Dana Slatkin

Flourless Fig and Walnut Torte

Fig Walnut Torte

I have a love/dread relationship with the Jewish holiday that begins next week. That is because Passover, the eight-day celebration that commemorates the freedom of the Jewish people, is the Special Olympics of cooking. Handicapped by a long list of culinary prohibitions, anyone who attempts to cook for the crowds of family and friends that gather for the rituals must have the endurance and determination of an athlete.

Since all leavened ingredients, including flours, grains and legumes, are prohibited, matzo meal and eggs become my powerhouse ingredients for the week. They put the fluff in my Matzah Balls, the crunch in my Zucchini-Potato Latkes, and the spring in this moist, fragrant torte.

Despite the handicaps, I always look forward to cooking for Passover. Combine good food with keen company and weighty tradition and there’s always plenty of meaningful merriment. Luckily, with all the wine being poured, no one will notice me even break a sweat.

Photo credit: bakinghistory.wordpress.com

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  1. michele says:

    This cake sounds lovely, but please correct your title — there is nothing “flourless” about matzoh meal. Unleavened, yeastless, take your pick, but please do not confuse wheat free and gluten free readers by suggesting they can tolerate matzoh!

  2. Dana Slatkin says:

    Hi, Michele, Thanks for your comment and the heads-up for my gluten-free readers. The recipe is so named because it is kosher for Passover, not because it is gluten-free. However, it can easily be made GF by using oat flour or your favorite blend. Let me know how it comes out! xo from 90210

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