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Skillet Sea Salt Brownies

A fudgy, gooey, warm brownie topped with ice cream and sea salt. Served right from the oven, dessert can’t get any better than skillet sea salt brownies!

Skillet Sea Salt Brownies- A perfectly fudgy, gooey, warm brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of sea salt. Served right from the oven, dessert can't get any better! passthechallah.com

GUYS! Today is Pass the Challah’s first year anniversary! Yes, that means that exactly a year ago today I published my first post (crunchy cornflakes chicken) on Pass the Challah!  I really can’t believe that it’s been a whole year already.  I guess time flies when you’re having fun!  And I’ve definitely had so much fun sharing my recipes and stories with you!  Ok I gotta stop with the exclamation marks.  Here’s a quick recap of Pass the Challah’s first year:

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Rainbow Fruit Cups

These rainbow fruit cups are completely stunning and guaranteed to steal the show! The perfect recipe to add elegance to your next occasion.

Rainbow Fruit Cups- These rainbow fruit cups are completely stunning and guaranteed to steal the show! The perfect recipe to add elegance to your next occasion. passthechallah.com

I have to be honest, I kept going back and forth about if I should post this recipe or not.  Because it doesn’t quite fit the simple, quick, unfussy style of my recipes.  You’ve probably caught on by now to the fact that I like quick and easy recipes that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.  I make no-bake nutella cheesecake instead of real cheesecake, unstuffed cabbage instead of stuffed cabbage rolls, and one pan meals like onion roasted chicken and paprika chicken and rice.  I’m all about quick.  And let me tell you, these rainbow fruit cups are not quick.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Rainbow Fruit Cups- These rainbow fruit cups are completely stunning and guaranteed to steal the show! The perfect recipe to add elegance to your next occasion. passthechallah.com

But sometimes you’re looking for something with that wow-factor.  And these have a HUGE wow-factor!  Trust  me.  I made them this past weekend for a friend’s bridal shower, and I can’t even count how many compliments I got. You’ll be getting compliments all night.  They will steal the show!   Line them all up on a tiered stand, and boy are they STUNNING. Like jaw-droppingly stunning (clearly so stunning that I needed to make up the word “jaw-droppingly”).

And while they’re not quick, they are easy in the sense that there aren’t any complicated steps, long instructions to follow, and chance of messing something up.  Chopping fruit is easy…but you’ll be spending a lot of time doing it.  So be prepared with a good tv show, podcast, radio station, or friend on the phone.  Thank goodness my mom helped me make 48 of these on Sunday.  I’m telling you, they take time.  But it was all 100% worth it for the elegance they added to the shower (and all the compliments didn’t feel so bad either).

So next time you need a stunning dish to instantly add elegance to your occasion, these rainbow fruit cups are exactly what the doctor ordered.  Enjoy!

Rainbow Fruit Cups- These rainbow fruit cups are completely stunning and guaranteed to steal the show! The perfect recipe to add elegance to your next occasion. passthechallah.com

Rainbow Fruit Cups
 
Recipe type: Parve
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 20 2-ounce plastic shot glasses
  • 1½ pounds strawberries
  • 3 mangoes, peeled
  • 5 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 pound blueberries
Instructions
  1. Chop washed strawberries, mangoes, and kiwis into tiny pieces (as pictured).
  2. Add strawberries to the bottom of each shot glass, followed by mangoes, kiwis, and blueberries.
  3. Store in the fridge and serve within a few hours. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake

This no-bake funfetti cheesecake recipe is easy to prepare and so delicious! What can go wrong with a perfect cheesecake loaded with colorful sprinkles?!

No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake- This no-bake funfetti cheesecake recipe is easy to prepare and so delicious! What can go wrong with a perfect cheesecake loaded with colorful sprinkles?! passthechallah.com

Yes, another no-bake cheesecake!  Because after I made a no-bake nutella cheesecake last week, I was reminded how insanely easy yet insanely delicious they are!  So right after I cleaned up from the nutella cheesecake, I took to the internet and started searching for ideas for my next no-bake cheesecake to make.

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No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

An easy and completely heavenly No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake! This recipe comes together so quickly and is a huge crowd pleaser.

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake- An easy and completely heavenly No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake! This recipe comes together so quickly and is a huge crowd pleaser. passthechallah.com

We are just a couple weeks away from Shavuot!  Shavuot is a Jewish holiday (yes, another one) that is  seven weeks after Passover.  And the signature dish of Shavuot is– CHEESECAKE! Good choice right?  Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat tons and tons of cheesecake?

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Crunchy Asian Rice Salad + A Giveaway

This crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd pleaser! It’s full of chow mein noodles, Craisins, pine nuts, and an addictive soy garlic dressing.

Crunchy Asian Rice Salad- This crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd pleaser! It's full of chow mein noodles, craisins, pine nuts, and an addictive soy garlic dressing. passthechallah.com

This is one of those recipes that you’re going to be giving out to your friends.  A lot.  It has everything that is addictive and irresistible about a dish—It’s crispy from lots of chow mein noodles.  But it’s also sweet from the Craisins.  It has a touch of richness from pine nuts (and more crunch, which can never hurt).  It’s savory and mouth-watering from shallots, and has a totally incredible soy sauce garlic dressing that I now put on anything and everything I can.  Like I said, this crunchy asian rice salad recipe is a true crowd-pleaser and a true keeper.

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11 Post-Passover Recipes Loaded with Carbs!

11 post-Passover recipes full of all the carbs you’ve been dreaming about!

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The week of Passover ended Saturday night, and it’s always bittersweet.  On the one hand, it’s hard to say goodbye to all the fun times with family and friends, Seder traditions, festive meals, vacation time, and overall joyous feeling that Passover brings.  On the other hand, CARBS! I can eat carbs again! I thought I’d never see the day when I could bite into a fluffy, pillowy, airy piece of bread, or brownie, or slice of pizza.  Yes, these are the things you dream about when you eat the flattest, blandest, crunchiest cracker called matzoh for 8 days straight.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

A simple recipe for perfect gluten free cookies! These almond butter chocolate chip cookies are so delicious, nobody will guess there’s no flour or butter.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies- A simple recipe for the perfect gluten free cookie! These almond butter chocolate chip cookies are so delicious, nobody will guess there's no flour or oil. passthechallah.com

Did you try my homemade almond butter last week?!  You are going to be so happy if it’s sitting in your refrigerator right now, because boy do I have THE cookie recipe for you!  It’s made with (you guessed it) almond butter!

These cookies are truly miraculous, and truly delicious.  They have no flour, no oil, no butter, and no gluten at all!  They’re made with just almond butter, egg, baking soda, vanilla, brown sugar, and of course chocolate chips.  Isn’t that wild?!  It’s still crazy to me that these ingredients somehow actually turn into a perfectly chewy and completely addictive cookie that could totally pass as “normal.”

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Homemade Almond Butter

Did you know that making homemade almond butter is extremely easy?! And it requires just one ingredient—ALMONDS!  That’s it!

Homemade Almond Butter- Did you know that making homemade almond butter is extremely easy?! And it requires just one ingredient—ALMONDS! That’s it! Check out the super simple recipe at passthechallah.com

I had no idea that making almond butter is as simple as dumping almonds in a food processor and turning it on.  The thought of making homemade butters sounds complicated and too fussy for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I make lots of things homemade.  But there’s just something about homemade almond butter that’s too homemade.  Do you know what I mean?  Am I just making this up?

Anyways, I started looking into how to make homemade almond butter as I was thinking about Passover recipes.  That’s right, Passover is just two weeks away!  Can you believe it?  So I got the idea of almond butter for Passover, and it sounds just perfect!  It’s great on matzoh, on carrots, on apples, in yogurt, in desserts (recipe coming soon!), and it’s also a great substitute for the peanut butter we can’t eat on Passover.  Yes, I enjoy peanut butter a little bit too much and definitely need a peanut butter substitute during Passover.

Since almond butter is hard to find for Passover (and is also quite expensive even if you can find it), I decided to make my own!  And what I said before is the truth—you literally just put almonds in a food processor and turn it on.  That’s it!  No kidding!  Who knew?!

Homemade Almond Butter- Did you know that making homemade almond butter is extremely easy?! And it requires just one ingredient—ALMONDS! That’s it! Check out the super simple recipe at passthechallah.com

The only catch is—it takes a while in your food processor.  Like 10 minutes.  Which really isn’t long at all, considering many recipes require an hour of cooking time, like cakes, casseroles, and chicken.  And we cook brisket and roasts for 7 or 8 hours!  But there’s something about 10 minutes in a food processor that feels like forever.  Probably because we are used to using our food processor for 10 seconds at a time, or a max of 1 minute at a time.  And we are used to standing at the food processor and watching as we use it.

All of a sudden standing at your food processor for 10 minutes watching whole almonds turn into almond butter seems totally crazy.  And it is!  So treat the almond butter like you would treat cookies—set your timer for 10 minutes and walk away.  You have to!  Otherwise it’s going to feel like it took 10 years, and you’re also going to get worried that it’s never going to work.

The almonds go through stages, starting at LOUD, to crumbled, to more crumbled, to more more crumbled, to semi-liquid, to finally magically smooth and creamy almond butter.  But if you stand there watching it like I did the first time, you’re gonna watch and worry that it’s not working.  And one minute goes by and it’s still not working.  And another minute goes by and it’s still not working.  And now every minute feels like it’s going by even slower because you’re worried that it’s still not working!  Trust me, you must walk away from the food processor.

If you follow the walk away strategy, you’ll save yourself what feels like 40 minutes of worrying about your almond butter, and soon you’ll have perfectly creamy, totally delicious almond butter!  You’re going to love this stuff.  I would highly recommend making a double batch from the beginning, because it’s zero extra work, and after you taste it you’re gonna want tons more.  Enjoy!

Homemade Almond Butter- Did you know that making homemade almond butter is extremely easy?! And it requires just one ingredient—ALMONDS! That’s it! Check out the super simple recipe at passthechallah.com

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Homemade Almond Butter
 
Serves: 1½ cups almond butter
Ingredients
  • 3 cups almonds (raw, whole)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional, more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preaheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Arrange the almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10-15 minutes, until almonds are fragrant and slightly toasted. You also could start with dry-roasted almonds and skip this step.
  3. Pour almonds and salt into the bowl of a food processor and blend on medium for 10 minutes, or until creamy. Be patient and don’t worry, it will work! Some food processors may take 15 minutes.

 

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Marinade

This sweet and spicy chicken marinade is so easy and bursting with flavor! Chipotle peppers, brown sugar, whisky, BBQ sauce, and lime are a perfect combo.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Marinade- This sweet and spicy chicken marinade is so easy and bursting with flavor! Chipotles, brown sugar, whisky, garlic, BBQ sauce, and lime are a perfect combo. passthechallah.comHello!  I feel like I haven’t talked to you in so long!  With all the Purim prep last week, I barely had a chance to tie my own shoes, let alone share this new and addicting chicken recipe with you.  (BTW- everybody loved the chocolate covered strawberry hamantaschen in their mishloach manot!  I also included a real chocolate covered strawberry and a fancy brownie.  Check them out here!).

So now that I’ve had a few nights of real sleep, I can finally debut my Sweet and Spicy Chicken Marinade!  But before I jump into the recipe, let’s talk about spice:

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Kosher Tex Mex That Tastes Like the Real Deal

GUYS. I have been dying to share this with you! For the last several weeks, I worked on a feature for Joy of Kosher (umm somebody pinch me)! It has been so much fun recreating my “Tex Mex” favorites, but it felt so strange not sharing these mouth-watering recipes with you!  It’s like I was cheating on this blog or something.

Kosher Tex Mex

But now my feature has been shared on Joy of Kosher and I can FINALLY share it with you!  Check it out here!  I talk all about my memories growing up in Texas and feasting on the best, most authentic Tex Mex you could ever imagine.  Think hot and fresh tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole, and queso, cheesy enchiladas with rice and beans, and sizzling plates of fajitas with homemade tortillas.

Now that I keep kosher, I can’t really go to those hole-in-the-wall Tex Mex restaurants that Texas is known for, but you bet I’m gonna recreate the amazing flavors in my own kitchen!  Trust me, I have a very well trained Mexican palette.  And these dishes totally hit the spot.  Here are the recipes:

Cheese Enchiladas

Cheese Enchiladas

Mexican Mashed Potatoes

Mexican Mashed Potatoes

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

But really, you just need to read my whole story here.  Enjoy!

 

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