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Flourless Desserts for Passover

flourless desserts for Passover

Hosting the Seder meal this year? These cakes, cookies, and fruit desserts make it easy to forego flour but still end your meal on a sweet note. Keep in mind, some of these desserts do contain dairy, so may not be appropriate for all meals.


Chocolate Walnut Tweed Torte

Loads of ground bittersweet chocolate and walnuts held together with meringue produce a moist, deceptively light cake with a speckled appearance and intense chocolate flavor.

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Almond Cake

Claudia Roden calls her almond cake, “splendid,” but we think that’s an understatement. Grated lemon and orange zest and plenty of ground almonds give it a sunny, Mediterranean flavor. You can skip the dusting of powdered sugar, or seek out a kosher-for-Passover sugar.

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Hazelnut-Almond Dacquoise

Light meringue is layered with creamy espresso buttercream and a chocolate ganache in this very French, very delicious cake. 

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Chocolate-Marcona Almond Torte

Marcona almonds give this flourless chocolate cake deep flavor and a wonderfully moist texture, while a splash of dark rum enhances the chocolate notes; for a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum.

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Orange & Hazelnut Cake

This Middle Eastern cake is light, fluffy, and soaked in a zesty orange flower syrup. It's a fitting end to a menu of Sephardic dishes.

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Flourless Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

This dense, luscious cake has a texture a little like fudge and a little like cheesecake. A small slice goes a long way.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote with Vanilla & Cardamom

Fresh fruit, juice, and a few pantry staples make for an alluring and versatile springtime compote.

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Chocolate Soufflé Cookies

Chocolatey and moist with a light, crisp exterior, this flourless cookie is an excellent showcase for high-quality chocolate.

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Fresh Oranges with Caramel & Ginger

Serve this pretty dessert soon after assembling it and you'll get bits of crunchy caramel with the orange slices. Or, let it sit for a couple of hours and the caramel dissolves and blends with the orange juices to make a toasty syrup.

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Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake with Almond-Cherry-Caramel Glaze

Dried cherries and toasted almonds are folded into a caramel topping and then drizzled over this chocolate cake, giving it a crisp (think peanut brittle) topping.

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Red-Wine-Poached Pears with Star Anise & Pistachios

Poaching the pears keeps the fruit moist and tender and the flavor pure and elemental. It makes for an deceptively simple, elegant dessert.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Abby Dodge calls this rich, dense cake one of her "emergency chocolate desserts." One taste and we guarantee you'll make it not only during Passover, but year-round.

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Passionfruit & Citrus Salad with Coconut Meringues

Dainty coconut meringue swirls add extra sweetness to an already sweet, refreshing salad. 

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Almost-Flourless Caramel-Lacquered Chocolate-Peanut Torte

This cross between a brownie and a cake is “almost” flourless because it uses a slice of stale bread in the batter, but that addition can easily be eliminated for Passover.

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