Today marks the last day of Passover. A celebration of Jewish people being exiled out of Egypt. As the story goes, they packed and left Egypt in such a hurry that they didn’t have enough time to even let their bread rise and only were able to bring unleavened, cracker-like bread called matzah with them. To celebrate this exodus, Jewish people today continue to remove leavened foods from their diets during the Passover. Something that can make Passover dessert planning a bit of a challenge for even the most experienced baker.
I love a baking challenge so when I was tasked with coming up with Kosher, flourless, desserts with no leavening for a sweet ending to a Seder dinner - I jumped all in. Flourless chocolate tortes, coconut macaroons, meringues, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate toffee matzo squares were just a few of the amazing recipes that I came across in my Passover dessert search. It didn't take long before my head was swirling with decadent Passover dessert recipes and settling on just a few, proved to be a challenge.
Chocolate Matzo Mousse Cake in a nutshell is a no-bake, tiramisu inspired icebox cake made with Matzo crackers. It has the potential to be stacked 18 layers high or more, to create a stunning, Seder dinner centerpiece. I chose to make mine into more of a short stack cake. My goal for the Seder dinner desserts was to provide several small bites so guests could enjoy a few bites of each dessert.
Four ingredient desserts are just perfect for busy dinners. Don't let the simplistic ingredient list fool you though. This elegantly simple dessert is truly extraordinary. With ingredients like espresso soaked Matzo, dark chocolate and whipped cream - who needs anything else?
Chocolate Matzo Mousse Cake
2 cups chopped dark chocolate
2 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup strong warm coffee
12 matzo sheets
Remove from pan with parchment and slice into squares.
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