Toffee-Dark Chocolate Matzo Crunch & Loving the Rainbow

Apr 6, 2012

So, my latest novel, co-written with the witty and wonderful Brendan Halpin, is nominated for a Rainbow Award.  Exciting news!

But not for someone who decided the LGBTQ subject of the novel and the award is enough to end our Facebook “friendship.”

Okay.  I wonder why this person friended me in the first place.  I love a Rainbow connection.  So I say to you, ex-friend, may you find freedom from judgement this season.  May you find the friends you need (elsewhere).  May your kids (if you have them) find love in the world with the person of their choice.  At the Passover seder tonight, our door is always open – for anyone, no matter their sexual orientation, race, or beliefs.  Even you, my friend.

And now, for something sweet!

Toffee-Dark Chocolate Matzo Crunch

It is difficult to improve upon David Lebovitz's great version of this somewhat traditional dessert, but it is possible! The addition of unsweetened coconut or cranberries or pinches of sea salt work for those who like choices. And who doesn't like the right to choose?

1 cup butter

1 cup firmly packed brown or dark brown sugar

6 sheets whole wheat matzo

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 heaping cup chocolate chips or crumbled dark chocolate

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or dried cranberries or pinches of sea salt or bits of candied ginger

Oven to 400. Spread tinfoil or parchment on baking sheets and put matzo in single layer. In heavy-bottomed pot, melt butter and sugar, stirring to combine. When sugar is melted and mixture is about to boil, remove from heat, add vanilla and stir. Drizzle mixture on matzo sheets, using the back of a spoon to spread somewhat evenly. Turn oven down to 350 and place sheets inside for 15-20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle chocolate on top. Let sit for 2 minutes and then spread with spatula (it can help to coat spatula with oil/spray). While chocolate is hot, sprinkle your topping, if any, on. Let cool and harden completely before breaking into bits and serving with coffee or ice cream or vanilla pudding.

1 comment

  1. Celia
    April 7, 2012

    Congrats on the nomination, Em, and I’m sorry about your ex-friend. The toffee crunch looks great, but I have no idea what matzo is, so I’m heading now to google for enlightenment! 🙂