How to Make Passover-Friendly Desserts

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There are plenty of tasty treats you can make without flour or yeast; you just have to be creative!

Step 1: Know what’s not kosher
Know which ingredients are not allowed during Passover: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and oats, meaning that most kinds of flour can’t be used. Leavening agents like yeast and baking powder are also a no-no.

Step 2: Learn substitutions
Learn how to make substitutions for forbidden ingredients, like a combination of matzo meal and potato starch in place of flour. Find substitution lists in kosher cookbooks and on kosher websites.

Avoid the common mistake of using too much matzo meal in dessert recipes; it makes them too heavy.

Step 3: Go nuts
Make desserts that rely on finely ground nuts to take the place of flour, or to serve as crust base for cheesecake.

Combine 1/3 cup of granulated sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon potato starch and blend them together in a food processor or coffee grinder to make kosher for Passover powdered sugar.

Step 4: Count on chocolate
Count on dark chocolate to save the day! Bake a delicious flourless chocolate cake, or make brownies using matzo meal or cake meal.

Turn plain matzo into delectable crunch bars with the addition of dark chocolate and caramel.

Step 5: Use egg whites
Make goodies that attain height and airiness from beaten egg whites rather than leavening agents, like a sponge cake, meringues, or macaroons.

Step 6: Focus on fruit
Focus on fruit-based desserts, like sorbets, honey-drizzled fruit with walnuts, or fruit compote.

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