Passover is right around the corner. As a Rabbi’s daughter, I have eaten A LOT of Passover food. Some it was good, very good in fact (ie whatever my mother makes). Some of it was not so great. Passover cooking is tough. No leavening is allowed. Think matzo meal instead of flour and no leavening agents. No grain to speak of really. Some folks even steer clear of corn on the holiday.
So, making a brisket and some lovely vegetables is no problem when it comes to cooking dinner for the traditional Passover Sedar. But dessert can be a tough. No traditional cakes, cookies, or cupcakes are allowed. So what’s a girl to do? The web is full of recipes. But between making the matzo ball soup and chopping the apples for the charoset, exploring new recipes is not at the top of my “things I have time to do” list.
Enter Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café in Houston, Texas. Sarah Brook opened the heavenly destination for all things sweet in 1995. It’s her third dessert business, having opened her first when she was only 21. The Dessert Gallery has been a smashing success and a variety of publications have even recognized it as offering the Best Desserts in Houston.
And the good news for those celebrating Passover…Brook’s propensity for perfection in the world of sweets extends to a plethora of Passover offerings. She has created an extensive list of Kosher for Passover offerings and I was honored she asked me to try a few. And let me tell you, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Her Chocolate Decadence Bars are an intensely chocolatey and delicious flourless brownie covered in ganache. It’s hard to imagine this are Passover friendly. Then there are her Choc-Dipped Coconut Macaroons. Yum. Old-fashioned coconut macaroons with cranberries all nestled in. Then the bottoms are carefully dipped in dark chocolate. It’s a trio made in heaven.
But the most ridiculously sensational goodie are her Peanut Butter Truffles. Her peanut butter filling dipped in chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate on top. “Think ‘grown-up Reese’s®!’ Brook says. Think “keep them all for yourself,” I say.
Brook has graciously offered to send goodies to our Passover Sedar on Friday so I can check out her latest Passover creations. I’ll be sure to let you know how they are. Or, if you’re in Houston, you can order some yourself for pick-up or delivery. And… yes, she delivers nationwide. Just be sure to get your order in early.
Passover problem solved. Now if someone could just create a Kosher for Passover Challah…