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Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest of

I made dessert for tonight's Seder.  (I doubled both because I'm going to a neighbor's tomorrow night)
 
Almond Cake.  Just Almonds, sugar, Eggs, vanilla, wine and marmalade.
 



 
And Sesame Halvah 
Toasted Sesame Seeds, honey, allspice, cinnamon and ginger
 


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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 10:40:32 (permalink)
What, no mention of April Fools day? Happy Passover to you.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 12:50:22 (permalink)
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Happy Passover.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 15:28:58 (permalink)
Thanks!  The Halvah was a huge hit as ugly as it is.  Tonight's I might cut up into small pieces and put them in candy papers.  Yeah, that will look nicer.
 
The cake although pretty has a strange consistency because it's just ground almonds, sugar and eggs.  YOu chew it.. REALLY chew it.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 15:58:55 (permalink)
Like a health bar?
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 16:44:38 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2018/03/31 16:48:08
Maybe.  Very grainy/chewable.  Just ground almonds and sugar.  Maybe I didn't grind them enough.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 20:02:24 (permalink)
Happy Passover! Both of those look wonderfully tasty.
 
I wonder if mixing half and half with almond flour and ground almonds would make it less chewy? Although I don't think I'd mind it as it is.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 20:19:41 (permalink)
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Almond Cake.  Just Almonds, sugar, Eggs, vanilla, wine and marmalade.

I don't bake and I'm not Jewish so maybe this is more common than I realize, but wine as a cake ingredient?  Is it there more for religious/historical significance or does it actually add a certain flavor?
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 20:31:19 (permalink)
I'm guessing it's a flavoring agent although I've never used Port.  I don't notice the flavor at all.  I've made this cake with cherry wine that my dad made and this time Manischewitz Blackberry. I'd rather drink it.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 20:37:29 (permalink)
I don't know as I'd go so far as to bake with a good port, but maybe next year you try with a little Mogen David?
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/03/31 22:35:46 (permalink)
I'm no authority, but it does seem to be a Mediterranean thing to add some kind of alcohol to cakes. I've got a recipe for a Greek yogurt cake that uses a cognac syrup.
 
And then there was the year my Truly Ridiculous Birthday Cake was Guinness chocolate with Bailey's buttercream frosting. I've seen a LOT of cake recipes using whiskey, too, and in my standard chocolate cake recipe I sub Kahlua for vanilla extract.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/04/01 11:45:11 (permalink)
I had a smart bottle of unopened Port in the kitchen ready for use but I just could not open it for a Tablespoon!  Doesn't it have to be stored in the refrigerator after opening or at least emptied and sipped to entirely empty?  Chocolate or cheese could be Involved, I believe.  Maybe that bottle was given to me after someone's European vacation.
 
Great.  Now I'm going downstairs to read the label.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/04/01 13:08:45 (permalink)
We store our ports at room temperature even after they've been opened and they're fine.  Obviously once the cork's been pulled the wine will begin to oxidize, so while you don't have to finish the bottle all at once you don't want to let it sit around for too long, either (I prefer 375ml bottles for this reason).  I think we've had bottles open for as long as 2 weeks without noticing any significant deterioration, but I also don't have an oenophile's nose and palate.
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/04/01 13:15:00 (permalink)
Well, I was right in that it was a gift and it was from someone's vacation.
 
BUT, they only drove up to Central California.
 

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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/04/01 13:26:44 (permalink)
Happy Passover Mar! 
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Re: Happy Passover to those that observe the holiday and an early Happy Easter to the rest 2018/04/01 17:28:49 (permalink)
Thanks, Bill and a Happy Easter to you and yours!
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