February 14, 2015

First Friday!

Here we are again, the beginning of another tax season!  Hal's First Friday request was a long time favorite Matzo Crunch, or as we lovingly call it, Matzo Crack.  This confection is deadly good and you will find yourself eating way more of it than you should!  You've been warned!

There are many variations of this recipe on the web but I use a basic four-ingredient recipe.

Matzo sheets
Brown sugar
Chocolate chips
In honor of Valentine's Day, I added sprinkles.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with foil.  On top of the foil, put a layer of baking parchment paper.  Do not skip either step or you will have a hot sticky mess on your hands later.  Both foil and parchment are essential!

Place a single layer of matzo sheets on top of the parchment, breaking matzo as needed to fill the sheet as completely as possible.

In a saucepan, heat equal parts butter and sugar.  I used one cup each for 6 matzo sheets.  Bring to boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for three minutes.  Remove from heat and pour over matzo, using a knife to spread evenly. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.  Bake matzo caramel mixture for 15 minutes until brown and bubbly.  The caramel mixture will thicken.  Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.

Remove from oven and sprinkle the top liberally with chocolate chips.  I used semi-sweet chips but you can use any type you like.  Let sit for 5 minutes to soften the chips, then spread the chocolate in a even layer over caramel.  Let cool.  Place in the freezer for a few minutes to set,   Once it is hardened, remove foil from pan.  Peel off foil, then peel off parchment paper.  Break into pieces and enjoy!

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