Tradition and food have always been very closely knitted together. All of our family traditions are intertwined with food in some way. For every event, milestone or holiday, we have a meal or a particular food that become synonymous with it. It's hard to even imagine birthdays without cake or Thanksgiving without turkey. I shutter at the thought of a cookie-less Christmas. 🤣
Today is April 15th - it's Good Friday and it's the start of Passover! People all over the world, from different faiths and communities will be celebrating with great food today. For the Jewish community, a Seder meal will mark the beginning of Passover, this evening.
There's no stronger example of the link between food and celebration than a traditional Passover feast. Jews all over the world will be celebrating tonight and sharing a traditional Seder meal. Every food that is served at this feast is intentional. Each has a significance and a purpose and guests partake in the 15 step meal as the story of Exodus is retold.
I am not Jewish and all of the Passover information that I shared with you, is new to me. I did some research on the Passover after I was asked to prepare some desserts for a traditional Seder dinner. I was so enthralled with learning about this fascinating holiday, that my investigation went far beyond recipe collection. Needless to say, I was honored to play a small role in two local Seder meals this week. And I actually got to attend my first Seder dinner this year and and it was impactful.
Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crunch
4-5 Matzo squares
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
12 ounces dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Sprinkle pecans over chocolate and allow to set.
Remove from pan using foil.
Cut into squares.
I mentioned that I made two different desserts with the Matzo crackers. The second dessert was a Chocolate Matzo Mousse Cake. I will post the recipe for that soon. If you need the recipe before it gets posted - drop me a note and I'll email to you. 😅 It's equally delicious.
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