Chocolate Matzah for Passover
Tonight marks the first night of Passover and is celebrated by a Passover Seder, a dinner with family and friends to retell the story of the Jews liberation from Egyptian bondage. This story is told in the Book of Exodus. Since the Jews had to flee Egypt so quickly they were not able to wait for their bread dough to rise. Later, when the dough was baked, it was Matzah. Traditionally Jews eat Matzah in place of bread during the eight days of Passover to remember this story.
In our house, we celebrate my husband’s Jewish heritage with a family Passover Seder where friends are always included. A favorite treat for us to share is Chocolate Matzah. I’ve included the recipe here for you all to enjoy. Matzah may usually be found in supermarkets around Passover time, especially in areas with large Jewish populations. Forewarning, this treat is addictive, you may end up eating the whole batch yourself!
4 – 6 Unsalted Matzohs
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Cover the bottom of the sheet with baking parchment paper – on top of the foil. This is important since the mixture becomes sticky during baking.
Line the bottom of the cookie sheet evenly with the matzah, cutting extra pieces as required to fit any spaces.
In a 3 quart, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over the matzah, covering completely.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes checking every few minutes to make sure the mixture is not burning.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with the chocolate chips. Let stand for 5 minutes then spread the melted chocolate over the matzah. While still warm break into squares or odd shapes. Chill still in the pan in the freezer until set.