Try This Apple-Matzo Pudding Cake for Passover

Passover observances begin this coming Monday,  and while this vegan dessert can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime, it is special to Passover because it contains no leavening and substitutes matzo meal for flour. It’s best eaten warm with your favorite frozen or whipped topping.  Full recipe after the jump…

Make this for a crowd as if easily serves 8-10. Use a 10-inch pie dish and begin by preheating your oven to 375º F.

Apple layer:

3 1/2 cups apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice (3 medium apples)

1 cup apple juice

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons maple syrup

a little pinch of salt

Combine all the above ingredients in sauce pan, bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow simmer and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the apples are tender, but not mushy. While the apples are cooking, get together the matzo layer.

For the pudding-cake layer: Measure all these ingredients into a large mixing bowl:

1 3/4 cup matzo meal or about five matzos ground up to a meal in your food processor

1 cup lightly toasted walnuts or almonds, chopped

3/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

4 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon nutmeg

tiny pinch salt

2 cups rice or soy milk

Stir all the above ingredients together well to combine.  Oil a 10-inch pie plate and pour the apple layer in first and spread evenly. Pour the matzo layer on top of the apples and smooth and press down.  Cover with foil and bake in a 375º F oven for 40 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350º F, remove foil and bake another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the top.  Allow to cool a bit before serving.


3 responses

  1. This is a beautiful and very well balanced vegan dessert! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a more substantial, yet very sensitive, dessert. How perfect for Passover. Thank you, Gary!

  2. The proof is definitely in the (tasting of the) pudding. My absolute dream Passover dessert. It combines all the elements of my favorite part of the Seder : the Charoset!
    I’ve always fantasized about creating a dessert from Charoset or being able to make a dessert that tastes like it (that wonderful combination of apples, cinnamon,
    nuts etc.). Leave it to the amazing Gary A. to conjure up the most wonderful, fabulous tasting Passover dessert ever!!! Who would have suspected that a farm boy from Minnesota could have the chutzpah and the imagination as well as the experience and superior skills to produce such an ethnic piece of ecstasy? Bravo, Gary!
    Kudos and well done!!! With much gratitude & appreciation from your fans… P.S. My good friend Kim who hails from Little Rock and is the most divine (conventional) gifted dessert chef around was very enamored with The Apple Matzoh Pudding Cake Pie, and asked me to leave her & her family any leftovers. This was doubly amazing due to the that her family is on a very restricted diet and currently participating in a nutritional study / test at Stanford! Fantastic and healthy!!!

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