Caramel Chocolate Matzo Brittle: A Serious Hit on the Passover Dessert Table

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Desserts are a challenge during the Passover holiday. Why? Wheat flour isn’t permitted and also most guests don’t have room for a big dessert. I have made flourless chocolate tortes, meringues topped with lemon curd and almond olive oil cakes that sit idle at the table. This is a serious hit on my Passover table year in and year out. I like to make this up ahead and keep refrigerated until serving. You can even freeze it if you have any left over. When I came across the recipe idea many years ago I thought this is the perfect way to enjoy a sweet without it being too heavy. I break the matzo apart into shards or use a serrated knife to cut into pieces so that everyone can have as much as they want or just a taste. I like to accompany this with a bowl of beautiful fresh strawberries that celebrate the spring season. I find that having the ingredients organized in small bowls is a big help in putting these sweet gems together. I use an offset metal spatula to help spread the caramel and chocolate quickly. Another Seriously Simple tip is to use disposable aluminum baking sheets for easy clean up. You can double this recipe but you will have to make the caramel in two different batches. I have also given this as a gift when I am going to someone’s home for Passover. Look for food safe clear cellophane and wrap it with a pretty ribbon.

 

Makes 4 sheets

 

6 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 sheets matzo

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup toasted almonds

1/3 cup toffee bits

 

  1. Set the oven at 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. (I prefer to use 2 disposable baking sheets and place on top of the cookie sheets since it is so messy). Place two matzos on each baking sheet.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter or margarine. Add the sugar and stir well. (If the heat is too high the mixture will burn.) Simmer for about 3 minutes, making sure to whisk constantly so the mixture blends well, or until it becomes a thick caramel-like mixture. Remove from the burner.
  3. Working quickly so that the caramel doesn’t harden, divide the caramel mixture among the sheets of matzo using a metal spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the entire surface of each matzo.
  4. Return to the oven and bake the matzos for about 5 minutes or until the topping is bubbly and brown. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  5. Remove the sheets from the oven and immediately sprinkle each evenly the chocolate chips. Place the matzo back in the oven for about 2 more minutes or until the chocolate is just melted. Remove from the oven and spread the chocolate evenly over each piece with a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with the almonds and toffee bits.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Break into pieces or cut into strips and arrange on a serving platter. This can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. It can also be frozen.

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