Stressed Spelled Backwards With Chocolate

Have you figured it out, Beautiful People? Credit for this brilliant linguistic discovery belongs to a little cute French bistro (unfortunately not kosher) called Otentic.

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Hanging right over the counter, facing you when you walk in, is a sign STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS.  What better food idea for the Lasting Joy club February get-together than de-stressing while making this no-bake festive Purim dessert? My challenge in planning those get-together events is coming up with no cook, no bake, easy and fun to make dishes that could be tasted and enjoyed on the spot. In January, we made sushi (please click here). This one, the day before Purim, had to be Hamentaschen – what else do you do on Purim but stuff yourself with these scrumptious stuffed pastries! For the video recording of the process, you’ll have to click on It Works! at the Lasting Joy club site, but a simpler recipe you’ve never seen.

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I took my own basic recipe for Cake Pops (see here), and endeavored to fashion them into triangles. Note: instead of Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge, full of sugar, I used Smart Balance mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder. However, triangular shape alone does not Hamentaschen make! They do have to be stuffed with nuts, seeds, or fruit, or a combination thereof (to learn the reason, please go here). For this important  – and delicious! – purpose, I had minced walnuts, roasted cashews, and pre-soaked Medjool dates as fillings. Traditionally, Hamentaschen are not topped, but I use glazes and toppings even with my regular baked Hamentaschen, so for this experiment I offered a choice of shredded coconut, rainbow candy sprinkles, and, of course, mohn (poppy seeds).

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The rest is history, Beautiful People! You crumble the leftover cake (yes, you don’t have to bake one just to crumble it!) or grind cookies or graham crackers. Mix it with peanut butter and chocolate flavored Smart Balance or any non-dairy butter substitute (if you want it dairy, just use butter) to form pliable dough and flatten it on a working surface. Taste it first, though, and add a little sugar or substitute if you want it sweeter.

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Balance the proportion of peanut butter to chocolate according to your taste. As you see, this participant chose to make two of each kind. Once you flatten the dough to about 1/3 inch (less than 1 cm) thickness, cut it into squares, place your choice of fillings in the center of each square, and proceed to play a sculptor. If the dough is too soft, as substitute butters vary, mix in some more crumbs and refrigerate it for about twenty minutes. Meanwhile, listen to the story of Purim in a song.

Two cups of crumbs will get you 3 – 4 Hamentaschen, depending on size you want.  Garnish with your choice of topping and keep them refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

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These were made by the club members present and joyfully tasted right there and then! As you see, not all of them – pastries, not participants! –  came out looking triangular, but they were yummy just the same! It takes about ten minutes to make these original pastries with delicious surprise hidden inside, so impress and de-stress your family and friends with lots of chocolate joy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups crumbled leftover cake (alternatively, ground cookies or graham crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons Smart Balance or any non-dairy butter substitute (alternatively, dairy butter)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Note: increase or decrease proportion of Smart Balance to peanut butter according to taste.

  • Xylitol or sugar to taste.
  • 1/3 cup minced walnuts
  • 1/3 cup minced roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1/3 cup minced Medjool dates, pre-soaked in water
  • Shredded coconut, candy sprinkles, poppy seeds for topping

PROCEDURE

  • Mix cake or cookie crumbles with Smart Balance and peanut butter. Add xylitol or sugar to taste, if necessary. Form pliable dough.
  • Flatten dough on working surface to 1/3 inch (less than 1 cm) thickness, refrigerate for 20 minutes, if too soft and sticky.
  • Cut into 2 – 2.5 inch (5 – 6 cm) squares, place 1/2 teaspoon of your choice or combination of minced nuts and dates in center of each square. Shape into triangles or any shape desired. Sprinkle with topping of your choice.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

 

44 Comments Add yours

  1. spearfruit says:

    Your desserts certainly would relieve stress for sure Dolly!

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    1. Thank you, Gary! I am looking forward to serving them to you.

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    1. Thank you for pingback.

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  2. Nice one. Will surely try this one

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    1. Thank you so much, darling! Enjoy!

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  3. This is real proof and so enticing it looks! Might I add, all good, yummy ingredients are here… I can relax privately with this!!

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    1. Relax any which way you want, darling, and enjoy! Thank you for a lovely comment! 😻

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  4. PS says:

    It’s my kinda fav. ingredients and combo..!!! I am sure relaxing enough…Can feel it!!!!:)

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, darling! I am so glad you like it!

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  5. colonialist says:

    Oh, I do love that idea of going backwards in a stressed situation. The perfect solution, with or without chocolate.

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    1. Thank you so much for a vote of confidence, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing my post!

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  6. At last! A cake even I can master!? Wishing you a Happy Passover!

    Love,

    Anna ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna! Happy Holidays to you as well!

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  7. Hi, My Dear! Loved the your play on words in your title!!! Hope all is well with you and yours and life has come back to normal, well an adjusted normal anyway!

    Since you brought up Chocolate I thought perhaps you might “enjoy some” in my posts – Sinfully Delicious; Chocolate and Chocolate To Me!
    Chuck
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you for leading me to your delicious chocolate posts – I truly enjoyed them!
      Wonderful to hear from you, Chuck, and thank you for a lovely comment.

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      1. Ha! Not too sweet or goofy, I mean gooey? Ha!

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      2. Not goofy, not gooey, just right – excellent recipe!

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  8. Joëlle says:

    I missed this post, as many other ones… I love the idea of recycling leftover cake! Thank you, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Joelle! Always great to hear from you!

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  9. purpleslob says:

    If someone else makes the cake, then this is the one for me!! Thank you, Dolly!

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    1. Make your way down there, and I’ll make any cake you desire, my purple friend!

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      1. purpleslob says:

        Believe me, I wanna!!

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      2. So do I – would love to have you at my table! I would make all the purple dishes I can come up with, and then some more!

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  10. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the Lasting Joy club has temporarily suspended its monthly meeting, but in this post you can see how much fun we used to have. Some of you, Beuatiful People, may still remember joining our meetings online. We hope and pray that life will return to “old normal,” rather than the “new normal” sooner, rather than later.

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  11. What a delightful group, and what a lovely recipe to celebrate!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy! Yes, we had such a great time, and we all miss those get-togethers.

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      1. Soon my dear friend, soon!

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      2. G-d willing! I hope and pray!

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  12. Its looking so yummy! I am instantely becoming hungry. 🙂 Thank you for the song of “The Maccabeats”. Sounds fantastic! Will look for more of them. Michael

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    1. I love The Maccabeats – they are fabulous! Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Michael.

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      1. Thank you for featuring them. They are new to me, but really fantastic. Thank you, Dolly!

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      2. My pleasure, dear Michael!

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  13. CarolCooks2 says:

    Yes, I di know but either way chocolate wins…and with a tune…perfect 🙂 x

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    1. Of course, chocolate rules! Thank you, dear Carol!

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