11 Passover-Friendly (Mostly Matzo Meal-less) Desserts

April 18, 2016

Many will tell you that the bread of affliction often includes not only the matzo itself, but also the desserts made with matzo meal and eaten cautiously for the eight, unleavened days of Passover.

It needn't be so. Yes, there are the creamy-chewy macaroons (which we love) and chocolate-covered matzo (which we also love), but there are a lot of Passover-friendly desserts that don't come near the dense-making matzo meal, or use it only sparingly. Here are a few of our favorites—unleavened but hardly afflicted at all:

Sub in salted matzo for saltines!

What is your favorite Passover dessert? Share your ideas with us in the comments.

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Monica S. April 5, 2017
The Atlantic Beach Pie looks delicious but the saltine pie crust is definitely NOT allowed for Passover. I'm not even observant but that's just an obvious one!
Madeleine M. April 18, 2016
Nothing beats Claudia Roden's tarte de Santiago or her almond and orange cake - both made with ground almonds.
Aliwaks April 18, 2016
Hey Carloine-- Totally love that you included my cake but it's chametz-- there's flour- and when flour & water meet they will rise and that's not allowed. "According to Talmud, chametz can only consist of grains which begin to rise when exposed to water. The Talmud lists the following five grain varieties as the only ones who do so (provided with their translation as widely accepted in the Orthodox Jewery[2]: שיפון Shippon (shifon)-rye, כוסמין Kusmin- spelt, חיטים Ḥittim-wheat, שעורים Se’orim-barley, and שיבולת שועל Shibbolet shual-oats. According to the Talmud, when any other grain is exposed to water it begins to decay or rot, and does not rise (sirachon). (The use of these five grains also have other applications in Jewish Law, including their exclusive suitability for the production of matzah.)"
Caroline L. April 18, 2016
Hi Aliwaks, thank you so much for pointing this out! Apologies for the mistake—I've removed adjusted the post accordingly.