Matzo Meals…Desserts

For a 2nd night Seder this year, we have been invited to celebrate Passover with some good friends.  Personally I am looking forward to this, as we have not had a large Seder in quite some time.  This is great on many levels not the least of which is spending time with friends.  Well the reason for this entry is to lay down some Pesach recipes that I hope will help enlighten your views, use and appreciation for the …bread of affliction… Matzo.  This unleavened bread serves as a reminder to the haste with which our ancestors made their leave from Egypt and their bondage.  Back in these changing biblical times, Matzo was a necessary means of nourishment; however today we can use it to make just about anything.  Here are two recipes for desserts I used for tonight’s Seder.  The 1st one is not a Passover recipe but it has been modified to use matzo in place of crackers – Chocolate Breakup and the 2nd is from the Food Network’s website, Passover Page Passover Cobbler.

Please keep in mind that for full Pesach Kosher, you must ensure all ingredients are Kosher for Passover specific.

Chocolate Breakup:

  • 1 – 12oz package of semi-sweet chips
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1t Vanilla extract
  • (Non Passover 35 Saltines)
  • 3 Whole Matzo
  • 1 Stick of Butter (room temperature)
  • 1sm bag of nuts (optional) for top – walnuts/pecans/almonds

Preheat Oven to 350°.  On a large cookie sheet with sides, places the matzo (whole or broken) in a single layer covering the entire sheet.  Melt butter, vanilla and sugar over medium low heat in a small sauce pan, whisk to ensure the mix is well incorporated.  Pour the mixture over the matzo and spread evenly.  Then spread chocolate chips over again spreading evenly and place in oven for 5-7 minutes.  When the break-up comes out of the oven, using a metal spatula (easiest) spread the chips to smooth in to an icing like presentation, add nuts if desired.  Once pan has cooled considerably, place in freezer or refrigerator to completely cool (a few hours).  Once this is done, break it up and place in a plastic bag to complete the breakup job if needed.  That’s it and enjoy.

Passover Cobbler:

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  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾C sugar
  • ¼C kosher for Passover vegetable oil
  • ¾C matzo meal
  • 2T potato starch
  • 1t course kosher salt
  • 6 to 8C peeled and sliced fruit, like apples, pears, and strawberries
    • (I used about 6 medium sized Gala Apples)
  • 1/8 cup cinnamon sugar (or more if needed)

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9 by 9-inch square baking pan.  Beat eggs with sugar until well blended. Add the oil, matzo meal, potato starch and salt and blend well.  Put all the fruit in the pan and sprinkle with most of the cinnamon sugar, reserving a little for the top. Spoon the batter over the fruit, covering as much of the fruit as you can. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.  Bake until the topping is set and just turning tan, about 45 minutes. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.  Adorn with Cool Whip or a scoop of your favorite Vanilla ice cream.

Both look delicious, the breakup is fantastic (easier to taste without cutting inJ).  All in all matzo is not just for butter and brei anymore, although they are still as awesome as always.  Let me know if you have a favorite way to enjoy this flat flour delicacy; what are your family favorites and traditions?  I will leave you with a little ditty I wrote while eating my egg salad on matzo sandwich today:

(Sing to the tune of ‘Pants on the Ground’)

  • Crumbs in your beard,
  • Matzo on your shirt,
  • Looking all Jewish on Passover,
  • With your Matzo crumbs all around!

Chag Pesach Sameach, Happy Passover.


One Response to “Matzo Meals…Desserts”

  1. Chewy Says:

    Just a follow up, the Seder was wonderful. It was nice to be with new and old friends. The Passover Crumble was FANTASTIC (of course I am biased), it was a hit.

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