Finding that ideal end-of-the-meal matzo or macaroon or babka or loaf to serve at your seder dinner, or to present to the host as you arrive at the door, is part of the sweet springtime search.
Several Southern California bakeries and restaurants lend some love to that search via a vibrant array of desserts, some traditional, some not so much. But if you prefer chocolate, or fruit, or a decadent treat that's based around a luscious breadstuff, you can find it at a local eatery.
Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 22. Best stop by one of the following, or your favorite neighborhood bakery, before arriving at the seder dinner.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Schwartz Bakery: So many scrumptious cakes to decide upon, and so many snapshots to ponder. The bakery, which has five locations, has been serving Angelenos for over 60 years. So, what sort of cake will you with for your dinner? Chocolate, or vanilla, or something with a flourish of frosting or fruit? Start perusing the pretty plates.
Eilat Bakery: This longtime go-to for gorgeous and delicious delectables has a full Passover-ready menu to peruse, from walnut macaroons to honey loaf cakes to mandel bread to several strips (think linzer, mocha, tiramisu). Visit the two Pico locations and go deeper into the dessert choices.
Delice Bakery: Delice, called the "fine French kosher bakery," is also on Pico and also boasts a plethora of yummy desserts. Gaze upon the almond cherry cookies, the black & white cookies, and the variety of fruit tarts. Want to see all, including photos? Daydream over your dessert now.
Taste of Melrose: Chef Brian Sheard is creating a host of kosher goodies for the 2016 holiday, including matzo ball soup to an apple and pomegranate salad. If you're a budino buff, ask about the chocolate budino, which includes "coconut milk, fresh berries, and meringue kisses."
Valerie Confections: Chocolate plus matzo is, to many eyes (and palates), the ultimate pairing. The richness of the confection sings alongside the flavor and consistency of the unleavened flatbread, something that this sweet-maker is doing via chocolate-dipped matzo.
Huckleberry Bakery & Café: But does a candy-lovely matzo pair well with macaroons? The two classics are often seen side-by-side on holiday tables come Passover. Make for this Santa Monica stop for both traditional and chocolate macaroons, or pick the eatery's take on an upside down cake, a dessert flush with apple and honey.