Passover is soon approaching and I am beginning to reflect and think about Jewish holidays in general.
All Jewish holidays have an important religious significance. But to me, these celebrations are precious moments to spend with your family and enjoy each others company.
We lead active lives in trying to provide a safe heaven for our children. We forget to call or to just say how are you to our loved ones? We get wrapped up in our daily dramas and at the end of the day we become devoid from life. We ignore the important things in life and concentrate on the ones which are not important.
No family get together would be complete without dessert. Dessert exemplifies the sweetness that life can offer, if we would just take the time to appreciate it.
My favorite Passover desserts are nut torte and nut cookies. These two recipes which I use have been sourced from The Jewish Home Beautiful by Betty D. Greenberg and Althea O. Silverman.
Ingredients: 6 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, grated rind of 1/2 lemon and of 1/2 orange, 1/2 cup ground mixed nuts, 2 tsp. wine, 2/3 cup matzoh meal, 1 tbsp. potato flour.
Separate the whites from the yolks, add a pinch of salt to the whites and place them in the refrigerator. Beat the yolks and the sugar until light, add the remaining ingredients and lastly add the stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in a spring form in a moderate oven 325 degrees for one hour. Invert on a wire rack and cool before removing the sides of the pan.
Ingredients: 6 eggs, 1 cup sugar, grated rind of 1 lemon, 3 tbsp. oil, 2/3 cup ground nuts, 1 cup matzoh cake meal, 2 tbsp. potato flour and a pinch of salt.
Beat the eggs and sugar and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes. Now drop by the teaspoon onto an oiled cooky sheet, allowing room for spreading. Sprinkle with sugar and bake in a hot oven , 400 degrees, for about 20 minutes. `