Pesach (Passover) Brownies

I really like to use extra virgin coconut oil for these brownies. Extra virgin coconut oil gives the brownies a delicious coconutty taste and has lots of good for you medium chain fatty acids. I called the OU and was told that any extra virgin coconut oil can be used for Pesach (like extra virgin olive oil). You may need to gently warm the coconut oil up so that it's liquidy but it often liquefies by just sitting in a warm kitchen or cabinet. Do not use cotton seed oil because it is totally toxic (full of pesticides!)l. It will also give these brownies an off tatse.

I will also be using demerara sugar. Demerara sugar is less processed than white or brown sugar (although during the rest of the year I use sucanat which is even less processed.) You can find either Florida Crystals demerara sugar or Domino demarara sugar with an OKP on it.

3 cups sugar.
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup matzoh cake meal
Vegetable oil for greasing the pan
Potato starch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan with oil and lightly flour with potato starch. Combine the sugar with the oil. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the mixture. Then mix in the vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and cake meal. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.


Sounds yummy (and rich). I'm curious what you pay for the oil.I'll have to look around for it.
Unfortunetly it is expensive. I pay about $13 for 16 ounces in New York. Since these brownies are so rich my recipe makes about 30 pieces. I generally get 3 desserts per pan. It's still comes out to be cheaper than anything store bought and the coconut oil is so good for you.
Cindy said…
This sounds like a delicious recipe. Its always nice to to be given more ideas of what to make over Pesach for the kids.
Debbie said…
Sounds delicious. I don't think I'll be baking this Pesach - actually, I know I won't, since I don't know the first thing about kashering my oven. Maybe as a post-pesach snack...
thank you for the recipe! the coconut oil sounds divine. amazing how many delish pesach dessert recipes there are, right?!

It's not to difficult to kasher your oven. All you need to do is not use it for 24 hours and then clean it. If you have a self cleaning oven it's really easy if you don't well it's not that hard! By the way this recipe is also my all year round brownie recipe. I just use regular flour instead of cake meal.

Debbie said…
That does sound easy (well, except the cleaning part, but I need to do that regardless of Pesach, right). I'll keep it in mind for next year, thanks! We're spending most of the holiday at my in-laws this year, so I'm just going to do without the two days I'll be at home.
Orthonomics said…
I wish I never saw this posting. :)

My kids accused me of bringing chometz to the table and everyone enjoyed more than their fair share. I'm making them again in a few minutes. Oil isn't overpriced here. I also added walnuts. Yum, yum.

So glad you like the recipe! Did you use coconut oil? If you did how much is it in your neck of the woods?
Orthonomics said…
I used regular vegetable oil. My preferred oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but not for baking.

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