Matzah Toffee Truffles , a perfect ending for Passover

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I’ve seen a lot of Passover desserts in my day. Unfortunately, many of them just don’t take the unleavened cake – they’re dry, flat, and dull. Several years ago, while teaching a Jewish holiday cooking series at my synagogue, my friend Hayley showed me a recipe that quickly become a staple in my kitchen: Matzah Toffee Crunch. At the time, I felt like I had been living under a rock, since everyone I knew had a version of the treat. Of course, their versions went by all sorts of funny names, (“matzah crack,” “Passover brittle,” the “anti-diet plan,” etc…), and they all consisted of a similar recipe involving sheets of matzah, caramel, and chocolate.

For this week’s recipe you’ll need some already-made Matzah Toffee Crunch on hand. If you haven’t tried this perfect for Passover confection yet, you’ll want to. Here are some recipes to get you started:

The Basic Matzah Toffee Crunch (and my personal favorite) via Epicurious
A version of the above with sea-salt and pistachios via HuffingtonPost

For more variations, be sure to check out this post from ZoeBakes.
TIP: Yehuda Matzos also makes a Gluten-free matzah that works with this recipe!

Although it’s hard to improve on this Passover fan favorite, I knew there was a way to really push it. As a bonafide chocoholic, the first thing that came to mind, of course, was more chocolate. Thus, the Matzah Toffee Truffle was created. In the (albeit rare) event that you find yourself with extra matzah toffee crunch lying around, use it to make these rich, indulgent chocolate truffles. The truffles are fun to make and are the perfect way to end Passover on a high note.

Click here for the full recipe.

 

 

*Note: I am working in conjunction with PJ Library on several recipes featuring Yehuda Matzos. Although I am being compensated for my recipes, my opinions expressed regarding Yehuda Matzo are honest and entirely my own.

 

 

A very merry Birthday cake!

Birthday cake

A few months ago, the hubs and I celebrated a milestone birthday of his, while his parents were visiting. As is his family’s custom, there was only one thing he wanted from me on the occasion:  Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” cake. For years, my mother-in-law has made this cake for her three boys, and even went so far as to mail them the cake when they moved to far-away places. However, when Kenny and I got married, she passed the buck to me.

Kenny and Candles

The hubs, making his birthday wish.

I’ll admit that decorating a cake is not my strength in the kitchen, but no amount of goopy, food-colored lettering can detract from the moist, rich, and fluffy goodness this cake provides. Even after dining at one of the best steak houses this fine state has to offer, decked with one of the most exquisite dessert menus around, promises of this cake send my dear husband racing home year after year.

cut the cake

Just after we dug in.

Initially, I thought the appeal of this cake was purely nostalgic to Kenny, but after tasting it, I knew I was wrong. This is the cake that turned me into a cake-lover. I sometimes make a little extra of the smooth and thick chocolate frosting separating the light layers of rich chocolate cake, because someone I know (Kenny) likes to lick the bowl.

slice of cake

Making this recipe is a piece of cake…literally.

Of course, in our house the tradition is that no one should have to bake their own birthday cake. And since we take traditions seriously, Kenny takes control of the kitchen on my birthday, so I get to indulge, as well. But as a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I’m thrilled to share that there may be more occasions to whip out this super decadent chocolate cake! Introducing the newest addition to the family, my handsome nephew, Matty.

Baby Matty

Introducing baby Matthew Neil Skobin.

 

I wonder how early is too early to let the spoiling begin.

 

Auntie Jenny

I’m one lucky Auntie.

You can find the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box, or you can follow this link.

 

 

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