I don't know how many out there reading this blog are Jewish, but if I can save even one person from expensive, horrid boxed mix or dry homemade Passover brownies, this posting will be worthwhile!
If you do not celebrate Passover, you are totally unaware of the cardboard food we endure during the holiday. During the 8 days of Passover it is forbidden to eat any foods that
"have been made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) and has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water." Flour products come into this catagory. We do eat matzo
and have come up with any number of ways to manipulate the otherwise library paste ( it is only flour, water and salt) into tasty holiday dishes. Desserts are not usually one of those tasty dishes.
We like these brownies so much that the girls request them! Unheard of in Passover dessert circles!!!! (click on the photo to make bigger) I used dark cocoa this year. That is why my brownies are nearly black. In the past I've added KFP chocolate chips. I do not add nuts because my family doesn't like them. All in all though, MMM, MMM, GOOD!
(To really be fair, cardboard food only comes into play if you try to substitute the matzo and matzo products for your regular products that leaven. Ever since DH and I stopped eating bread and bread products, the only problem Passover posed for us is that we are required to eat matzo at the seder and that we want to eat the holiday foods we grew up with . Like any tradition we look forward to the foods of the holiday. Other than that, leaving out leavened food is not difficult to merge with our everyday diet. Meat and vegis and fruit have no leavening!)