Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fudgey and Gluten Free Passover Fudge Cake and My Passover Menu


Ach! Such a crazy title for a very simple cake. I'm not sure when flourless chocolate cake became the rage, only to be followed by little molten lava cakes, but I know that every restaurant seems to have one or the other on their menu. And just like they are everywhere, so are the numerous recipes that extoll their virtues. I'm not sure how old I was when my mother gave me the recipe for her flourless chocolate cake, but I think I was already out of the home-so to speak.

She used to make it quite often and so did I. When I first got married it seems this was THE dessert that I made for everyone. But don't get too excited because I'm not giving you that recipe. I'm giving you a better recipe. It doesn't involve separate beating of the egg whites and egg yolks or melting the chocolate or anything like that. So, look at it this way, I'm giving you the latest and greatest. Not because I didn't love the one my mother made, but because this one is like way simpler.


Yes, it is different. The texture is more fudge like than brownie like. This one slides off your tongue and can be served warmed or chilled. And it only requires one 9" pan. Don't laugh when I say this makes 16 servings. It can easily serve 12-maybe 16. Yes, this beauty is rich. Creamy rich and totally a chocolate lover's dream. Throw a little whipped cream or ice cream on top and even a few berries, and you've got an unbelievable dessert. 





Now I know there are chiffon cake lovers in the bunch and I'm going to give you a link to one of my favorites. This Bon Appetit recipe is good. Very good. I made it way back in 1997. Ach! Where does the time go? Now my friend makes it! But, well, I'm just a girl that loves chocolate; and my Ilse's Passover nut cake, iced with a delectable mocha frosting. What can I say?

Passover is a big meal and it lasts a long time so one must pace themselves, as my father says. It involves 4 glasses of wine and a great story, traditions and singing. Check the link out if you want to know more. This year we are making it easy on my folks and flying to Phoenix to celebrate. Normally we don't celebrate with them because it was too hard to visit when the kids were in school and they never liked coming up here. Alex and Zoe are flying in and it will be the first Passover my nuclear family has had together since their senior year in high school. I am looking very forward to this.  Like way forward. Like I can't wait! My brother will be there to, but alas, only one of them. I'll be doing a lot of the cooking, and that's OK. I enjoy cooking. Can't you tell?


Our Menu!


Chopped Liver

Gefilte Fish - I buy the frozen loaves. I've made it several ways but the frozen are pretty good!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Charoses - I do the Sephardic kind and the apple kind, but this year, just the apples! 
Bitter Herbs and Salt Water
Maror (Horseradish) - Usually I grate my own, but this year simplicity is king!


Roasted Asparagus and Roasted Carrots
Frozen Fruit Cup

Matzoh Toffee - use matzoh, not Saltines
Meringues
Fresh Berries

And now the fudge cake! Enjoy! And Happy Holidays! Be it Easter or Passover!


Flourless, Gluten Free, Passover Fudge Cake
Yield: 12-16 servings
Time: 20 minutes prep

Ingredients:
8 oz unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
4 oz semi sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1 1/3 c sugar
1 c butter
5 eggs
Pinch of salt
1 t vanilla
Directions:
Line the bottom of a 9" cake pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper. Preheat oven to 350.
Put both chocolates in food processor. Using the on/off method chop the chocolate until fairly fine.
Bring 1/2 c water to boil with the sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. With motor running, slowly pour sugar water into chocolate. Add butter 2 T at a time. Add eggs one at a time to incorporate into mixture. Add salt and vanilla.
Pour into prepared cake pan. Place in a bigger pan and fill pan with hot water until the water reaches halfway up the outside of the cake pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs. Do not over bake. Remove from water bath and let cool. May be served chilled, warm or at room temperature!


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70 comments:

  1. Sounds simple enough Abbe and certainly looks delicious. I can't wait to try it. It sounds like you have a wonderful time with your family planned. Safe travels.

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  2. I made a couple of flourless cake from a couple of recipes. Neither was as good as one I had as a guest. Since this dessert has been in your life for a while, I am trusting this recipe. For me more fudgy than brownie was a key phrase. I like fudgy brownies best. Aha---a match. I am a flower person big time. The photos with the pansies were wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! This is really fudgy and the texture is good whether chilled or at room temp. Fudgy is my way to go! Pansies are my favorite flower!

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  3. Great cake! We make one almost identical to this, although with less butter and just a little flour. Plus some rum! And have made flourless versions, too. Super recipe, and I like the flower garnish. Have a great holiday!

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    1. Oh yes, rum! Got to have rum! I've done that before, too!

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  4. Love the simple recipe and the incredibly decadent look! This looks so chocolaty and rich. Sounds like you're going to have a fabulous time with your family, enjoy your time with them!

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  5. abbe, another great post. Have a wonderful passover.

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    1. Hope you had one too, Cind! And I hope I see you soon!

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  6. My God, Abbe, I am in chocolate heaven! The cake looks so dang fudgy and luscious.

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    1. One day, maybe we will meet there, Angie! For now, this will have to do!

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  7. Oh this is lovely, very moist. My flour less cake never get such fudge like texture.

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    1. I think the water bath helps to create such a creamy, fudgy texture! Try it!

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  8. How wonderful that you can look forward to this special time with your family! Enjoy the time together and certainly enjoy your impressive menu! I love a flourless chocolate cake all year round and yours is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Holly! And I agree about flourless cakes. Any time is a great time!

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  9. That's decadent. R*E*A*L*L*Y yumm!! Ok I am completely at a loss for words.. let's just say "I hope you save me one bite of that chocolate goodness" !

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  10. Wow....I love how simple this recipe is, Abbe. I haven't mastered cake-making. Success is always 50-50 ..lol. I guess the only way I can enjoy something as heavenly as this is to get over my excuses and try until I get it right!

    Have a wonderful time in Phoenix! ♥

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    1. Thanks Sharon! And it is hard to go wrong with this cake. Enjoy!

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  11. I've been craving chocolate cake for days now but still too lazy to bake ugh ! Maybe I'll invite myself to your Passover get-together so that I can try that delicious and sinfully rich fudge cake ;) Have a safe trip and enjoy the time with your family , and let the kids wash the dishes everyday , okay ?! lol

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    1. Oh yes-the kids did wash the dishes, until my father stepped in. He is anal in that regard! Can't sit still for one minute!

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  12. This recipe seems too easy to be that gorgeous. I can't wait to give this a try.

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    1. That's what I thought, too. But it fools ya! And it is easy and good!

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  13. I'm not a practicing Jew, so I don't eat flourless anything — until now. Wow! That cake looks divine!

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  14. such an amazing cake Abbe,moist...chocolaty and perfect for celebrating family time,thanks so much for sharing :-)

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  15. This is so lovely! I love the texture of flourless cakes and this one has a mousse like feel to it...delicious. Your menu sounds amazing too!

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    1. It does have a mousse like texture, too! It was a great meal!

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  16. that is an old recipe!
    the best chocolate cakes tend to be flourless, they have the most cocoa flavor.

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    1. So right! But sometimes the old ones are the best!

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  17. Your menu sounds delicious! I guess I'll wait to get my invitation in the mail. :D

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    1. Any time you are here you have an open invitation!

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  18. Please, invite me in for Easter! The menu is terrific and this fudge cake is one of the best all-time treats that I have ever seen.

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    1. Well, Easter might not be so fun in my house, but you sure can come for Passover! Thanks, Denise!

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  19. Sometimes I think it a dis-service to a cake to even call it flourless; you know as if we need to make sure people know it is lacking something. This cake lacks nothing!

    Hope you and yours have a lovely time together and I'm not just talking about the girls at lunch! :) See you tomorrow; can't wait.

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  20. that looks amazing, Abbe! and it's nice to have a simpler version of something for Passover, especially when there seems to be so many other things to make at the same time! I'm failing miserably in my quest to learn about Jewish food traditions this year, so it's nice to see your menu up. gives me something to think about (for this year? for next year? i don't know, but at some point.). :) lovely..happy passover!

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    1. Definitely, next year, Shannon! There is plenty of time. and thanks and Happy Easter to you!

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  21. This is stunning Abbe! Happy Passover to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue! From you, that is a real compliment!

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  22. I'm definitely trying your cake...and I bought matzohs just to make that toffee. Off to check out your recipe...b/c who knows where the one I printed off has gone off to! Enjoy your family time...ours will all be together for Easter.

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    1. You are going to love that toffee! Hope you enjoy this cake, Liz. It is great being together, isn't it? And if you don't get around to the toffee, matzoh keeps like forever!

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  23. I'm sure this will be a huge hit! It looks so wonderfully decadent!

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  24. This sounds so divine...can't wait to try it!
    Have a wonderful and safe trip and enjoy your time with your family!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I hope we can have a play date soon!

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  25. This cake looks so rich and delicious. I bet it could feed 16 or maybe just 2 hungry teenagers. Either way this is going to be a hit for the festivities this month. Great menu you have. Enjoy your time with family and friends and I am sure if you are hosting they are going to love that menu. Take care, BAM

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    1. That's sweet, Bam! It might feed 4 hungry teenagers if two of them are girls!

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  26. Yum! I love the the play of light and rich in a good flourless chocolate cake. Yours looks excellent.

    Happy passover :)

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  27. Yum! I love the the play of light and rich in a good flourless chocolate cake. Yours looks excellent.

    Happy passover :)

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  28. Abbe, this is just gorgeous! I love flourless chocolate cakes, too - so fudgy and decadently satisfying yet so very, very simple (and gorgeous :D)! I also really enjoyed reading your Passover Menu - fascinating to me the food traditions inherent in the celebration of Passover. Great post (as always! :D).

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  29. Have a wonderful passover celebration in company of your children, Abbe!
    This chocolate cake looks so moist and rich and I'm happy that I can invite my friends who have to stick to a gluten free diet such a treat.

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    1. Thanks Daniela! This is a great cake for anyone!

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  30. This is one beautiful cake, Abbe, and this chocoholic's dream come true. Love how fudge-y it looks and that flower is the perfect adornment. Your Passover menu sounds delicious. I doubt anyone will leave that table hungry. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Passover, Abbe.

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    1. Pansies make everything beautiful! Thanks john and hope you had a great Easter!

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  31. Great Passover treat for your children. Your cakes and recipes are wonderful Abbe.

    -Amit

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  32. Beautiful, rich and drool-worthy cake Abbe. Many blessings to you and your family during Passover. The menu sounds wonderful!

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  33. Decadent and mouth-watering chocolate cake
    Wonderful for Passover and for any special occasion
    I wish you a great holiday
    Hag Sameach.

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  34. Abbe, this cake looks delicious, creamy and rich, I love the intensity of the color...beautifully done.
    Hope you are having a great week :D

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    1. Thanks Juliana! It was a really good cake!

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  35. Hi, Abbe...Pat here @savorthebest.com.....This is my first time at your site as I just happened to stumble onto it. Your flourless chocolate cake looks wonderful and I still have a memory in my mouth of one just like it that I ate on Sunday night. Our church had a Jewish catering service at our church to do a seder dinner and then the plate with all those goodies as well as the 4 cups of wine. Except it was Welch's Grape Juice. The menu was almost exactly as you described above we really enjoyed the dinner and am so glad to have the opportunity to experience it.
    I have to confess tho that the gefilte wasn't too exciting. I loved the chocolate cake and plan to make your recipe soon. Thanks....have a wonderful Passover with your parents in AZ :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Pat. What fun to do a Seder dinner at church! We used to go through a lot of Welch's when the kids were small! Passover is pretty traditional but every cook has their own twist. Homemade gefilte fish is much better than jarred which I am guessing is what you had. I buy the frozen and boil it and that is always a winner. But, it is hard to find if there aren't many Jewish groceries around. Enjoy! And thank you! And visit again!

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  36. OH MY! This looks gorgeous, Abbe. The flourless cake looks texturally perfect!

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    1. Hope you enjoy Marzia and thanks for visiting. hope to see you again!

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  38. There are so many traditional foods for each holiday-I think that is why there are so many Jewish cookbooks. Thanks, Shelley!

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  39. Thanks so much Amit! Hope you had a great holiday, too!

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