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Passover Traditions

03/26/2018 03:52:57 PM

Mar26

Allison Carter

By Allison Spitzer Carter

Every family has its own holiday traditions. One of the favorites in my family is burning making the Matzah Crack.  I learned about this delicious twist on passover food when I first moved to Atlanta, and taught religious school. My team teacher taught me to make it in a toaster oven with our 7th grade class. And it was a hit. It's always a hit. Except when burns, which is easier than it looks. 

I'm linking to a page here with the real directions for Matzah Toffee (AKA Crack because it's addictive or because you crack it apart. You decide.)
There are a ton of variations on the theme, but they all require you to use a pot to stir up the toffee first. Based on my knowledge of toaster baked matzah crack, I present to you the
easy-bake oven version of matzah crack:

Ingredients:

Soft margarine, a stick or two
A cup or so of brown sugar
A bag of chocolate chips nearby (Dark chocolate will do. Milk chocolate spreads better, IMHO.)
A box of unsalted matzah
Optional toppings: sea salt, chopped nuts, colorful sprinkles, etc.

Insructions:

1. Heat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.
2. Take out baking sheet if you left it in the oven (like I do)  before it gets hot.
3. Put parchment paper down to cover the baking sheet. (Don't use aluminum foil. Foil sticks to them, trust me.)

4. Spread out whole matzahs on your baking sheet. You can usually fit 3-4 on a big cookie tray or half of one in the toaster oven.

5. Spread soft, not melted, margarine thickly on your matzah, covering it from edge to edge.

6. Sprinkle brown sugar thickly over the butter from edge to edge.

7. Put tray in the oven, middle rack,  to get al melty for about 7-10 minutes. 

8. Take tray out of oven and with a spatula or butter knife spread the mixture around on top to mix it.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over the warm bubbly sugar and put back into the oven for 1-2 minutes to melt.

9. Take out of the oven again and use a butter knife to spread the melted chips around. If they are not melted, wait a few seconds as they continue to melt on the hot butter and spread again.

10.Sprinkle on your toppings.

11. Let cool just enough so you can place in fridge or freezer to really cool and harden.

12,Break (or crack) matzah crack into quarters or smaller and put into air tight containers.

What are your family Passover traditions? 

Hag sameach y'all

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