A sweet treat for Passover: Matzoh crack
A new spin on this dangerously delicious Passover dessert with white chocolate and spicy rose sugar. Recipe and variations below.
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5. Remove the pan from the oven, turn off the oven, and set the pan on the stove top or counter. Drop the semisweet chocolate chips over half the surface and the white chocolate chips over the other half. Slide the pan back into the warm oven for a minute. Take it out, then using a spatula, spread the melty chocolate chips evenly over the caramel. [Use a different spatula for the white chocolate chips.] Once everything is nice and spread around, immediately scatter the chopped nuts and the remaining tablespoon of sea salt over the entire surface. Then add any other flavorings you may want to use.Skip to next paragraph
Terry Boyd is the author of Blue Kitchen, a Chicago-based food blog for home cooks. His simple, eclectic cooking focuses on fresh ingredients, big flavors and a cheerful willingness to borrow ideas and techniques from all over the world. A frequent contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times, his recipes have also appeared on the Bon Appétit and Saveur websites.
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6. Set the baking sheet on a rack and let it cool completely. When the toppings are fairly set, it will help to remove the matzohs carefully from the pan and let them dry on racks.
7. Once the sheets are completely cool and set, break into pieces. To get perfect linear strips, use a serrated bread knife. Or just break and crack them into strips and chunks. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
We will be serving this stacked on serving plates. Another handsome presentation, when you succeed in cutting this into long strips, is to stand the pieces vertically in glass tumblers.
Theoretically it keeps well for a week. We are unable to confirm this statement.
Is it kosher? If you are worried whether this is a kosher for Passover dessert, please note: This recipe will be kosher for Passover if you use not just kosher products, but ingredients that are specifically kosher for Passover, and if your utensils are also specifically for that purpose. And, since this contains butter, lots of butter, the meal preceding it will have to be meatless. [Or you can use kosher margarine, to which I say eeeewwwwwwwwwwww.]
What about the chocolate? Almost every version of this recipe out there calls for semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, or, sometimes, semisweet bakers chocolate. I looked and looked for bittersweet chocolate chips and failed to find any, but during the hunt ran across white chocolate chips, a real ah ha! moment. White chocolate on this is really, really, really good.
What about the toppings? The sea salt is essential. Many versions of this use rafts of toasted sliced almonds, which make an extremely beautiful presentation. Some people like crushed peppermint, although I don’t cotton to that for this recipe. A scattering of toasted sesame seeds, coarsely ground black pepper, vanilla sugar and toasted pecans also work well.
The versions you see in Terry’s photos uses toasted, chopped hazelnuts. The white chocolate version also includes spicy rose sugar, a product we purchased from eSutras Organics, a Chicago company that focuses entirely on organic herbs, teas, spices and health and beauty products. Read more about this very nice company and its spicy rose sugar at the eSutras Organics website. The spice and rose flavor is very subtle – what comes through is the clean flavor of the cane sugar. Also, this sugar is quite pretty – you can see the pink bits of dried rose petals in the photo.
Why is matzoh perforated, anyway? The most essential tradition of Passover is to eat no bread that is leavened. Matzoh is perforated to prevent any inadvertent rising that may occur during the baking. The baker’s tool for perforating matzoh, by the way, is called a reidel.
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