Caramel Matzo Crunch

Happy Passover

Passover is the holiday that celebrates the Israelites' escape from Egypt, where they were slaves. With the help of 10 plagues (one of which involved the Angel of Death, who "passed over" the Jewish houses), Moses secured the release of the Jews. However, based on the whole slavery thing, the Israelites were not very trusting of the Pharaoh and worried he would change his mind so they booked it out of Egypt, not even allowing their bread to rise. God parted the Red Sea for them to escape and then let them wander through the desert for 40 years.

If you aren't Jewish, don't worry, that hasn't prevented me from celebrating Passover. And by celebrating Passover I mean eating delicious food associated with Passover and retelling the Passover story and also the story about my older brother telling the Passover story as a little kid, which ended with an epic temper tantrum from him. You have to make your own traditions.

Because the Israelites escaped with unleavened bread, during Passover one is not supposed to eat leavened bread, but instead eat matzos. And this recipe for matzo with caramel and chocolate should become a tradition for everyone, regardless of religion because it is delicious (and also unbelievably easy).

Make a layer of matzo on a pan (covered in parchment paper).
Caramelize some brown sugar in butter and pour over the matzo.
Bake in the oven until it is all crispy and bubbly and delicious.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips while still hot.  Once they melt, spread in to a layer of chocolate.  Break into squares and allow to cool.  Then eat.  Try not to eat the whole pan at once, but  I won't blame you if you do.  These things are addictive.

Caramel Matzo Crunch

4-6 unsalted matzos
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup coarsely chopped chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Line a large cookie sheet completely with foil. Cover the bottom of the sheet with baking parchment — on top of the foil. Line with matzos.
3. Melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat until the mixture boils (2-4 minutes), stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes more.
4. Pour caramel evenly over matzo. Lower oven to 350°F and place baking sheet in oven.
5. Bake for 15 minutes.
6. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate. Once chocolate has melted (about 5 min) spread chocolate evenly.
7. Break into pieces and place pan with matzo crunch in freezer until set.
From Epicurious 

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  1. Crystal just bought 5 pounds of matzo because they were the same price as 1 pound. She needs this recipe.