Sunday, March 24, 2013

Deconstructed Matza Bark

Ahhhh, yes, it's that time of year again. Passover is in the air. The smells of cranberry brisket, matzo ball soup and chocolate covered everything. And every year I find myself wondering how I can make it through a week without pasta. But an amazing thing happened. I discovered Stop and Shop sells Passover friendly pasta! As my dad reminded me, it will probably taste terrible. But, you know what? At least it's something!
Anyways, last year I remember being really disappointed that I couldn't buy anything from the many bake sales that happened at my high school during the week. But, one beautiful tuesday afternoon, I wandered down and lo and behold they were selling this amazingly delicious matzo dessert! 

Now, bark is traditionally a chocolate or caramel base with other things stirred in (like pretzel, candy canes) and chopped into pieces. A deconstructed dish is when you take some complete dish and take apart the various pieces to reuse them. So you maintain the essential ingredients of a dish and use them differently, but still together. Take a taco, for example - rather than having just the classic taco, you could fried the tortilla put the beans on the side and make a salad from the other ingredients and call it deconstructed. This is deconstructed because rather than crumbling the matzo and caramel into the bark, you use the matzo as a base and caramel as a glue.

Oven Temp - 350
Prep Time - 10 minutes
Bake Time- 15 minutes
Ready-In - 30 minutes

Another great thing? 4 ingredients!
3/4 cups butter
3/4 brown sugar
4-5 pieces of matzo
1 1/2 cups chocolate
anything else to top (I used sliced almonds and coconut)

.Begin by lining a baking sheet with tin foil. Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in sugar, whisking constantly over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes.

It will bubble lightly. Pour evenly over the matzo.

Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes,  until caramel starts to bubble.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

Chocolate should be melted by now. Gently spread with knife.

Sprinkle with any extra topping.

Let cool and then chop into bite-sized snacks! Yum!

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