Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Favorite Pesach Dessert

It does seem like everyone makes this stuff now. I have never heard of it or had it until about 10 years ago, when we were in Israel. Now I make it every year....

Matzah Candy Buttercrunch

5 boards unsalted matzo
1 cup margarine, unsalted
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
6 ounces semisweet chocolate,chopped, coarsely (or chocolate chips, these work great)

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a jellyroll pan. Line bottom of pan evenly with matzo, using what you need and cutting pieces to fit any spaces on the cookie sheet. Combine margarine and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking 3 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over matzo. Bake 15 minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure mixture is not burning. (*If it seems to be browning too quickly, remove from oven.) Remove from oven, then sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Let stand 5 minutes, then spread chocolate evenly over surface. Cool thoroughly, refrigerating if necessary to set. Break into randomly sized and shaped pieces.

Variations: one year I found coffee-flavored chocolate chips. They were delicious! Also, lots of people like nuts in this. I'm sure you could make it with white chocolate chips, if you could find them l'Pesach. I'm sure some dried fruit, fancy could be a real grown-up dessert! Also, you could leave the chocolate out entirely, I bet it would be yummy with just the caramelized sugar.

What's your favorite Pesach dessert? The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune both published some in today's paper.


Robin said...

Sounds yummy. I made something similar last year I think, but it had dried fruit and coconut in it.

This year I'm going to attempt macaroons, just because my life isn't already busy enough.

Jew Wishes/Lorri said...

This sounds delicious.

Butterscotch chips might taste good, too.

morahamy said...

Using real butter instead of margarine is actually key to the toffee part, in my opinion. Passover margarine is particularly indidious stuff. Makes it worth having a vegetarian seder!

Recipe man said...

this looks great!
i love pesach!