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Well so much for the week of Passover recipes I planned! Big blog intentions, little follow through. But this post will wrap up Passover belatedly and then onto new and exciting non holiday related recipes. Though I also wanted to make hot cross buns for Easter. I’ve never had one and the recipes I saw floating around last week looked delicious. So there may be one more belated holiday recipe coming!

This is a great kugel! You can hardly taste the matzo – it tastes more like a bread pudding. Really really good bread pudding. I think it would work really well for a brunch. The dish is sweet, but overly so. I cut down the sugar because there are 12 pages of comments about this recipe and nearly all of them suggested cutting the sugar. This recipe is why I love the internet – 12 pages of comments are awesome and really helped to fine tune this recipe.

A few notes. One comment suggested 1 cup of nuts on top. I forgot to add them, but I think walnuts would go wonderfully with this recipe. Another comment suggested adding some lemon juice and zest to the apples, which was another great idea I forgot to incorporate. If your apples (or any fruit) taste less than ideal, lemon juice and zest always perk things up. This recipe reheats very well, which is good since it would feed a small army. The recipe does call for a scary amount of eggs, but keep in mind that it serves 12. Finally, be sure to use a large bowl to mix everything together. As you can see from the photo, I did not and things came dangerously close to a kitchen disaster.

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Toffee chocolate matzo. This stuff is truly crack. Completely utterly addictive crack. Once you start eating it, I guarantee, you will not stop. This is the best Passover candy ever. And I say that as a survivor of Hebrew School Passover candy sales, where we made our parents buy awful, awful candy for some sort of fund raising purpose. Girl Scout cookies sell themselves. Passover candy does not.

The recipe is very versatile. Matzo with toffee and chocolate makes an excellent base for any number of toppings. I liked the simplicity of just adding walnuts on top, but other variations on this recipe have used crystallized ginger, almonds, peanut butter chips or sea salt. Really it is very hard to go wrong here. Even without any toppings, this stuff flies off the plate.

A few notes: Stir the toffee constantly when you are cooking it on top of the stove. Watch the toffee carefully, there is nothing grosser than burned and bitter sugar. Rinse out the pan as early as you can after pouring the toffee over the matzo to prevent the remaining toffee from permanently sticking. If you are making a meat based Seder, then you can substitute margarine for butter. If you don’t have matzo and/or want to make this a year round recipe, use saltines or graham crackers instead of matzo. Finally, allegedly this will keep for a week, but I doubt it will last long enough to test that.

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