Beyond Nut Cake: Delectable and Different Pesach Desserts for Chassidishe Minhagim by Ronit Peskin is an e-book determined to put to rest the misconception that the only possible non-gebrokts Pesach dessert is nut cake.
Armed with only peel-able fruit and vegetables, nuts that can be shelled at home (including coconut), salt, eggs, wine, and sugar syrup, Ronit Peskin concocted over twenty-five desserts, ranging from flans to ice creams, from banana fritters to crepes, and even a recipe for how to make your own marzipan.
The recipes are all non-dairy, gluten-free, and suitable for people who have all kinds of dietary restrictions.
For those who don’t know Ronit, she’s the force behind Penniless Parenting, a frugal parenting blog taglined: “A Rich Life on a Minimum Wage.”
She’s undaunted at the prospect of making almost anything at home, and this shows in this short e-book, where she starts off with the basics. How to make sugar syrup is pretty self-explanatory. But had I ever even considered making my own potato starch? Not. Somehow, she makes it seem likely that I actually might try one day.
Instructions for nut milks and nut butters follow, before we get to the desserts. I don’t believe a meal – any meal – qualifies for the term unless it includes dessert, so of course this was one book that spoke to my heart… or at least my stomach.
I’ve never tried flan with coconut cream, nor lemon curd with oranges instead, so our Pesach desserts are going to have some delectable new twists this year!
Ronit Peskin also leads foraging hikes, on which she teaches which plants in the greater Yerushalayim area can be used for food, which have first aid and medicinal properties, and which ones are poisonous. (A fascinating and educational family Chol Hamoed outing, by the way!) For more, check out foragingisrael.com.
We received a review copy.