The Jewish festival of Passover begins on April 19. When it comes to treats and desserts for Passover, the trick is making sure that they’re kosher and include no flour or leavening. You’d think this would be limiting, but it opens up a whole world of flourless cakes, cookies and other treats for those who celebrate Passover (and those who don’t).


If you want to add to your traditional Passover desserts, I’ve got five recipes to consider.

Matzo Brittle Recipe – Matzo, an unleavened bread, is covered in chocolate, sugar and almonds to make a treat that commenters say is “fool proof” to make. One commenter did say that it’s difficult to find kosher vanilla extract, but a scraped vanilla bean could be substituted.

Mixed Berry Pavlova – Potato starch replaces cornstarch (which is not Passover-approved) in this fluffy meringue cake that's covered with raspberry sauce and whipped cream and a mixed berry topping.

Profiteroles with Whipped Coconut Cream and Caramelized Bananas – This fancy dessert takes a bit of time to make, but it can be made in stages several days before and put together right before serving.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote with Matzo Streusel Topping – This recipe is seasonal because it’s perfect for Passover; it’s also seasonal because rhubarb and strawberries are some of spring's first fresh foods — and they complement each other so well.

Chocolate Truffle Pie with Orange-Champagne Sabayon and Strawberries – It doesn’t need to be Passover to give this rich, decadent chocolate dessert a try. The entire dessert can be made a day ahead of time and the pie can be brought to room temperature before serving. 

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