Since many traditional recipes use flour, Passover desserts can be a bit tricky. Give yourself a break (and avoid a possible kitchen disaster) by leaving desserts to the pros. These Philadelphia-area bakeries offer a wide selection of treats made with Passover in mind. Choose from delicious options like macaroons, honey loaf, Jewish apple cake, cheesecake, Kamish bread and more. Please note that while they are all Passover-friendly, they are not necessarily prepared in Kosher for Passover kitchens. To guarantee availability of your favorite desserts, orders are recommended.
Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor
8126 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
This family-run Chestnut Hill spot has been a Philly favorite for 125 years. Offering fresh-baked pies, cookies, pastries and cakes, there are plenty of treats to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. During Passover, the bakery will have a selection of flour-free goodies including coconut and almond macaroons, matzah-crusted cheesecake topped with fresh fruit, honey nut cake in sweet syrup, loaf cakes (choose from chocolate chip, Jewish apple or honey), rich chocolate cake with a glossy chocolate glaze, and an assortment of cookies such as Kmish and jam buttons.
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Homemade Goodies by Roz
510 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The treats at Homemade Goodies by Roz are just like what you’d expect from your Jewish grandmother. That is, if your Bubbie had her own bakery in Society Hill. Roz Bratt’s baked goodies are made fresh each day, by hand and on site. The bakery is dairy free and Kosher, though not Kosher for Passover since the kitchen is not changed over for the holiday. The selection for Passover includes Jewish apple cake and brownies (plain or with nuts) sold by the tray, chocolate chip cookies, mock oatmeal cookies, lemon cookies, coconut and chocolate-dipped macaroons, matzah brittle, Kamish bread and flourless chocolate cake.
Night Kitchen Bakery
7725 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Located on the lower end of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Night Kitchen has been a Philadelphia favorite for over 30 years. Owner and chef Amy Edelman bought the bakery in 2000 and her husband (and fellow chef) John Millard came on to help her run it after they married in 2002. The baking duo offers a variety of flourless desserts for Passover including truffles, chocolate-dipped apricots and strawberries, as well as coconut and almond macaroons. These treats can be bought individually or as a 50-piece assorted tray. There will also be larger items available such as coconut-crusted tarts, matzah-crusted cheesecake, and the ever-popular flourless cake. This dense and fudgy cake is super decadent and is also offered as cupcakes.
Swiss Haus Bakery
35 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Originally known as Swiss Pastry, Swiss Haus Bakery is currently celebrating its 90-year anniversary in its Center City location. The popular Philadelphia landmark is run by pastry chef Donna Feldman (who was trained by the bakery’s original owners) and current owner Josh White. While they have both brought in their personal expertise, many of the traditional recipes have remained untouched over the years. Swiss Haus offers several flour-free pastries year-round, but you’ll find an even larger selection during Passover. Choose from items such as flourless chocolate cake, chocolate mousse cups, chocolate bon bons, honey loaf, tarts and macaroons. The plain and fruit-topped cheesecakes are always popular, but it’s the Marjolaine that’s a standout favorite. The delicious pastry consists of layers of crispy hazelnut meringue, praline and chocolate buttercream and whipped cream, and covered in a chocolate ganache. It’s available as an individual pastry but can also be ordered as a cake log to serve eight to 10 people.
Town Crier Bakery
3644 Welsh Rd.
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Previously known as a Peddler’s Village favorite in Bucks County, Town Crier Bakery recently changed locations and opened a new spot in Montgomery County in the fall of 2014. Taking over the former Dublin Bakery space, owners Kerry and Roseann Burns are thrilled to serve new and old customers alike their old-fashioned homemade goodies. During Passover, Town Crier will offer a number of sugar-free treats including honey loaf, sponge cake, marble cake, honey cake, kamish bread, bow ties and hamentash.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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