Joanne's Matzoh Brittle

a plate of Joanne's Matzoh Brittle
a plate of Joanne's Matzoh Brittle

Originally posted last Passover.  It took the year to loose the 10 lbs Joanne's Matzoh Brittle added to my 'bum' and let me tell y'all right now that I don't have implants in my derriere; much to Coco and Ice-T's chagrin and the Kardashian clan....so when I walk down the street please don't yell out "look at that fat flabby ass!".   (yes you know who you are and btw it was in the Bahamas, you putz)

Alors, it is soon time for the dreaded Matzoh to take over our kitchens.  Most of us have begun to paper up our 'everyday' pantry and pack away or shutter our everyday dishes and their cupboard doors in preparation of Passover.

matzoh

It is the one time of year I pig out on desserts; it seems to be the only way I can get satisfied and be happy that I celebrate Passover.  Actually I had fabulous news from my Optometrist (who is different than my Opthamologist who is different from my Dispensing Optician)at my 11:00 appointment yesterday.  He had a new machine for retina examinations which take a full digital picture of what is happening behind the eight ball otherwise known as my eyeball.

Being Diabetic, I go once a year and I encourage all Diabetics to do this.  Medicare does not cover eye exams but it is a necessary step in life as one ages.  In order to take the picture he had to dilate my pupils completely and so for the following 5 hours I could bear no sunlight or daylight and I looked like an Alien with glass for eyes.  No wonder I kept getting stares at the Pharmacy.   I even got scared myself when I glanced in the mirror - Wow! I have never seen an eye without dark pupils.

And let's face it; for those in the know when you smoke the funny stuff they get bigger and not smaller.

Anyhoo this is far too long but the gist is that if I had not told Dr. Rheaume I had Diabetes he would not be able to tell from the picture of the eye he saw on his screen.  It is the eye of a healthy twenty year old., so he said and since there wasn't a twenty-year old in the room I assumed he meant me.  Nope, not a sign of Diabetes anywhere and usually the Doc  says that in a healthy person there is always some slight bleeding of blood vessels; it is never as clear as mine showed to be.

PREPARED PAN FOR BRITTLE
PREPARED PAN FOR BRITTLE

That is what I have been telling my husband all the time; that he is married to a twenty year old.

Truth be told; I don't bake.  I am not a baker so when I read blogs about baking and cookie-making it is just something I cannot connect with and this is the precise reason I have healthy eyes and don't suffer any ill effects of having this disease.

LAY MATZOH TO COVER PAN
LAY MATZOH TO COVER PAN

The dog needed to pee and get some exercise and in my house that means a trek to the dog run.  In the summer we walk however in the lazy weeks till summer hits us, I drive.  Inevitably the dog park is amok with dogs and their owners and at the onset of every single holiday; be it Jewish, Christian, or Muslim we talk recipes and food.  In that vein and that subject we all have something to say.

Last year though, Joanne brought us all a nosh.  She had made 'her' Matzoh Brittle and rambled the recipe off her tongue, after all, she has been making it since she could remember.

This year is no different and I was lucky to meet up with her and get the recipe just one more time.  That, together with a reminder phone call, came a snack I will be nibbling.

BUTTER, BROWN SUGAR AND PECANS
BUTTER, BROWN SUGAR AND PECANS

I looked it up on the net and there are thousands of Matzoh Brittle recipes out there but not one is the same as Joanne's.  So, in honor of all the dogs... uhhh... I mean people out there who want to surprise their friends, neighbors and family this is the perfect way and I can so see Joanne's Matzoh Brittle packaged as a gift for the Hostess of this year's Seder, for the kids to take home and for just a general nosh while watching The Amazing Race.

CARAMEL SOFTENING STAGE
CARAMEL SOFTENING STAGE
POURED CARAMEL ON MATZOH
POURED CARAMEL ON MATZOH
SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE AND SLIVERED ALMONDS
SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE AND SLIVERED ALMONDS
CHOCOLATE CHIPS SPRINKLED ON
CHOCOLATE CHIPS SPRINKLED ON
SMEAR AS THE CHOCOLATE SOFTENS FROM THE HEAT OUT OF THE OVEN
SMEAR AS THE CHOCOLATE SOFTENS FROM THE HEAT OUT OF THE OVEN
ADD SLIVERED ALMONDS AND FREEZE
ADD SLIVERED ALMONDS AND FREEZE

Thanks Joanne; and for all my readers I give to you the ultimate of Brittle's...

Joanne's Matzoh Brittle

1 cup of unsalted Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar

1-1 1/2 cups whole salted Pecans (Joanne says she uses a lot because who doesn't like Pecans?)-obviously I used Cashews...

sheets of Matzoth to line pan
1/4-1/2 cup sliced Almonds
1/2 cup of Semi-sweet Chocolate chips or broken chocolate bar

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a sheet pan with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Line full sheets of matzoh until the sheet pan is covered and it is okay to break the matzoh to fill in gaps.

Place the butter, brown sugar and pecans in a pot and over medium heat bring to a slight boil/simmer.  It creates a caramel sauce.  Carefully continue to stir this mixture for another 3 minutes until butterscotch in color.

Carefully pour the mixture over the matzoh.  Remember it is hot and can burn.
With a spatula or the back of a spoon spread the caramel mixture over the matzoh.

Place in the oven at 350 for 7 minutes and take out.  Immediately place the semi-sweet chocolate over the hot matzoh and as it begins to melt spread it to cover the entire matzoh tray.  Sprinkle the sliced or chopped Almonds and place in the freezer when at room temperature.  Freeze for 1 hour or longer until it can crack.

Once cooled break it into pieces and serve.

OKAY THIS IS NOT FUNNY I CANNOT STOP EATING THIS BRITTLE: I NEED INTERVENTION ....

Between the first and second picture who can find the missing piece?
Between the first and second picture who can find the missing piece?

(what is it about salt and chocolate that is so addictive?)

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