Saturday, March 27, 2021

Happy Passover!

Something that many people might not know is that Afternoon Tea was a kosher-style bakery, and we made lots of specialties for many Jewish holidays, including Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The holiday of Passover involved baking without flour or leavening of any kind.  This is symbolic of the Jews escaping from Egypt and being on the move, and therefore unable to wait for bread to rise.  In addition to the treats we made specific for the Holiday, we also tested many of our recipes to see if we could substitute matzoh meal or potato flour for flour and leavening.  We were able to convert quite a few of our recipes, and make Passover versions of brownies, blueberry muffins, and some of our most popular cakes.  With our varied selections, our customers had many treats to choose from to tide them over during the week of Passover.

Other classic Passover treats included a vegetarian Tsimmes (a carrot, sweet potato and dried fruit side dish for the seder), Haroses (an apple-wine-nut side dish), and Passover Wine Cake.

Some special treats we made for the Holiday became instant memorable favorites.  Sabra Torte, for example (featured in our Cakes Cookbook), is a delicious cake I regularly crave.  Same with the Hungarian Rhapsody, which is a luscious, decadently-nutty cake we long to eat any time of year.  And Apple Charlotte is just a delightful treat with absolutely no holiday required to enjoy!

One of our Passover treats even became a year-round favorite.  The Matzoh Fudge Log became known as our Fudge Crunch, and was a popular item on our cookie trays as well as at the counter.  But my favorite Passover dessert was always the 7-Layer Matzoh Cake, for reasons I can't even explain.  Perhaps because it was so easy to make, and just so satisfying with its rich chocolate layered with wine-soaked sheets of Matzoh.  But I admit to having a weakness for more than one item on our Passover menu.

A Happy Passover to all who observe!


Enjoy previous seasonal blog posts:

Slick Stuff
Using the right oil for your health.
Peas in a Pod
It's not easy loving peas!
The Gift of Seclusion
Current conditions are asking us to retreat into our safe zones. Take advantage of this time to ourselves.
One-of-a-Kind Design
Create your own fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper to take custom designs to a whole new level.
The Buzz About Bees
Bees are precious, industrious and endangered.  We can do our part to make sure we don't lose these amazing little creatures.
Oh, Honey!
Celebrate National Honey Month by tasting a new honey, making infused honey, or sprinkling powdered honey on your favorite treat.

Quarantine Chronicles
Sensing a deeper meaning in this season of self-quarantine.
Food Prep 101
Maximizing your time and effort in the kitchen, to get healthy meals on the table quickly during the week.
Isn't it Romantic?
Elevating a moment spent with someone else to make it truly special.
Scones for Spring
An absolute must for a spring brunch or tea party!
Hello Spring!  Hello Cookies!
Our latest cookbook is out!  A book full of Afternoon Tea's cookie and bar recipes!
My Favorite Mugs
A menagerie of mugs ... one of life's simple pleasures.
Never Forgotten
Remembering those who gave everything so that we can live.
Happy Easter!
A bevy of lovely and playful Easter Cakes to welcome in spring!
Who Really Needs An Egg Plate?
Not me.  But I'm probably going to get one anyway!
Happy Mother's Day!
Wishing all of the Moms out there a very wonderful, healthy and happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day Tea
A perfect way to celebrate and spend time with our Moms.
Breakfast in Bed
A time-honored tradition for Mother's Day!
A Bridal Shower Tea ...
the perfect way to entertain!
A Baby Shower Tea Party
Celebrating a little one's imminent arrival.
May Flowers
Surrounding yourself with flowers!
Love Tea Sandwiches?
Spring is for Tea Parties, Baby & Bridal Showers, and Garden Parties -- that means lots and lots of delightful tea sandwiches!
First Sign of Spring Quiche
Spring means quiche, at least it does at my house!
Our Current Obsession: French Macarons
Light, airy, delicate pastel puffs of mouth-watering deliciousness
Starting Off with a Bang!
Bust yourself free from 2020! States are opening up, it's time to make plans!

Quality Matters
When you have a choice, do you choose quality?
Romancing Your Life
Setting the scene to fall in love with your own life
Romantic Foods
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The Romance of Travel
Falling in love with a new destination, adventure, and vistas
Food Porn
It has become a national obsession ... we're salivating over food and all the food shows on tv
How It All Began
The very beginnings of Afternoon Tea.
Baking is Love
No one has to bake ... ever.  So when they do, love is there.
The Lenten Season
A reminder that accepting the challenge of self-discipline is good for the soul
Spring Cleaning
Tackling and taming the clutter 
Cooking with Herbs
Herbs are making a tasty appearance in some of your favorite desserts!
The Problem with Pesto ...
It's so darned easy, you'll be making it all the time!
The Icing on the Cake
Does a bakery really need to make frosted layer cakes?
What's Your Favorite Cake?
If only I could pick just one!
My Boy
A tribute to Max
Bless the Beasts
Spreading goodwill upon the creatures we share this earth with ...
Baking Cakes
Basic baking tips for beautiful layer cakes
Congrats, HWP!
Healing Warriors Program received a huge honor, and we were invited to the Pentagon to see it!
Ana's non-profit, Healing Warriors Program, gives away a state-of-the-art electric wheelchair!
Donate if you can!
Healing Warriors Program,
my sister's nonprofit, does very important work for our service members' complete health and wellbeing.

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