped
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon heavy cream
1 3/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon warm water

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Stir together all ingredients and press evenly onto bottom and 3/4 inch up side of tart pan. Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack 15 to 20 minutes

Bring cream to a boil, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir until smooth. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, and salt in another bowl, then stir into melted chocolate.

Pour filling into cooled crust. Bake until filling is set about 3 inches from edge but center is still wobbly, 20 to 25 minutes. (Center will continue to set as tart cools.) Cool completely in pan on rack, about 1 hour.

Bring cream to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until smooth. Stir in corn syrup, then warm water.

Pour glaze onto tart, then tilt and rotate tart so glaze coats top evenly. Let stand until glaze is set, about 1 hour.

Recipe from Epicurious

Candy Corn Cookies & Brach’s Giveaway

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I love, love, love, candy corn. So when Brach’s reached out asking if I’d like to bake something using candy corn, I immediately said yes! They sent me a HUGE box of a bunch of different flavors, but because I’m a purist, I baked with the Mini Candy Corn. Did you know they also make Fruit Crèmes, Peanut Butter, Caramel Macchiato, and Pumpkin Spice? So many choices!

Candy Corn Cookies

I decided to make cookies using a not terribly sweet sugar cookie base, and they turned out delicious. The candy corn melted and got gooey, and the cookies were amazing, especially while warm. The thing to keep in mind with this recipe is to add the candy corn to the dough balls, making sure the candy is tucked into the dough and not touching the cookie sheet.

Thank you Brach's!

1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini candy corn (or cut regular candy corn in half-ish)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a stand mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until very well combined.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined and the dough comes together.

Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, about 1-inch apart. Tuck candy corn into dough, making sure the candy does not touch the cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are golden and tops are just slightly underdone looking.

Cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Yields 4-5 dozen.

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Disclosure: I received a huge box of candy corn from Brach’s because they are awesome!

How to Clean Glass Bakeware

When I got my first apartment after moving out of the dorm, my parents gave me random kitchen things from their house–pots and pans, glasses, mismatched mugs, mixing bowls, and baking dishes. Over the years, I replaced everything with matching sets, but the Pyrex dishes always stayed, even after receiving sparkling new ones.

As I was rearranging my cabinets (side note: I need a lid organizer), I pulled out my old baking dishes and wondered if there was a way to get rid of the gunk from baking spray that wouldn’t come off, no matter how much I scrubbed. I quickly took to Pinterest given how effective the baking sheet cleaner was, and came across a simple hack: Magic Erasers and a little elbow grease.

Surprise, it totally worked! They really are magic!

How to Clean Glass Bakeware

I get my Magic Erasers at Costco because I use them for everything (did you know they work on tile grout too?), and I found the kitchen eraser worked best. Also, I cut mine in half since I feel like I get more control that way, and the ends get used the most.

What are your favorite uses for Magic Erasers?

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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The minute I saw this recipe pop up on Facebook, I knew I had to make these. Chocolate chunks and sea salt–you can’t go wrong with that! I followed Deb’s instructions, except since I’m super lazy and hate chopping chocolate, I used the Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks. They were the perfect size, and since you’re not using the entire bag, it’s ok if you sneak a few pieces. Also to note: Deb mentioned her dough was really crumbly; mine wasn’t, but if yours is, don’t panic–she swears they will turn out just fine.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

While these cookies are soft and delicious (and I managed to eat more than one while they were still warm), I still prefer the David Lebovitz recipe. But if you’re looking for a quicker recipe that doesn’t require chilling dough overnight, this is it!

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Look at that ratio of chocolate to batter!

1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (25 grams) turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw; you can use more brown or white if you don’t have this, but the subtle crunch it adds is delightful)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon (or, technically, 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) fine sea or table salt
1 3/4 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 pound (225 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into roughly 1/2-inch chunks with a serrated knife (I am lazy and used the Trader Joe’s chunks)
Flaky sea salt, to finish

Heat oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, beating until incorporated, and scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in salt fine sea or table salt and baking soda until combined, then the flour on a low speed until just mixed. With a spatula, fold/stir in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop cookies into 1 1/2 tablespoon (I used the medium OXO scoop) mounds, spacing them apart on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each with a few flakes of sea salt. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until golden on the outside but still very gooey and soft inside. Out of the oven, let rest on baking sheet out of the for 5 minutes before transferring a cooling rack.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

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