Matzah Toffee

Hey there! Happy Passover! It is a holy week of Passover, Holy Thursday, and Easter, so I am re-posting this awesome recipe for Matza Toffee. If you need an easy recipe to bring to somewhere or something you KNOW the kids will love, then make this. You won’t be sorry!


 

matzah toffee

Happy Friday and Happy Passover, and Easter weekend.  I am thrilled that this morning I heard lots of birds chirping away…Spring is here. Finally. Yes. Win#1.

I also had a great run, despite having a fight with my GPS watch that I cannot figure out, which you may or may not give a hoot about, but I finished just as the rain started to come down… and it felt like I was having a good day again. Win #2.

And people, I am happy to tell you that I have not one, but two giveaways lined up for the next few months, and I am tha-rilled to share them with you.  Veery exciting! Win #3.

Done winning. It is officially a great day, and I am going to share what will be the downfall of a healthy diet for the rest of the week- since Passover is a week long I will be indulging in lots of Matzah, and this little treat, I like to call in “Matzah Crack” and you will know why…:

matzah toffee

I got this recipe from this version that I make in winter for Christmas, only with the Passover version, I use Matzah. Warning: It is not healthy or lowfat.  But it is homemade. Win#4?

matza

Here’s the recipe:

Matzah Toffee

Ingredients

  • 6 matzah
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • nuts for sprinkling on top (optional)

Instructions

Line a sheet pan with parchment.

Place the 6 matzah on the pan, laying flat and next to eachother like this:

Set this aside. In a medium, heavy bottomed pan, melt the butter and the sugar on a low/medium temperature until it reaches a thick, brown consistency and the two have come together. About 3 minutes.

Pour this evenly over the matzah. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula.

Place in the 400* oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, until bubbly.

Take out of the oven, and turn it off.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the matzah

And let sit in the off-oven for 3 minutes.

Take out and spread the chocolate in an even layer with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle nuts on if desired.

Cool completely and roughly break into pieces.

Notes

Adapted from AllRecipes

http://hardlyagoddess.com/matzah-toffee/

Do you say matzo? I say matzah. I also say tomayto, not tomahto.  And potayto, not patatah like some Massachusetts folks. {lol}  It’s all good to me.

matzah toffee

Have a wonderful weekend enjoying some Spring weather, and maybe your families and some Easter and Passover fun…

Need some ideas for other Passover recipes, check out my favorite blogs:

My 6 Favorite Bloggers for Passover

 

 

 

Book Review: Super Genes: Unlock the Astonish Power of Your DNA

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

I had high hopes for this book. I really respect Deepak Chopra as a thoughtful mind in the mind/body arena. I think though the last time I read a book by him it was Ageless Body, Timeless Mind…which was in 1993. So maybe I don’t remember his writing style or maybe since Super Genes was also written by Rudolph Tanzi, the writing was a giant leap for me to get over. I had to skip past the first 80 pages, which is essentially Part 1 of the book, until I could get my head around relating to any concepts the authors were trying to express.

At page 80 though, we finally got to some ideas that I can understand, and this section is Part 2 of the book.

Diet: How the “laissez-faire taken toward fast food by many Americans(p87)” is doing us more harm than we think. It’s not all about calories and fat my friends. Inflammation response in your body after eating fast food, can last 5 hours! And we have been hearing a lot about inflammation as the cause to so many of our problems. BUT they point out, we can counteract inflammatory foods by eating non-processed foods with them, and the book offers Easy Choices, Harder Choices, and Experimental Choices for people to take to try to change their diet for the better.

This Easy, Harder, Experimental Choice theme repeats itself in the book, with other topics like:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Emotions

In each there is definite scientific analysis going on, so it can get technical to slog through, but I like that they were basing their suggestions on actual studies that were done.

Finally, Part 3 of the book speaks to the title of the book: connecting the brain and body, summarizing with:

Cooperate with your body’s wisdom.
Don’t oppose your body’s wisdom.
Increase your body’s wisdom (p230).

Wisdom being knowledge from experience. Your body’s wisdom. And they go on to speak of the 9 essentials of cells and when one is out of whack, it can set your whole body out of sorts. Hmmm. Stuff to think about for sure here, and much of it is “big-head” thinking. But this chapter gets into the adaptation of our cells that can modify its DNA as it adapts to its environment (whew!).

I think the concepts are here in this book and solid and super interesting. Genetics are so fascinating as they approach our own understanding of serious diseases like Cancer or Alzheimer’s. But I teach college students how to perform research for my “day job” and this book is sort of geared toward research or a higher level of reading than a general audience. If you enjoy facts and figures and science behind your non-fiction reading, then you may enjoy this. For now I can only give it a light recommendation for an everyday read.

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

Caramel Apple Granola #FoodieExtravaganza

caramel apple granolaSeriously. Caramel Apple taste made in granola form. When you make this, you are going to love it! And…it’s healthy for you!!! Full of all kinds of good for you ingredients, you don’t have to feel bad about this Caramel Apple- you just need to make it!

It’s so easy too- Just add all the dry ingredients to a BIG bowl, so you have plenty of room to mix it all up in:

caramel apple granola

I add these yummy and crunchy apples to the mix- to be honest, I have never bought these before, but I wanted a crunchy apple not a mushy one, and I liked how convenient these pouches were:Caramel Apple Granola

Then heat up some honey, brown sugar, and oil to make a caramel-ish wet mixture, mix it with the dry ingredients, and then  spread it all in a pan and bake:

caramel apple granola

See? So easy. And my house smells awesome on this rainy day- a perfect time for this recipe!

Caramel Apple Granola

Caramel Apple Granola

Ingredients

    Dry
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 .36oz packages freeze dried apples (the crunchy kind)
  • Wet
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • *1 tsp. almond (or vanilla) extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients except the apples and mix together until totally combined.
  2. Without opening the apple bags, crush the apples with your hands. Add these to the dry mixture.
  3. In a small pot, add the wet ingredients except the extract.
  4. Heat the wet ingredients over medium heat until they simmer a bit. Continue to simmer, constantly stirring until the bubbles won't disappear and the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from the heat, and stir in the extract.
  5. Pour this over the dry ingredients, scraping the pan with a rubber spatula. Carefully mix the wet into the dry using the spatula until it is totally covered in the sugar mixture.
  6. Spread evenly on a rimmed sheet pan and bake for one hour at 325*. Using a spatula, turn the mixture every 15 minutes to make sure it all bakes evenly and browns nicely. Cook up to an additional 15 minutes if you like your granola especially crunchy. Let cool on the pan, and store in a ziplock bag or tupperware for as long as it lasts!
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You know I love my granola! My Crunchy & Hearty Granola or Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola can give you some other ideas for making my favorite snack!
Foodie Extravaganza

This recipe for Caramel Apple Granola is just one of many inspired by this month’s theme of “Caramel.” Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party where bloggers come together to create recipes using the same ingredient. The host, this month it’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, and she chose caramel recipes.  If you’re a blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can request to join on this Facebook page. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to see past recipes, you can follow our Pinterest board too.

Here  are the Caramel Recipes from this month’s inspiration:

Gooey Caramel Cake – Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests – Palatable Pastimes
Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Cake – A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Apple Granola – Hardly a Goddess
Caramel Apple Dip – Sew You Think You Can Cook
Banana Chia Pudding with Date Caramel – Caroline’s Cooking
Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream With Espresso, Caramel Sauce And Salted Almonds – Sneha’s Recipes
Fa’ausi (Samoan Coconut Caramel Bread) – Tara’s Multicultural Table