Life is Sweet for Passover Sweets
I was in a panicked rush this week as I ran to the supermarket to get some of the foods I need for Passover. My household celebrates both Jewish and Christian holidays. The Christian holidays tend to be a cakewalk. However, here in Keene we have limited supplies of Passover treats, enjoyed by people of all walks of life. Mind you as of this writing, Passover is still almost 2 weeks away, beginning on April 10th, but with the competition for supplies, I was starting WAY too late.
Except for the candy. Passover snacking can be challenging with making sure there is no leavening or gluten in products. During the week of Passover I keep all the candy dishes in the house filled to ward off dangerous carb cravings and because, hey, it’s not really a holiday if there isn’t candy in the house!
The Passover seder is celebrated the first two nights of Passover. We have a book that guides us through the meal called a haggadah. The one we use is a child friendly version and it has songs and rhymes and makes the meal joyful. In our household we’ve even incorporated dancing! We enjoy the traditional foods of matzo, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, horseradish and hard boiled eggs, potatoes, charoset, roasted chicken and brisket. Then there’s the wine which is incorporated right into the ceremony of it. (Score!) The meal alone takes hours. You’d think after all that food there would not be room for dessert, but there is ALWAYS room for dessert!
Passover desserts can be challenging because of the lack of leavening in anything. Candy is the perfect solution. Not only do I keep the candy jars in the house filled, but dessert is usually a platter of candy. (I’m thinking- you wish you were me right about now!)
So what candies do we have on our platter? There are chocolate covered jelly rings and marshmallow twists, fruit slices, candied fruit, chocolate covered nuts, dark chocolate covered bark ( all different kinds) and of course, a variety of fudge. And all though it’s a lot more Easter, than Passover, I will also have had dipped peeps on our platter, because how much fun is that?! All of which can be found in one stop shopping at Life is Sweet.
I will also make a chocolate (yes, more chocolate!) ganache cake, matzo covered with salted caramel and chocolate drizzle and fresh fruit at the end of this incredibly lengthy and filling meal. Sounds like a lot of work? It is. But Life is Sweet is doing most of the heavy lifting for dessert this year and I am all about anything that lightens my work load at this time of year!
Besides, with all the cooking I do for the two days of the seder, it pays off completely. I usually don’t have to cook for the rest of the entire week; at least not until the Easter cooking that is. But that’s a different article!