Monday, March 29, 2010

Passover snack

I was invited to my first Passover Seder tonight.  I wanted to bring something, but I  wasn't sure what would be approriate.  I went to, as they are a reliable source of holiday menus.  One caveat: check with your host about kosher requirements.  Even if you use kosher ingredients, if the dish is prepared in a kitchen that isn't kosher, your host and the other guests might not be able to eat it.

Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

1/3 cup sugar
2 strips lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
24 dried apricots (about 1/4 pound)
2 ounces kosher for Passover bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped peeled pistachios


1) Line a baking sheet with wax paper and place a wire rack on top.

2) Combine sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon stick and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes. Add apricots and gently simmer just until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the apricots with a slotted spoon to the rack. Let cool completely.

3) Melt chocolate in a small metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Dip half of a poached apricot in the chocolate, letting excess drip off. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios over the chocolate half and return the apricot to the rack. Repeat with the remaining apricots.

4)Refrigerate until the chocolate has set, about 20 minutes.

Find the recipe here:

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