My family on my husband’s side observes Passover and prepare for Sedar dinner. Sedar is a special feast prepared specifically on this day to memorialize Exodus and their ancestors. Matzo or Matzah is one of the special items eaten at Sedar. Matzah – otherwise known as unleavened bread. According to the Bible, when the Israelites fled from religious persecution, they did not have time to let their bread rise. They made flat, unleavened bread instead. Therefore, Jews eat matzot. (plural form for matzah).
Matzah although filling and very versatile, tasted a bit bland and more like an unsalted cracker or Export Soda cracker (you know, the ones that come in the tin can) on these Latin taste buds. One afternoon, in the nearby grocery store, I saw chocolate covered Matzah’s and was curious to see how it tasted. To my surprise
This recipe I discovered in this month’s Woman’s Day magazine is perfect and decadent. Enjoy.
Chocolate Covered Matzo
Brushing the matzo with chocolate, instead of dipping it, lets you play around with flavors and textures. For a decadent addition, spread caramel on first; let it harden slightly, then apply the chocolate and assorted toppings.
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 squares matzo
Assorted toppings: toasted coconut, toasted sliced almonds, chopped pistachios, chopped dried fruit
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate on high, stirring every 20 seconds, until smooth, about 1 minute.
2. Working over a piece of parchment or wax paper, spread a heaping Tbsp of melted chocolate over 3⁄4 of each piece of matzo. Sprinkle with assorted toppings, if desired. Let stand until set, at least 30 minutes. Serve whole or break into pieces, as desired.
Variation for matzo crackers: Line a large baking sheet with foil. Dip the crackers in the chocolate, place on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with toppings (you should have enough chocolate for about 5 dozen matzo crackers, such as Tam Tams).
Photo: Anita Calero/Woman’s Day