Archive for March, 2009

Chocolate Matzo Crunch

If you only make one thing for Passover, this is it. Chocolate Matzo Crunch is delicious, so easy and makes a great gift. If you decide not to make your own, not to worry, you can buy our Matzel Toff!! Gift Set, which is part of our Passover Gifts and Passover Desserts “menu.”

Recipe: Chocolate Matzo Crunch

Skill Level: Low, ok for kids 10+
Delish Level: Highest Possible

Ingredients:
6 unsalted plain matzos
8 oz. unsalted butter or margarine (2 sticks)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
Pinch of Sea Salt

Options:
-Combine milk, dark, white or combination
-Add toasted, slivered nuts of your choice such as peanuts or almonds

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375

Line 2 baking sheets (or one large) first with foil and then with parchment paper.

Arrange matzo on baking sheets so that all of the space is filled in. You can break some of the pieces in order to fill in any spaces. (as in image at left)

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Stir constantly until the contents come to a boil (2-3 minutes). Boil for another 3 minutes, still stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over matzo to completely cover it.

Immediately place baking sheet in oven and reduce the heat to 350. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on it to be sure it does not burn. You are looking for a deep golden color.

Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate and nuts (if using them). Let cool for 5 minutes, then spread chocolate and a pinch of sea salt (and nuts if using) over the matzo. The spreading need not be uniform, but there all of the matzo should be covered (as in image at right).

Before cooled, break matzo into smaller pieces; not smaller than 2 inches x 2 inches. Place cookie sheet with matzo in freezer to set, approximately 1 hour. If your freezer is not large enough, carefully place parchment paper with matzo on it, in freezer.

Remove from freezer and allow candy to become room temperature. You will need to pull apart the pieces as they may have become stuck together. Package in cello bags, in a tin or on platter. Enjoy! If you prefer not to make this yourself, order some Matzel Toff!!

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Passover Is Coming!


How can Passover be on it’s way when we just celebrated Purim?! Well, on it’s way it is and there is no stopping it. Here’s how we know its coming: we have been selling more of these little Matzo Men and Almond Kiss Tins, then I could have imagined. Speaking of the Almond Kiss Tin, we have heard through our sources that come next year, there will be no more Bartons! Yes, they are going out of business. So this is the last year to buy Almond Kiss Tin, Bartonettes and Fruit Slices–so have a field day (while supplies last).

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Check out the Chocolate Babka and Please Join In!



And now presenting, the finished, baked babka (prebaked pictures in previous post). The taste is excellent thanks to the cup of butter that is in the dough and the combination of semi sweet and white chocolate chips that are in the “schmear.” However, this is one huge babka! Next time, I will definitely make 2. Gearing up for this weeks bake. Why don’t you join me?

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Friday Babka Baking

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bake last Friday as we were happily busy with Purim orders. So I hope today’s baking will make up for it. As I am typing, I am smelling the chocolate babka that is baking in my oven. It is divine!! I am feeling pretty cocky about the outcome of this week’s baking! While it’s baking, here are a couple of shots that I think are interesting. They show how a babka is made–it’s a simple yeasted sweet dough, that I made in my bread machine. Then you roll it out and schmear (yiddish for smear) a chocolate paste that I made in my food processor (photo below left). Finally, roll it up like a jelly roll, cut it in half and bake it in a tube pan (photo above right). Stay tuned for the baked version!!

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Happy Purim!

Thanks to all of you who ordered Shalach Manot from us! We appreciate your business and are thrilled that our gifts are striking a chord with so many of you. If you missed Purim with us, here are some of the top sellers–bookmark us for next year!

We are now working feverishly to get some great new Passover products on both of our sites. By early next week, we should be “fully loaded.”

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