Passover… Easter…We celebrate EVERYTHING around my house. Growing up Catholic I had a few Jewish friends. But it wasn’t until I married someone in the faith that I fell in love with Jewish food. I love learning about the history and traditions behind it. And this time of year, it’s all about matzo.
Passover is a significant holiday for Jews AND it happens to be a delicious holiday as well. A cornerstone of the Passover meal is matzo, or unleavened bread. People of the Jewish faith celebrate Passover by remembering the how their ancestors fled from Egypt. The Israelites (slaves) had to leave quickly and they didn’t have the luxury of waiting for their bread to rise. So As a way to acknowledge that important event, Jews eat unleavened bread on Passover.
Making matzo special is easy. Matzo is so perfectly plain (I mean that in a good way!) everything “goes” with it.
- Eight pieces of matzo
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 25 oz. (2 bags) of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
- 1 cup of diced dried pineapple
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1 cup of diced dried mango
- 2 cookie sheets and a pastry brush
- wax paper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Put aluminum foil on two large cookies sheets
- Break each piece of matzo into fourths and place on cookie sheets
- Melt butter in microwave (approximately 30 seconds)
- Gently brush melted butter on matzo
- Place in oven for 4 minutes and turn over, baking for 4 more minutes
- Remove matzo from oven and let it cool off
- Put chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl heat in microwave, stirring at 1-min intervals until melted
- Dip matzo into chocolate and sprinkle with dried fruit
- Lay on wax paper and let set (1-2 hours)
Passover begins at sundown on March 25th.
Full disclosure– while the matzo is kosher, the chocolate and other items I used are not.