Tori Avey’s Passover Potluck is a unique annual online event. I’ve invited my friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to share recipes that are kosher for Passover. My goal is to foster mutual understanding between different cultures, to introduce you to my foodie friends, and to share yummy recipes and cooking ideas for Passover! To learn more about the Passover holiday, click here. For more Passover recipes, click here.
I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Aida Mollenkamp of Salt + Wind, the gorgeous new food and travel website. I recommend you all subscribe at once! Aida has an admirable talent for whipping up creative and beautiful recipes that reflect her worldly perspective. Her cookbook Keys to the Kitchen has a permanent place on my cookbook shelf. I know you’ll love her as much as I do! Prepare to be amazed by this gorgeous dessert recipe Aida created for our #PassoverPotluck.
Tori and I only met a few years ago but it was clear from the get-go that we spoke the same food language. Her love for understanding history through food was only rivaled by my adoration of seeing food through travel. I like to think our passions both come from the same place – a craving for cooking our way to a more delicious understanding of the world.
I credit mine to my UN-esque family that’s at once Italian, French, Dutch, Lebanese, and, in turn, (almost) every religion imaginable. And that was only reflected by the friends I grew up with in Los Angeles, where Spring brought tons of celebrations from Easter to Persian New Year and, of course, Passover.
My desire to bring all this to the plate is what inspired me to create my new food-travel site, Salt & Wind, where I share stories of food travel and dishes from my own travels that act as sort of edible souvenirs of my adventures. One such recipe are the rochers inspired by Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, where I used to live. When I first moved to SF, I had just left culinary school in Europe and was missing classic desserts like meringues. In a delicious twist, Tartine had created rocher, which are basically meringues except they’re a little gooier and not as perfectly round, perfect for an occasional, imperfect baker such as myself.
But regular meringues are just too sweet for me so I added in some cocoa powder (kosher for Passover, of course) and some cacao nibs to tame the sweetness. And, because Passover happens at the start of Spring, I couldn’t help but make the most of the season’s first berries which is why I tripled down and swirled them in the meringue, drizzled it on top, then finished it with fresh berries.
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Raspberry Sauce Ingredients
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, plus 1 additional cup for garnish
- 1 tsp superfine aka caster sugar* (see note)
- 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2/3 cup superfine aka caster sugar* (see note)
- 1 tbsp kosher cocoa powder (such as Gefen brand) (optional)
- 3 large egg whites (about 1/2 cup), at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla bean paste
- pinch salt
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs (optional)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)
- 1 cup raspberries
You will also need
- parchment, rimmed baking sheet, small saucepan, food processor or blender, fine mesh strainer, mixing bowls, stand mixer
- Heat oven to 250°F and arrange the rack in the middle. Trace 8 (2-inch) circles onto a piece of parchment paper. Turn over paper and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- For the raspberry sauce: Place the 2 cups of raspberries and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the raspberries just begin to break down.
- Transfer sauce to a food processor or blender, add the lemon juice, and process until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh sieve and discard seeds and set sauce aside. (Sauce can be made up to 4 days ahead of time. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.)
- For the rochers: Combine sugar and cocoa powder (if using) in a small bowl and whisk until no lumps remain.
- Place egg whites in an impeccably clean bowl and beat on low speed until frothy, and little white uniform bubbles appear, about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and increase speed to medium, continuing to beat until the mixture doubles in volume and there are soft peaks when you remove the whisk from the bowl, about 1 minute more.
- Add the sugar mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, until firm, glossy peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and allow mixer to turn a few more times just until the ingredients are incorporated. Test if the meringue is adequately whipped by pulling the whisk out of the bowl and turning the whisk upside down. If the meringue leaves a peak that stands up but gently folds back on itself at the end, it’s ready.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer stand, and add the cacao nibs and almonds (if using). Using two large spoons, immediately spoon the meringue by heaping tablespoons, nicely spaced apart, onto the circles on the parchment paper. Add a small spoonful of the sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon) to each meringue then use a skewer to gently swirl in the sauce, being careful to not deflate the meringues.)
- Place the baking sheets in the oven. Reduce the temperature to 200°F. Bake until the meringues are somewhat dry to the touch on the outside and firm, about 60 to 90 minutes total. As the meringues cool they will dry out more and harden on the outside.
- When the meringues are ready, turn off the oven and let them sit for at least an hour (or up to 3 hours) in the oven.
- For garnish, top each meringue with some raspberries and raspberry sauce and serve.
- *Note: Superfine aka caster sugar is smaller grain than regular white sugar and dissolves better in desserts like this. If you can’t find it, go ahead and use granulated sugar and process it in your food processor until broken up.