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Transform Pesach brownies into… something else

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If your family is sick of Pesach brownies, or never liked them in the first place, or you’re looking for something a little shmancier, why not turn regular brownies into… well, this little compact-brownie terrine-thing that I don’t have a name for?  (If after reading this post you know what it’s called, please leave a comment letting me know!)It reminds me of those 5-layer Pesach bar cakes that you can buy for ridiculous prices in stores… only much, much cheaper. I use two cast-iron loaf pans, which is nice because they’re heavy, thick and sturdy, but I imagine any two pans the same size will work.  (cast iron is also nice because it kashers for Pesach nice n’ easy when I self-clean the oven…).This is not so much a recipe as a technique I hope will inspire you to great heights of deliciousness.You may want to line your loaf pan with plastic wrap before you begin for ease of removal.  I forgot – doh!Bake two square pans of Pesach brownies (recipe below, or Ester has a good one at her F…

Annual Homeschool Matzah Bake 5773/2013

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Once again, we had some friends over for what’s become an annual pre-Pesach ritual:  home matzah baking!   Not kosher-le-Pesach, of course, but still… fun.Recalling pitfalls from previous years, I vowed to:have enough rolling pins this year (everybody wants to roll!)* mix the dough by hand (no mixer – too sticky and, surprisingly, slower) no pasta roller – it produces more professional results but also, surprisingly, slower (previous years’ posts:  5772, 5771, 5770 (just us, no friends))I also pre-measured the flour and water, so each bowl had 1 cup of flour, with 1/3 of a cup of water standing by to pour in.*NOTE:  To make sure I had enough rolling pins, I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought a 4-foot dowel (maybe 1.25” diameter?) and had them slice it into 4.  With a bit of sandpaper, a good washing, and a final oiling step, I had four perfectly useable kid-size rolling pins, for maybe $7-8.  (I did try Dollarama first but they had no rolling pins of any description, and I certai…

Happy Baking Moment

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Last Shabbos, Ted made brownies from a mix… and Sara came over and decorated it, all professional-like: Happy happy chometz, nestled in its parchment… little suspecting Pesach is on its way!

More delicious kosher morsels!