Sunday, April 12, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Dattelkonfekkt - Passover Recipe - Baking Bible


For those who don't know what chamtez is and why I had to clean my house top-to-bottom looking for every last bread crumb/pretzel stuffed underneath the furniture. Then, completely replace all the pots plates and cooking and eating utensils. You can read up here.

Obviously we left out the bottom oblaten cookies from this recipe as they would have been "chametz!" :) 

These did not seem so great at first. The are rather chewy and bland at first bite. However, they have a very nice aftertaste and I now have a bit of an addiction.

Altz en Platzen 

Ground almonds.


Ground together.

Silky but no soft peaks. At this point I said to myself, "I'll trust you on this Rose…"


Spread out on a baking sheet. Next time I'll increase the recipe so as to fill the baking sheet all the way.

Choresh bodem jun, ratatouille, chicken soup with chicken balls (no matzo balls since we don't wet our matzah "gebroks".)

Hey, who's Passover kitchen do you think this is?

A sheet cookie. Very sticky.

All the sticky stuff that stuck to the knife I rolled into balls.

Matzah Pizza with the leftover matzah has become a family tradition. No, I did not bake my own matzah in our home oven as the laws can get rather complex and I want to make sure it is actually kosher and not "chametz" when we eat it. We eat only the hand-made "shmura" matzah. It was about $25 lb this year and our family eats about 10 lb over the holiday (although we found some for much less at Costco, G-d bless them.)

So, I put them back in the oven to crisp up a bit but I think I may prefer them softer.

Now Passover ended Yesterday so, if you will excuse me, I have to redo my kitchen again to put it back the way it was… 


  1. Wow! What a project!! What made you do them in a sheet pan? I love dates and almonds, so I am anxious to try these. I hope you and your family had a beautiful and blessed Passover, Mendy!

  2. Hi Mendy, your photo of the chicken soup reminded me of my Grandma's chicken soup. I couldn't tell you what it was about her soup, the carrot, the turnip, the dill, (maybe the chicken) that made it so delicious. It was as though I could taste the love somehow. And the matza balls! We liked them hard and big so you needed a knife to cut them. She couldn't make enough. We each got two and some soup. PS: The cookies are addictive!

  3. Wow! I like how you made into sheet also. No fuss! And thanks for the link and I really like reading your customs! The passover meal your wife made looked delicious! So means you change all your utensils and pots and pans yearly?? Then what happens to the old ones..they are not usable anymore and you give away?

    1. We sell them until after the holiday and them buy them back. :)

  4. Brilliant idea to use a sheet pan for the cookies! They are addictive. Such a surprise.
    Hey, that pizza looks really good. I love Matza ball soup. Sadly the best Kosher deli in town closed and it is no more. Your wife is priceless!

  5. I like how you just spread the whole batter and baked it like that...anyway it's going to be eaten right away:-)

  6. i had the same experience: thought they were meh at first then couldn't stop eating them. that matzah pizza looks pretty yummy. glad to have you back baking along!

  7. No wonder you need time to prepare! Pre-Passover sounds exhausting. It must be hard to be crumb free with small children. And you managed to bake!

    1. Your right. Preparing for Passover is exhausting. It is a scouring of the soul for its impurities. Nobody said self-improvent was easy!