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The Secret to a Sweet Passover: Matzo Brittle

Posted by Roberta Levine on March 31, 2017

I used to joke that I chose our synagogue because I liked the cookbook. There was some truth to that although as far as recipes go, the very best one was not in the book. Every year, some of us volunteered to do a mass bake of Matzo Brittle to sell to members, using a recipe that I believe was handed down from our rabbi’s mom’s synagogue in another town. One year, I secretly wrote out the recipe and started making this irresistible treat for my family.

Nowadays, the wonder of Matzo Brittle is not much of a secret; it’s all over the web, Google-able in a micro-second. Still, this is such a uniquely wonderful Passover treat, it’s worth sharing again and again.

This recipe is from: http://www.thekitchn.com/

Chocolate Caramel Matzo Brittle

Makes about 30 pieces of candy

4 to 5 matzo pieces (See Recipe Notes)
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Toppings, like chopped nuts, candied ginger, sea salt, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place the matzo in one layer on the baking sheet, breaking it when necessary to fill the pan completely.

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches a boil, continue to cook for an additional three minutes, still stirring, until thickened and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour over the matzo, spreading an even layer with a heat-proof spatula.

Put the pan in the oven, then immediately turn the heat down to 350°F. Bake for 15 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn. If it looks like it is starting to burn, turn heat down to 325°F. (While it is cooking, resist all urges to scrape the pan with extra pieces of matzo. You will burn yourself. Trust me.)

After 15 minutes, the toffee should have bubbled up and turned a rich golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate over the pan. Let sit for five minutes, then spread the now-melted chocolate evenly over the caramel with a spatula.

You can leave it just as is, enjoying the simplicity, or sprinkle the brittle with toppings while the chocolate is still melted.

Let the brittle cool completely, then break it into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container. Rumor has it that this will last a week stored properly, but well, I’ve never had it last long enough to test out the theory.

Recipe Notes

  • When it’s not Passover, you can use unsalted saltine crackers instead of matzo, but I prefer the flavor and texture of matzo.
  • During Passover, avoid toppings of peanuts, as many Ashkenazi Jews abstain from legumes during Passover. You can substitute margarine for the butter to make it parve or vegan. Be aware that some Jews won’t eat foods made in a non-kashered kitchen, or those made with non Kosher-for-Passover ingredients.

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