chocolate walnut torte

Chocolate Walnut Torte

Food is politics.  More than ever.  So, imagine my surprise when I found this comment the other day, right here on my little ol’ blog saying:

“I love your recipe blog, but really don’t agree with your political views or comments.  Try to stay more focused on the food instead of politics. You may keep more friends that way.”

I’d never thought of being less than genuine and hiding my views as way to gain friends.  Call me naive, that’s one strategy I haven’t tried.  In terms of what I write on this site, I share my personal (which are of course political) philosophies and also enjoy hearing other people’s views, whether they agree with me or not.

So everyone, I want to thank you for your comments and all of the diverse perspectives.  I appreciate hearing your views, even if we don’t always exactly see eye to eye.

In terms of my opinions, I hope you all enjoy what I write and totally understand if you don’t.  Of course, if you are a big fan of Sara Palin then this site might not be the most comfortable place for you to hang out, given that I am pretty much a bleeding heart liberal.  And then some.  That’s not something I ever have or ever will try to hide.

Here’s yet another delicious gluten-free kosher for Passover recipe; it is based on a recipe I found on  My husband was very enthusiastic about this dessert, eating the crumbs off of the serving plate.  Just a word of caution, this moist tart can be a bit crumbly this is normal and does not mean you’ve done anything wrong.

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Chocolate Walnut Torte
  1. In a food processor, pulse the chocolate until it becomes a coarse mixture, the consistency of gravel
  2. Pulse in the walnuts, briefly, until they are coarsely chopped -bigger chunks than the chocolate
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale in color, then gradually beat in the agave
  4. In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, then beat in the salt
  5. Fold the chocolate-walnut mixture into the egg yolk mixture
  6. Then fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture
  7. Place in a well greased 9-inch springform pan
  8. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave in for 10 more minutes, until firm to the touch and golden around the edges
  9. Cool in the pan, then serve

This gluten-free flourless torte is another less expensive way to make higher-protein, lower glycemic desserts, without the expense of almond flour.  Not that I don’t love almond flour, it’s still my favorite ingredient!

I’m not sure if this torte would work with yacon, though it might be a worthy experiment.  It might also be worthwhile to experiment with other nuts, if walnuts aren’t your thing.


  1. M says

    In reference to the comment that someone left about keeping your political views to yourself and sticking to the recipes.
    Thank you Elana for being genuine. It is important to maintain who you are and naturally that will flow into what you enjoy. I appreciate having friends with different opinions than myself. What a drab world this would be if we ran edit all the time just to please and appease others.
    Thank you for speaking up and for being yourself. The world needs originals.

  2. Lisa Gibson says

    I made this today. It was delicious but the bottom was eggy. What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe using honey. I also used milk chocolate. Could that be why?

    • Elana says

      Lisa, although changing ingredients can add some great flavors to our recipes, it is worth noting that the consistency will usually turn out differently than expected. We would suggest making the torte with the recommended chocolate for best results.

  3. Deborah Chrystal says

    wow..really..someone felt the need to suggest you should moderate your beliefs to “have more friends”? Just wow…while I am also a bleeding heart liberal, I come to your site for good recipes…not to tell you how to think or waht to say! Carry on!!

  4. Jacqueline says

    Love your blog and your recipes!
    Keep up the good work.

    BTW this torte recipe is Paleo too.

    Thank you!!

  5. Kennis says

    Thank you for this recipe!! I’ve always been scared of tortes…pound cakes are my thing. I eat clean for most meals but I usually cheat with really dirty (sugar, gluten and diary) desserts. I was determined to find a dessert that would satisfy my sweet tooth and not wreak havoc on my stomach (and new way of eating). And here comes this wonderful walnut chocolate torte. I used less of the chocolate (3/4cup) and agave nectar (about 1/4 cup) than called for and this still turned out amazing. Satisfied my craving to the max. Ate it with banana “ice cream” and thought I was eating a hot brownie sundae. And the torte is super easy to make. 5 ingredients and it took me a total a maybe 15 minutes to assemble! Thank you Elena…I look forward to trying so many more of your recipes!

  6. Tara says

    One of the saddest states of affairs is that we can no longer have intelligent debates on ideas without another becoming offended. Why do we have to agree to be friends? My husband and I have different points if views on many political topics, but I still like him. ;) I understand his perspective even if I don’t agree with it.

    Not being able to tolerate differing opinions is it’s own kind of subtle hate mongering.

    • Dana says

      I can understand where the conservatives are coming from. The problem is that political views are NOT “just opinions”. They are foundational beliefs about how you see the world and how you want to live in it, and they–or actions taken based upon them–often have effects on other people. The trouble with conservatives is I’m not really seeing the negative effects of centrist (“liberal”) views that they claim to be seeing. On the other hand, I’m from the South and have seen lots of bad outcomes from conservatives being in charge of things.

      I have some friends who are conservative but they’re kind of grandfathered in and I find myself biting my tongue a lot if they talk politics. Needless to say, I am not set to follow the posts of the ones on my Facebook account. At this point I kind of don’t want to closely befriend any right-wingers anymore. Be casual, polite acquaintances, sure. We can talk TV shows or whatever. But trust them with the important stuff? Maybe not. Like, say something happened to me and someone else would have to raise my child. I would not want a right-winger doing that. Again, I’ve seen the bad results. I want none of that. Oh sure, they learned rote manners, they can behave themselves in polite company, but the minute they get the chance to really mess you up, they’re no better than anyone else in that department–and they’re the ones who most often brag about having gotten spanked and turning out “just fine”. Meanwhile I don’t spank my daughter and everyone keeps stopping me and telling me what an awesome kid she is. So you can see my dilemma.

      No, I can tolerate differing opinions just fine, but to me “differing opinions” is “what’s your favorite color” or “what food do you hate the most” or “what’s the best part of Doctor Who series three”. Nice, inconsequential, harmless things that won’t come back and bite me in the butt later. As opposed to, say, wanting abortion outlawed, which would actually kill people.

      It’s foolish to pretend otherwise.

      That said, this is Elena’s blog and she can write what she likes. If these… well… I’ll be nice… If these people want to see different opinions expressed, they can read a different blog. They can even, shockingly enough, start their own blogs and write out their own opinions. It’s an excellent intellectual exercise and I highly recommend it. You don’t even have to turn on your comments feature, if that’s a concern.

      • Teresa Dunivent says

        I took the time to read your reply,and remembered something someone said in a great speech about insults. You are lumping all conservatives in one group and basically saying they can’t raise children right. Wow! This is out of control. This is a recipe blog and while I really don’t care what Elana’s political views are or anyone else’s, as this is a free country, I surely have some wonderful friends who are conservative and have raised wonderful children allowing them their own political views which are different from their parents. Please don’t insult or lump people together is such a narrow minded fashion. Once again, thank you Elana for sharing your wonderful recipes with people from all walks of life. You are an inspiration to those who suffer from auto immune and want to be in control of their health as much as possible.

  7. Cheryl H says

    Elana, just want to say thank you so much for your wonderful blog and recipes, many of which I have found to be really wonderful and helpful for my own and family’s dietary issues. Can’t wait to try this one with hazelnuts (I’m allergic to walnuts), and just sorry I haven’t done so already before posting this comment.

    I usually prefer to wait until I’ve tried a recipe, so I can have something really useful to comment in exchange for your generosity; but today I am making an exception so that I can also thank Aaron, who left you a comment here on December 18, 2009. To Aaron, I want to also extend a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to post that beautiful and fascinating excerpt by Krishnamurti on political and religious debate. How generous of you, Aaron! May it please you to know that I also found it fascinating, wise, and enlightening.

    Many blessings to you both!

  8. Lisa says

    I made this tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Very easy and fast to whip up and bake. My husband says it’s his new favorite and some of our kids who are usually not fond of ‘visible’ nuts loved it too! Thank you.

  9. Dawn says

    Elana, I let a friend borrow all of your cookbooks (I have all of them) and we’re having friends over tomorrow. I’m so grateful for your website so I don’t have to miss out. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but looks so good. You know I happen to love Sarah Palin but what on earth does that have anything to do with coming on your website. I found your website several years ago and so love it. That’s the beauty of life, we don’t always agree with each other. What a boring life if we all believed the same. Thank you a thousand times for taking the time to do all you do so that we all can come on here. I can’t tell you how many parties I take your food too. :-)

  10. Kira says

    Funny, I always thought of food as a way of bringing everyone one together whether it be from different cultures, beliefs, religions and ethnicity.

    Personally, I’d pick a friend over politics and politicians, which regardless of the side they are on, are all criminals and liars.
    Especially a friend that loves food.

    PS: Just found your site and I do like the recipes very much.

  11. Thomasmama says

    I love your blog! It is the gift of your recipes and your presentation that has me coming here. You will in no way lose friends being who you are…..friends are friends regardless of their differences. I somehow missed your political views….or overlooked them in the joy of your sharing. I do not hold that against you. ;) Lol! ?

  12. Sarah says

    I don’t give a rip what your political views are, your recipes are amazing!! Thanks for making the gluten free life easy, healthy and delicious. :0)

  13. Andrea Walt says

    I Love the chocolate walnut torte so much! I made it for friends, and this week alone my friend has made it and I have made it again twice!!

    My question now is: can I substitute honey for agave nectar?

    Thanks for your wonderful website. I am really enjoying it.

  14. AnnaBella says

    Hi Elana, lucky for me, a Palin fan, bleeding heart liberals like you have such wonderful recipes! Thanks for doing what you do: you make my life better, one meal at a time.

  15. Annette says

    Hi! Just wanted to say I made this… and I probably shouldn’t have used the 70 per cent dark chocolate I did, this cake packed a punch in terms of flavour! Loved the texture though, and enjoyed it with tofu cream and some dulce de leche sauce to temper the intense bitterness of the chocolate :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Janis S, says

    Thanks for all the Jewish holiday recipes! Passover can be especially hard because all the traditional recipes use matza meal. My son is not gluten-free, but has a problem with matza. Do you have a good recipe for rolls so I can pack him lunch for school during Passover? Thanks again.

  17. Rachel says

    I have been waiting for ages to make this, but I finally got my hands on a food processor. This was amazing! I baked it this afternoon, and now it is GONE. Everyone loved it, and they couldn’t believe it was flourless.

    Some tips/comments about making it:
    -The first thing I did was separate the eggs. The egg whites get a chance to warm up, which makes them easier to whip. I would also forget to do it later…so if you’re like me, do it now!
    -I pulsed the chips until it looked like very coarse chocolate dirt. Pulsing the walnuts took literally 5 pulses. (I used KitchenAid)
    -The yolks did not turn pale when I beat it, and I beat it for quite a while with an electric hand mixer. I forgot to *gradually* stir in the agave as well, but it didn’t ruin the end product. I also used a bit less than 1/2 cup because my chocolate chips were 65% cacao.
    -It was my first time whipping egg whites (yay!) but I beat it to stiff peaks and it was kind of annoying trying to fold in evenly. There were still clumps of egg white in the end mixture. Might be better to beat it to soft peaks instead.
    -I did not have a springform pan, so I used a round ceramic Corningware thing. I oiled it before pouring the mixture in, but it still stuck. I also baked it at 325F for 25 minutes because ceramics have much lower heat conductivities than metals. After turning the oven off, I left it in for another 15 minutes. Even though my torte turned out really well, it did not come out easily. It did not come out at all, actually! My advice is to choose a square metal pan over a round ceramic/pyrex pan. Shape is less of a priority when a sticky pan is gonna mess up the shape anyway. If it does happen to get stuck, the best thing you can do is cut it in the pan and carefully scrape the slices out.
    -It rose quite a lot (and unevenly because I suck at folding), and had much more height than shown in this photo. Maybe I beat the eggs too much? Still delicious, and made for a fluffier torte.
    -I let it cool on the counter AND chill in the fridge before serving. When it just came out of the oven it was like a squishy marshmallow cake thing. It turned out MUCH better after letting it sit in the fridge.

    After all this, my fluffy chocolate walnut torte came out looking very much like this photo in color and texture, though mine was probably less dense. I would definitely make it again. And it’s only 5 ingredients! Thanks, Elana!

  18. Barbara says

    I made this torte a couple of days ago and love it. I gave some to my friend, who is not on a gluten free diet and she also raved about it. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  19. Phred says

    Your site, your rules… if they don’t like what you write they can GTFO!

    As you can see I’m not really afraid to speak my mind either so I’m with you!

    That and you make mega awesome recipes! :)

  20. Elissa says

    I am so glad i found this – just when I was beginning to panic about what to make for Passover this year! My niece is coming to stay – her first Passover since we were kids – and, like me she’s gluten free. She’s also vegan, which is slightly awkward around Passover, having no bread in the house (we always make eggs – what to do!?) your blog = a lifesaver. And entertainment. Thanks again

  21. Aaron says

    Hello everyone. Elana, thank you so much for this beautiful labor of love. I have been battling with myself over health issues for the majority of my life, and going gluten-free, in combination with making raw milk yogurt and cheese and making pickles and sauerkraut, I am feeling great and grateful.

    I used to embrace all manner of dialectical exercises like political or religious debate, but it later occurred to me that the exclusionary nature of belief in any outside structure or authority defies everything I understand about nature and generates a great deal of conflict.

    This blew me away when I first read it:

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    Commentaries On Living Series I
    Chapter 11 ‘Politics’

    “High up in the mountains it had been raining all day. It was not a soft, gentle rain, but one of those torrential downpours that wash out roads and uproot trees on the hillside, causing landslides and noisy streams which become quiet in a few hours. A little boy, soaked to the skin, was playing in a shallow pool and paying not the least attention to the angry and high-pitched voice of his mother. A cow was coming down the muddy road as we climbed it. The clouds seemed to open and cover the land with water. We were wet through and removed most of our clothing, and the rain was pleasant on the skin. The house was way up on the mountainside, and the town lay below. A strong wind was blowing from the west, bringing more dark and furious clouds.

    There was a fire in the room, and several people were waiting to talk things over. The rain, beating on the windows, had made a large puddle on the floor, and the water even came down the chimney, making the fire sputter.

    He was a very famous politician, realistic, intensely sincere and ardently patriotic. Neither narrow-minded nor self-seeking his ambition was not for himself, but for an idea and for the people. He was not a mere eloquent tub thumper or vote catcher; he had suffered for his cause and, strangely, was not bitter. He seemed more of a scholar than a politician. But politics was the bread of his life, and his party obeyed him, though rather nervously. He was a dreamer, but he had put all that aside for politics. His friend, the leading economist, was also there; he had intricate theories and facts concerning the distribution of enormous revenues. He seemed to be familiar with the economists of both the left and the right, and he had his own theories for the economic salvation of mankind. He talked easily, and there was no hesitation for words. Both of them had harangued huge crowds.

    Have you noticed, in newspapers and magazines, the amount of space given to politics, to the sayings of politicians and their activities? Of course, other news is given, but political news predominates; the economic and political life has become all-important. The outward circumstances – comfort, money, position and power – seem to dominate and shape our existence. The external show – the title, the garb, the salute, the flag – has become increasingly significant, and the total process of life has been forgotten or deliberately set aside. It is so much easier to throw oneself into social and political activity than to understand life as a whole; to be associated with any organized thought, with political or religious activity, offers a respectable escape from the pettiness and drudgery of everyday life. With a small heart you can talk of big things and of the popular leaders; you can hide your shallowness with the easy phrases of world affairs; your restless mind can happily and with popular encouragement settle down to propagate the ideology of a new or of an old religion.

    Politics is the reconciliation of effects; and as most of us are concerned with effects, the external has assumed dominant significance. By manipulating effects we hope to bring about order and peace; but, unfortunately, it is not as simple as all that. Life is a total process, the inner as well as the outer; the outer definitely affects the inner, but the inner invariably overcomes the outer. What you are, you bring about outwardly. The outer and the inner cannot be separated and kept in watertight compartments, for they are constantly interacting upon each other; but the inner craving, the hidden pursuits and motives, are always more powerful. Life is not dependent upon political or economic activity; life is not a mere outward show, any more than a tree is the leaf or the branch. Life is a total process whose beauty is to be discovered only in its integration. This integra- tion does not take place on the superficial level of political and economic reconciliations; it is to be found beyond causes and effects.

    Because we play with causes and effects and never go beyond them, except verbally, our lives are empty, without much significance. It is for this reason that we have become slaves to political excitement and to religious sentimentalism. There is hope only in the integration of the several processes of which we are made up. This integration does not come into being through any ideology, or through following any particular authority, religious or political; it comes into being only through extensive and deep awareness. This awareness must go into the deeper layers of consciousness and not be content with surface responses.”

  22. Rita says

    Hi Elana

    My son and I have been preparing many of your dessert recipes and when it is time to eat, we always say “Elana is a genius!” We did make your chocolate walnut torte and it turned out great. A few days later, we tried the same recipe with hazelnut flour and the result was amazing. With my son’s suggestion, we made a chocolate raspberry glaze for the torte and could not stop eating it. Thanks for the great recipes and many hours of baking fun.

  23. Sham says

    I made this on the weekend and it turned out wonderfully. I have to bake it a bit longer because the bottom was a little too moist but afterwards it was fine. Both my partner and I lov e it. Thank you!!! :)

  24. Sheryl says

    I have loved every one of your recipes so far! Aside from the almond flour chocolate chip cookies from here, I have no other chocolate in my diet – so, I’m excited to try this torte! I am so thankful for your site. After going through an intense medical crisis last Spring I am trying to rebuild my health through nutrition and supplements. The first to go were grains….And, I’m am thankful that you’re open and honest on your blog. I can’t even imagine why someone would want you to stuff yourself into a pre-approved box (subject to approval by others). Thankfully, we are living in a time of change – a time when differences are celebrated, not judged and evaluated.

  25. says

    Hi Again!

    Thanks for your wonderful and diverse comments.

    I really appreciate comments like yours Marylynn, it is so important to me that our children enjoy food and feel good at the same time.

    Julie, once you start changing ingredients (semi-sweet instead of dark chocolate) and baking equipment then you are gambling with the results.

    My family really enjoyed this cake and I’m glad to hear that so many of you did too!

  26. Rhonda says

    Hi Elena.
    Just wondering…what can a person use instead of agave nector?
    And thank you for the delicious recipies; they have been a lifesaver since I was diagnosed as celiac!!

  27. Julie says

    I made this last night. It was my first time using agave and I found it a little too sweet although my chocolate was not quite as dark as yours – semi-sweet chips were what was on hand. The bottom came out quite soggy. Could that be from using a silicone baking dish? I don’t have a springform pan.

  28. Karen says

    Again, an excellent, delicious dessert I didn’t feel bad about eating and my son, who is 16, and husband didn’t realize were gluten-free. It was easy to make – got the son to whip the egg whites which was so cool for him to see them change from goo to peaks.

    Thank you, Elena.

  29. Marylynn says

    Love your recipes, love your politics!

    You are making our GF/CF diet changes for our Aspie son much easier. Some of the recipes out there are just nutty with the number of ingredients you have to use…heaven only knows if they are good for you or not! I don’t have to worry about such things when I make your food.

    We adore your brownies and chocolate chip cookies!

  30. aimee says

    wow! i love this blog and i love your recipes and i love your optimism and the anecdotes about your kids and husband. i love the fact that this is a free country. seems to me that the people that disagree with you most are the ones that really should be reading your political commentary in the first place- isn’t that what makes the world go ’round? sheesh, i mean, wow! people! get yourselves together! PEACE

  31. ann says

    wow…. never thought the divide in this country would show up on elana’s pantry. to each their own is my motto. be respectful and listen to what others have to say. i say, way to go elana for thinking, writing and sharing!

  32. says

    I get great ideas and new recipes from this blog. But, food and politics don’t have to go together – even though they seem to, more and more.

    Most food blogs are about breaking “bread” (sorry about the pun), sharing ideas and good food. If you want to use a food blog to talk about other stuff, in moderation it seems ok, but after a while – is the blog about food, or food and politics? See this link for some guidelines on food blogging:

    Also, many food bloggers are now selling stuff, sometimes books, or kitchen wares. At that point, is it just a blog?

  33. Elyse says

    Elana– I am with you all the way on your food perspectives and was so grateful to find a food blog with a food philosophy that has helped me cultivate and better organize my own–I knew where I wanted to be, but tossing all the family recipes out and starting over seemed daunting. I just didn’t know where to start. Your recipes are a GIFT and gave me direction and hope for my crazy allergies and diet, especially the vegan and soy-free recipes. I love where you are coming from even if we don’t meet eye to eye on everything else politically. And just FYI–this Catholic especially loves your passover recipes! :) Thank you for sharing and blogging about what you love and believe!

  34. says

    To my fabulous readers, thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments. I’m so happy that we can get along whether Jewish, Christian, Republican, Democrat, Independent, political or a-political. I cherish the dialogue which wouldn’t be possible without all of you and your diverging opinions and backgrounds!

  35. says

    Don’t change a thing. What you say on your own blog is entirely up to you. Seems like you have quite enough friends not to worry about losing those who feel the need to control the thoughts of others.

    x x x

  36. Pam says

    Elana~We are a little family. We are individuals with different views on life,religion, and politics. Yet here we are, drawn together with a common need and bond, gluten free foods. Thanks to you, yummy, delicious and mouth watering ones! And as you can see, we are a very supportive bunch!
    Don’t change one bit. Your little family likes you just the way you are!
    PS~This yummy looking torte is on the menu tomorrow…It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

  37. says

    My husband had to go gluten free recently, and your site has been so helpful! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes and techniques!

    As for that commenter — really? This is your site, and you should be able to say whatever you like. People choose to visit your site, and they can choose not to if they’re offended. :)

  38. says

    Weird. I never even really picked up on your political views much. Yeah, between the lines it is easy to see what you stand for, but I don’t feel like you are preachy about it or constantly chattering about it. Did I miss something? And even if you were, the site appears to me to be first and foremost about food. I don’t even really get how someone could have a problem, but at the same time, I guess they are allowed to have their opinion.

    You know what is funny? On CeliacChicks I take the opposite stand and I have chosen not to discuss religion or politics…and that even pisses some people off, so you can’t win. Someone is always going to be offended. So, you have to make the best choice for you.

  39. Theresa Watson says

    Thanks Elena — once again you never cease to amaze me.

    Thank you for being so conscious of your readers who can’t necesarily afford the higher priced ingredients. I order the almond flour from the link on your web site in 5 lb. bags — order several at a time to save on shipping. However, it is nice to have other recipes that don’t have the almond flour.

    I made the biscotti for Easter — everyone loved them — I made a double batch so that I could have some leftovers. Had to freeze some so that I would stop eating them. I am going to try dipping one end in melted dark chocolate next time — truly decadent.

    I have pre-ordered your book and am counting the days until it is delivered. Just received an email saying that it will be coming sooner than Amazon thought. Yippee!!

    As far a politics, religion, etc. goes — do we still live in America or did something change since I went to sleep last night.

    You say what you want — it’s your blog and it’s our FREE country.

    I am a Christian, Republican who loves to hear other people’s views and am so grateful that we live in a country where we can share, learn, love and accept each other.

    Thanks for all you do — love ya,
    Theresa Watson
    Merritt Island, Florida

  40. Diane in Castle Rock, CO says

    Now for my two cents worth of opinion, Oh, I forgot that with inflation and greed led by Mr. George W. Bush and buds, my 2 cents is worth what, absolutely nothing! Elana, food and politics go together, nothing like a good political discussion over the dinner table. I am a former New Yorker Anti-defamation League political and I say to the conservatives, faith and gun lovers if you are offended over Elana’s politics and want, no demand that she just stick to food, where were you the past 10 years? A huge amount of hypocrisy, what are you going to do? Invade Boulder because you don’t like Elana’s politics – then delete her blog, simple..but hypocrisy is not…maybe you should read Sarah’s blog…I am a hockey mom and I still want to know how Sarah attended all those hockey practices and tornaments being a GUV?

    Keep those politics and GF blogs going Girl!

  41. Marsha says

    I love reading your recipes and comments…wish I had seen the one about Sarah Palin. You have every right to make comments on any topic, just as anyone else does. Don’t worry about losing friends…you’ve got a pile of them.

    My future daughter-in-law recently discovered she has celiac disease and I am trying my hardest to make some dishes she can eat and actually enjoy. You have helped a lot.

  42. Claire says

    Hi Elana –

    this is my fave blog, I was confused mightily when I saw ‘political comments’ – I have missed those completely as your delicious recipes made with so much love and warmth are the draw.
    Delighted to say I have checked at (as live in UK now) and I can get your book here too – hurrah! though I have a feeling it might be on it’s way from a friend in SanFrancisco for my birthday so will check first!

    As to what you can and can’t say – your blog, your rules. Don’t change a thing, we need more liberals who approach their lives and loves and others with the warmth, love and respect you seem to bring to everything.

    :o) Claire

  43. Linda says

    If people don’t like what you are saying Elana, then they shouldn’t read what’s here. Plain and simple. No one is being forced to come to this blog :)

  44. Luci says

    Hmm…well, I come to your site because of your recipes; I hadn’t noticed anything political. The draw for me to your site was 1) your talent, and 2) that you’re Jewish. My Lubavitch and Orthodox friends were thankful that I gave them your site, too, though I’m one of of those Born-again Christians in the Constitution Party. So – I figure that if a bunch of Lubavitch and Orthodox Jews (who call me an honorary Jew) and I, a Black American, can get along and share recipes, then we can all be gracious to one another and allow each other to be people. This dish will be perfect after our Messianic Passover Seder. Keep up the good work and next time – just ignore the comment, it’s not worth your time.

  45. says

    All your recipes look so delicious! I haven’t tried any yet, but I really want to! I’m the only one in my family who eats gluten-free, and I’m usually just happy to get something on the table. But I love baking and trying new recipes (especially ones I can eat!). Your blog makes me drool!

  46. Junecutie says

    Elana honey, Please don’t pay any attention to anyone who wants to put you down for your “political statements” or whatever. A blog is about you living your life as well as the recipes for foods you prepare for your family. A blog would have to have some of your religious views, your political views, your daily life; and your personality mixed in to be real. Anything less is fake. So keep it real, please! I loved this torte! I substituted pecans for walnuts since Hubby is not a fan of that nut. Was really tasty! Much love and many blessings.

  47. says

    I would like to catch you while you are on your chocolate kick… it is precisely my language :]
    I have a unique craving that requires creativity. I saw a piece of DARK CHOCOLATE GINGER BISCOTTI the other day and I cannot get my mind off of it… the consequences for indulging would have been too significant so I decided to pass. Since then, these 2 ingredients have taken over my BRAIN… dark chocolate dipped ginger, dark chocolate ginger biscotti, dark chocolate ginger walnut torte! At your convenience, I would love to see what you could come up with. Blessings, Courtney.

  48. Tracy Haughton says

    I am new to gluten-free life. Your blog is full of the spirit of abundance–not deprivation–that has helped me make the profound shift in my life necessitated by my gluten intolerance.

    I enjoyed your post about kale (my 11 year old daughter is also a kale fan– I saute steamed kale with pancetta and garlic then add a splash of rice vinegar–yum!) And I am especially interested in your recipes using coconut flour. There is a recipe in the Field of Greens cookbook for Ginger-Lemon muffins that I would love to adapt to be gluten free and I wonder if coconut flour would work? I would love to see your thoughts on adapting existing recipes with the various GF flours.

    As for the comment about political views–I say it is your blog and you should express whatever you like here. That said, I haven’t noticed you using this blog as a forum for politics. But if someone doesn’t like what you are writing in your blog, there are thousands of other blogs to chose from!

  49. says

    Hmm… this is called “Elana’s Pantry” isn’t it?
    Therefore, Elana, you are free to say whatever you please because this is your blog! If someone does not like it, they don’t have to read it!
    I do not recall a time you’ve done a post on your political views anyway? Oh well, I enjoy what you write and love hearing others opinions. Wouldn’t the world be a dreadfully boring place if we all agreed on everything all the time?… Yes, it would!
    Thanks for all your recipes!

  50. dee says

    What is she talking about Political!! I went back and read the past year of you blog. Probably skimmed more than read. Though I never saw mention of Sarah Palin or the election. The only political type comments if they are even political was last spring and you talked about shopping green friendly, the post for your friend about eco friendly cleaners, your CSA vegetable share. You also mentioned your op ed column for the daily camera write an op-ed column for The Daily Camera, covering political, economic and environmental issues.

    In January you mentioned the new administration education and gardening in the same topic.

    Otherwise where is the politics. Is talking about your faith politics. You talk about food in conjunction with your faith and observing your holidays, shabbat, the high holidays, purim, and recently passover. Though you also talk about cooking for Thanksgiving, Valentines and even Christmas. I find the holiday recipes and stories refreshing, especically since I also observe those holidays. You are always good about explaining and educating your other readers about the meaning of these holidays. So I hope this reader is not referring to your discussion of your religion and calling it politics.

    Keep writing and educating – education on all topics including eatting gluten free and those with dietary restrictions increases understanding of each other and prevents ignorance of all kinds.

  51. Stephanie Worth says

    Hi there! I am a 34 year old wife, mom, friend, lover of Jesus, and enjoyer of all things created. This is the very first comment I have ever posted on any blog/site EVER! I am usually quiet and reserved with my opinion, however, I must say that I LOVE this site! I check it every few days, try out recipes, read the articles and am challenged and interested in ‘chewing’ on the ‘ingredients’ for myself! Politics are opinions. We all have them. But if we are really living and growing we are not insulted but stirred on by others and our differences. It is life to grow and change and be challenged. I believe that we are designed to learn from each other in communities and families that are diverse.

  52. Stephanie says

    I would also say that I don’t think you make this blog political. If that became the point more than wonderful recipes I would probably stop reading it, but that should not be a huge deal to you, your blog you should say what you like. I do like Sarah Palin, I am a conservative, and a Christian, but I love your passover recipes and your delicious food year round :D

  53. Chay says

    I have SOOO enjoyed finding your blog and learning about almond flour and all your other wonderful alternatives to healthy eating. You have a terrific voice as a writer, cook and mother. As for your political views, YOU GO GIRL!!! It sounds to me like whoever wrote that has bigger issues than you and your opinions. Wish them luck…
    Keep it coming

  54. Margaret says

    Politics and religon used to be topics never mentioned. Accepting the subject makes us well rounded persons. Our diets are more important than ever. I have become a semi-kosher. No more pork or shellfish, etc. Thanks for everything. – Margaret

  55. chrissy says

    I dont know…I sort of view it the same as with actors and other famous people giving their political opinions – just because I dont agree, am I going to boycott their movies or books? Probably not unless they come out as Nazi’s or as someone else said KKK! LOL As a reader and avid recipe taste tester on Elana’s site… I figure, if I am entitled to believe what I believe, so is she! I dont want anyone telling me my beliefs are wrong unless they are willing to defend theirs… so I assume if someone is willing to share their beliefs, they are willing to defend them as well. I also presume it is mainly adults reading a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free blog… but perhaps I was wrong! Seriously… most of the time when I read something I dont agree with, I just do the eyebrow-raise and scroll down.
    That’s the beauty of America. We are free to read or not read, listen or not listen, speak or not speak.

    Just skip it if you dont agree… then go bake brownies.

    And this torte looks like my new Saturday project. Who needs to waste time writing a term paper when you could be baking a chocolate walnut torte?

  56. says

    The torte looks delicious!

    I am far from a bleeding heart liberal, as a matter of fact, my parents went to the same church as Sarah Palin for a while and I’m from Alaska, so I have a little soft spot for her, :) (just a little one! :) but frankly I’ve never even noticed your political views on this blog. Maybe I’ve been rushing through from the gorgeous pictures to the recipe below to pay attention. And, being from the ultra-liberal parts of California lately, maybe I’ve just become more accustomed to taking anyone’s political views with a grain of salt.

    This is your blog, and it’s primarily about food. I read it for the recipes, not the politics, and I thank you for them! Keep writing!


  57. Faux Pas says

    Love the recipes and I love Sarah Palin. Say what what you want, and so will I! Differences make the world go round. I probably will think long and hard before buying your book though, if it is at all political. I prize the recipes, but not the propaganda, since I get enough of that from the mainstream media and alphabet networks. Your recipes are terrific, and it’s lovely of you to share them with everyone. To dredge up a phrase popular in some circles during the Bush years, dissent is patriotic, and totally expected. We are not all the same, and what a boring world if we were!

  58. GloriE says

    HI Elana,

    So many of your desserts have a tablespoon of vanilla….will tossing in a bit of vanilla change the torte? PS – Griffen found the matzoh yesterday and was very happy – even though he couldn’t eat it!!! Have a great holiday!

  59. says

    Gorgeous tart. Wish I had the recipe before Passover started so I could bring it to my father’s for dessert (yeah right, like I have the time to bake this week!).

    About the blog. I like your attitude about people and their opinions. It’s your blog. Do with it what you will.

    A year ago, I was going through an ugly (at best) medical procedure and decided to write about it on my Here and There blog. Some people in my life outside the blogosphere were embarrassed that I would write about something so personal. I didn’t care what they thought because I felt that if I didn’t share my experience, someone might be missing out on the help and the hope.

    I was right. My postings on stereotactic breast biopsies are now being used by nurses to prepare their patients for what they will expect during their procedures. I even have women who come back and post their results.

    So, all that to say, more power to you. It’s YOUR blog, and YOU is 3/4 of YOUR. So there. :)

  60. julie says

    I can’t believe that comment!! Many of our mothers raised us with the saying “if you do not have anything nice to say – don’t say it”.

    I’ve been following your blog since the beginning of the year. I read food blogs because they are not just about recipes. If I want a recipe I’ll go to a cookbook or magazine or the net.

    What I like about your blog is it is personal, about your family, food, life, faith, etc. Please keep being you.

    PS: I’m not gluten free, I just like what you write

  61. says

    Looks delicious…I’m really tempted ;).
    I like the fact that the main ingredients are coarsely chopped, I bet it make the texture more interesting.
    As a blog owner, I usually keep my political and spiritual beliefs to myself (I guess it’s part of the French culture/upbringing) unless something really irritates me, then I can’t keep my mouth shut and have to let it all out!
    I also get not-so-nice comments once in a while…And have the great pleasure to delete them ;).

  62. Linda Lee says

    How I laughed at the comment by Sarah that she held on to her Faith and GUNS!!! I am so sad that George Carlin died before the Ms. Palin era came into hilarious view. The laughable stand that people take as Christians in defense of the right to bear arms is always one of my favorite jokes! Apparently Jesus was sort of kidding when he said,”Live by the sword, die by the sword.” If only we had a good pistol when he was being crucified I am sure we could have stormed the cross and killed a few heathens and all this Easter stuff and all those Hail Marys and all those other jumbles of confusion that justify denying people who see things a little differently the right to be happy could have all been done away with. AND TO THINK ALL IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN WAS A FEW GUNS!!!! Poor Jesus, I feel so sorry for him. All those peaceful words and all that kindness and he ended up with a bunch of people following him with guns and self-righteous incoherence.
    Wait, what do guns and Faith have to do with food? If you are upset with Elana’s politics how does bringing your own to the comments help? Isn’t that a little hypocritical? Oh I forgot, hypocrisy is the other great talent (besides good marksmanship) practiced by the Faithful in America.
    Elana, I love your recipes and your politics. I am bright enough to understand how profoundly they are connected. Oh and by the way …. WE WON!!!!!

  63. Jennifer says

    Yummers! Will have to give this a try, thanks.

    I love bleeding heart liberals! Your political commentary is part of what keeps me coming back to your wonderful blog, as well as the great recipes. It’s refreshing to me to see people being authentic about their views and unafraid of how it will affect the bottom line in their business.

  64. Sarah W. says

    This is your territory, say what you please. No need to pander to people. Do people forget about our right of free speech? I am not a liberal, but very conservative. Quite frankly, I don’t care what your politics are, I come here for the recipes! Thanks for such great stuff.

  65. katiebear says

    Rick Nelson told me, “You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.
    You just keep on trucking, Elana.
    Oops. Had a fall and bumped my head. Think I’m having a sixtie’s flashback. Reminds me there’s a reason the sixties and seventies were so wild. A rebellion against the rigidity of the forties and fifties.
    I live in the sub-tropics. Maybe I should protest your mentions of snow. Oh, good, something more for me to complain about. I was afraid I was going to run out!
    P.S. I also love your recipes.

  66. Laura says

    Elena – thanks so much for your website, and your offer of hope to those on gluten free or grain free or sugar free or all the above diets. I’ve passed your site on to several frustrated gluten-free friends. Your sesame cookies were a hit with me for Passover, and I’m hoping your Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes will be a hit for Easter.

    I admire your honesty, which after all follows one of the ten commandments. I also appreciate your desire to be a good steward of this planet.

    Best of luck on your book,

  67. Sarah in CA says

    I understand about politics and food. I am a polar opposite of Elana. I am one of those women that was mocked for clinging to her faith and guns. I just read about the food and dump the rest. I pre-ordered Elana’s book. Now I am wondering how much of the political bent is written in the cook book. If there is politics in the cookbook then I need to rethink about how much I really need it.

  68. says

    Hi Elana,
    I was blown away when I read that comment. You handled it much better than I would have, I guess that’s why so many admire you! Anyway, I just had to point something out to you…

    “This gluten-free flourless torte is another less expensive way to make higher-protein, lower glycemic, nut-free desserts, without the expense of almond flour.”

    I’m surprised no one else has pointed it out yet, that this recipe isn’t nut free :^) Sorry, I had to pick on you too ;)

    P.S. sorry bout all the smilies, didn’t want to come across as being mean in this post. It’s just so hard to convey true feeling online.

  69. says

    Oh, this is another lovely one, Elana! I like that you’ve been in a bit of a chocolate phase. So have I, of late. LOL

    I agree with others that freedom is one of our country’s biggest positives and it’s also true of blogs … express yourself as the commerical goes. Always, remember that something like 99% of people who follow a blog are positive and only 1% are negative, so why do we even listen? LOL The negative people will never help your blog, but the positive folks will share it far and wide. :-)


  70. Debbie says

    Oh for heaven’s sake. Oh, maybe I can’t say heaven. Anywho, say whatever you want. People can read, bake, eat, sing, leave, or fly. As long as you don’t go all KKK I’ll stay for the shear joy of your blog Elana.
    I made the chocolate chip brownies this week w walnuts. OMG (is God ok?;) de-freakin-licious!
    BTW I’ll be in Denver in July 2-7. Are you doing any classes or :) book signings? I have preordered. Or, will baseball season be in playoffs?

    • Ultrarunnergirl says

      So you’re saying the same as the other commenter basically, that political commentary that you find offensive would be a deal-breaker?

      I don’t love political commentary, but I think there is value in being forced to realize everyone doesn’t agree with you. Too many people become insular and never/rarely get another point of view. That’s a shame. The ability to be civil toward those with whom you disagree is really important.

  71. says

    Ohhh, this makes me drool with anticipation! Now I know what I am doing with those walnuts I just found in the freezer today….

    You go girl! It is your blog, say what you want and what you feel! I love that you come from the heart and that is what draws me back (along with the amazing delicious recipes I get to try and explore!)

    That one comment just gave you the moment to be your strong true self. Bless them for this and a reminder of freedom of speech.

  72. Meagan says

    Thank you so much Elana! You don’t know what you’ve done for me =) I am grateful! I’m going to try this recipe out tonight =) Meagan

  73. eva says

    Dentonista, it is a free country to say whatever you want to say and Elana is definitely entitled to do so. I also have the freedom to say that I’m extremely disappointed with the tone of this blog. I thought this would be a lovely retreat into the world of healthy cooking. We are bombarded enough with politics from the tv, radio and internet as is. Instead I’m seeing more of a political agenda. This should be reserved for another blog entitled Elana’s Views for those that want to read Elana proudly exclaiming her differences towards the likes of Sarah Palin or whomever doesn’t fit into her ideological world of liberalism. Seriously, what does Sarah Palin have to do with what’s in Elana’s pantry? I expected there would be more professionalism from Elana, especially since she’s trying to establish herself as a serious “chef”, blogger and now author. In spite of my disappointment in this blog I do wish Elana good luck with her book and wish her family well.

    • De_LaRose says

      Elana, thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I am a Vegan/GF/Organic baker myself and always love reading your blogs. Speak your mind and keep on sharing your delicious talent!

      – One proud tree hugger in Wasilla, Alaska

  74. says

    Another choice for Easter dessert. When I learned I couldn’t eat gluten, I thought the worst part was going to be giving up baked goods. You’ve helped me see that doesn’t have to be the case. Thank you for that!

    I think the important part of your first paragraph is “on My little ol’ blog”… that means you can write whatever you wish… cause it’s yours!

  75. Steven says

    Looks great, will try it soon. As for the political commentary, I’ve noticed very little in the months I’ve been here. I read for the recipes and the great comments and have never been offended. I actually do like Sara Palin, am very conservative and just can’t find anything wrong with people having a different opinion.

    Keep posting, I’ll keep reading and enjoying!

  76. Carin says

    I also love reading your comments….don’t change a thing!

    Just made your chocolate chip cookies for Passover and my kids are thrilled.

    A question for you…what kind of pan did you bake this torte in? A pie plate? Or maybe a round cake pan? The Epicurean version used a springform pan…did you use one also?


  77. Jeanne says

    I love to read your comments and your recipes. I think you have the right to say what you want in your blog. There are lots of blogs out there. If someone doesn’t like your blog, there are many other places for them to go.

  78. says

    I read your blog for the recipes, but I don’t mind personal comments — that’s the point of blogs. Bloggers are people too, and I don’t think we should feel like we have to ‘sanitize’ our blogs to please the masses. Blogs are not about making friends with as many people as possible, and they’re certainly not about being politically correct — it’s about taking something personal (like this way of eating) and sharing it, along with our own personal journeys, and perhaps finding people with commonalities along the way.

    If somebody doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to read it. And certainly, many people are not reading my blog. LOL!

  79. says

    this looks fantastic! I’m going to make it for the family Easter get-together this weekend. Might try it with pecans though, those are my favorite :)

  80. says

    sounds and looks delicious!
    also, i have to say i think you have every right to say whatever you like in your blog! by no means should you have to “please the masses” (or the minority, as it were). this is your space to create delicious food and write whatever commentary you so desire.
    keep up the great work!

    • Sandy Kingsley-Perkins says

      Well said…your blog, your right to say what you want! Keep up the great work. LOVE your recipes!

    • Chloe says

      I couldn’t agree more! I love your point of view as much as I love your fantastic recipes. You have a lovely and open heart and I hope you know how much your work is appreciated.

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