Please see “Kashrut Instructions” below for how to check fresh strawberries for insect infestation.
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 6 Tablespoons packed brown sugar plus additional for the apples
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 8 thick slices Pesach angel food cake
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 12 slices
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 strawberries, diced
- 4 Tablespoons toasted pecans, chopped
- 1 cup pure maple syrup, warmed
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a wire whisk.
- Soak the angel food slices in the batter, giving it a little time to completely absorb all the liquid.
- Lightly coat the apple slices in brown sugar.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon butter in a nonstick pan and sear the apples until the sugar caramelizes. Reserve and keep warm.
- Using the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter, cook the cake slices until evenly browned on both sides. (You can use the same non-stick pan if you wish.)
- Transfer 2 slices of cake to each plate, and top with 3 slices of apple.
- Sprinkle with strawberries and pecans; serve with maple syrup.
- If the green crown is to be removed, do so carefully without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing you to wash both the inside and outside of the strawberry.
- Briefly soak berries in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Allow the berries to soak for a few minutes.
- Carefully wash off the entire surface of the strawberry.
- Gently dry each strawberry. They may be used without inspection.
- Carefully remove the green leaf of the strawberry without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing both the inside and outside of the strawberry to be washed.
- Rub the surface of each individual berry while holding it under a stream of running water. Careful attention should be paid to the area beneath the green leaf at the top of the berry.
Inspection for Long Stem Strawberries:
The beauty of highly priced long stem strawberries may be marred by contact with water and/or the removal of its green crown. We therefore recommend the following washing procedure:
- Taking an individual strawberry in hand, lift the green leafy crown at the top of the berry and, with a soft brush, e.g., soft bristle paintbrush or women’s make-up brush, brush off entire surface of strawberry.
- Each berry should be carefully inspected under strong light. Thrips may crawl into the crevices of the strawberry seeds. The entire surface area must be visually inspected. A magnifying glass can be a most helpful tool for easy identification of insects.
- If the strawberries are found to be heavily infested, the entire pallet should not be used.