Passover starts today, and with it comes a whole set of eating restrictions on top of the usual rules of keeping Kosher. At least, it does if you observe the holiday, which many people do even if they are not particularly religious to begin with. The Jewish tradition dictatates that all leavened foods (hametz) must be removed from the home and that no eating utensils should come into contact with hametz. Eating “any product that is fermented or can cause fermentation,” including wheat, rye, barley, oats, and spelt, as well as foods made with those grain, is restricted, as well.
Unleavened Matzoh is a traditional passover food and is made from water and one or more of the five grains mentioned above, each of which has been “tended from harvest through the baking process to make certain that they have no leaven in them.” Many other foods receive a particular certification as “kosher for passover” and Dannon’s All Natural Yogurt is one of them. In fact, it is the only natural yogurt to have this certification (in the US, at least). It has no artificial ingredients and comes in four kosher flavors – plain, vanilla, coffee and lemon – as well as in full, low and non-fat varieties.
Judging from the press kit, it looks like Amy, from Cooking with Amy, actually
teamed up with Dannon to come up with is the spokes person for Dannon’s new product and tested some of their inventive new recipes that use the yogurt. They include Vanilla Blintzes with Strawberry sauce and Lemon Vanilla Yogurt Walnut Passover Mini Muffins (good thing they’re small – that name is a mouthful!), but you can always stick with a flourless treat that doesn’t call for Matzoh, like flourless chocolate cake or flourless crepes.