Passover Desserts

I love Passover desserts. If you’re used to looking for the packaged version of Passover-approved treats in your grocery store, I’m here to tell you there is another option. Those overly sweet packaged treats have their charm, but you can create tastier versions of those desserts at home. From macaroons to cakes, this list features some of my favorite desserts for Passover.

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Irish Scones with Kumquat Marmalade

Irish Scones Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I fell mad in love with Ireland and have had the good fortune to visit a couple of times. My first stop after the long flight was to a farm, where I had my first Irish scone with marmalade. The love affair with the country and its scones was set in that moment. Like biscuits or pie dough here in America, there seems to be a scone recipe for every household in Ireland. The one constant is the quality of the butter and dairy used to make them. This is such a simple recipe and the butter makes all the difference, so go with a good one. I used Kerrygold, because I met the farmers and cows while in Ireland and know its incredible. You can use any “European” style butter, because it has a higher fat content than most American brands. The other thing I associate with Irish scones is the shape, round. I like a tall scone, so I press the dough into a thick mass before cutting out the shape. The bigger the scone, the more surface there is to spread it with marmalade. Every table in Ireland served scones with a jar of marmalade, which pretty much satisfies all my needs. I LOVE marmalade! It is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. It is bright in color and flavor and goes with scones or ice cream or just a spoon. I made this kumquat “marmalade” by just cooking down fresh kumquats with sugar, that’s it. No pectin to deal with just gentle cooking. Because I am not thickening the juices, this is a bit runnier than a traditional marmalade. Works brilliantly for me.

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Best Desserts of 2020

Best Desserts of 2020 | ZoeBakes photo by Zoë François

Best Desserts of 2020. These are the most popular sweets I posted on Instagram in 2020. Some of them are old favorites (crepe cake, pavlova and butterscotch pot de creme) and some of them are actually “recipes” I repurposed as I tested the cakes for my upcoming book, Zoë Bakes Cakes! I took the cake fillings (sticky coconut, milk chocolate mascarpone mousse, caramel and bittersweet chocolate ganache) and layered it into a pavlova meringue pie shell to create the Kitchen Sink Angel Pie. I just never know where inspiration will come from! 😉 Other recipes I made from my friends books, like the pumpkin pie with my homemade marshmallows from Erin McDowell’s Book on Pie. The cheesecake was inspired by the little blue berry, but you can make it with any fruit. You’ll find the recipes below and I have TUTORIALS ON INSTAGRAM!

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ZoeBakes Cake Decorating Class – Rose Cake

 

Baker’s Against Racism Cake Decorating Class with Zoë – THIS EVENT WAS HELD IN JUNE

Racism is an issue that I’ve thought a lot about. I am part of a mixed-race family and the things I’ve seen and heard directed at the people I love most just shouldn’t happen to anyone, ever! Systematic racism is real and no matter the socioeconomics of a person, POC are treated differently. We should all have the same rights, the same freedoms, the same ability to walk down the street without fear or anxiety. The same access to protection from police, access to education, health care, healthy food, clean air and safe drinking water. Those things are not afforded to all people in equal measure and that is not right or just and needs to change. I have decided to donate the money we raise together to the NAACP, which works to advance all of these issues for POC. For my children and all children of color, we need these changes and we need them NOW! So, thank you for donating and I am looking forward to creating this cake and a whole bunch of change with you. 

This event came together with the generous support of Patricia and Craig Neal from The Center For Purposeful Leadership, who are hosting the Zoom class for me. They also happen to be my stepmother and dad! They have been facilitating zoom meetings for years, long before I’d ever heard of it. For more information about hosting meaningful and effective zoom meetings, contact them here!

If you would like to decorate the cake along with me, this is what you will need to have ready during the cake decorating class. Read More

Flour Resource – online sales and shipping guide

During this moment in history when there is a shortage of national flour brands on the grocery shelves, it is an amazing time to learn about the smaller wheat growers and to try their flour. Below is a Flour and Grain Resource Guide to Upper Midwest growers, millers, and some of the  bakeries who use them. I have personally baked with Baker’s Field and Sunrise Mill flours and I’m excited to try many of the others. 

For more information about the benefits of baking with flour from small scale growers, both from a personal health and for the health of our planet visit the Artisan Grain Collaborative website. In these strange times, this is a moment for us to change the way we eat and we may end up supporting our farmers at the same time. 

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Recipes From ZoeBakes Instagram Live

Here are the recipes and equipment I’ve used in my @zoebakes Instagram Live Tutorials. You’ll find the links to each recipe below. 

photo above: Cinnamon Rolls RECIPE

To bake them in a SLOW COOKER follow these directions! 

 

Find all Equipment I use in the Instagram Live HERE! 

 

My book is currently sold out on Amazon, but you can still find copies from these sources…

Link to my Bread book at B&N: The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

or from Independent booksellers: The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

The Master Bread in Five Minutes Recipe with or without adding extra flavors. 

Brioche Dough, which can be made in a loaf or any number of breads, such as the ones below and the cinnamon rolls.

Raspberry Braided Brioche – you can do this with any filling and it’s super easy!

Almond Cream Recipe

Sourdough starter – an easy step by step to making a sourdough starter. 

vanilla extract

Homemade Vanilla Infused Extract – it’s super easy, but takes some time for the vanilla essence to infuse, so get one started soon!

Apple Almond Galette with Pie Dough Recipe, Almond Cream and Ice Cream 

Pavlova | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Pavlova with Lemon Curd