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Chocolate Paradise Passover Dessert (Nut-Free)


Three decadent layers of chocolate – a delicious and satisfying end to your Yom Tov seuda (meal)! This recipe yields two nine x 13-inch pans, so you have enough for the “gantze mishpacha,” and it’s nut-free, for a change on Pesach. Chocoholics – this one’s for you!


Prepare the Crust

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease two nine x 13-inch (20×30-centimeter) baking pans and set aside.
2. Combine all crust ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Divide evenly between the prepared pans and bake 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Prepare the Mocha Fudge Layer

1. While crusts are baking, prepare mocha fudge layer: In a small saucepan, combine all fudge ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from heat and pour a thin layer over each crust. Set aside the remaining fudge for garnishing.

Prepare the Chocolate Mousse Layer

1. In a double boiler or small pot, melt chocolate. Add three tablespoons sugar, wine, cocoa powder, and water. Stir to combine.
2. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks with a fork. Add a few tablespoonfuls of the chocolate mixture to the yolks. Stir to combine.
3. Add remaining chocolate mixture and stir well. Set aside to cool.
4. Beat egg whites with remaining three tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture and divide between the two pans. Freeze.
5. When ready to serve, cut into individual pieces, plate, and drizzle with reserved mocha fudge.


You may substitute truffle-filled chocolate for half the bittersweet chocolate in the chocolate mousse layer, if nuts are not a problem. (Many truffle chocolates have ground hazelnuts in the filling.)


Food and Prop Styling by Renee Muller

Photography by Moshe Wulliger