Sea Salt, Caramel, and Chocolate Matzoh Toffee
Got leftover matzoh? Make a decadent dessert! This buttery toffee is topped with caramel and sea salt for an irresistible treat.
I gave myself an unexpected gift over the weekend. I single tasked.
I single tasked the activity of enjoying nature.
After a busy morning of cooking followed by a walk in the woods while my spouse photographed the daffodils [all of these flower photos are his, I was just the dog wrangler--which, lemme tell you, 3 zippy leashes is HARD!] followed by errand running--I found myself sitting in the grass next to Crystal the Composting Guinea Pig.
I'd brought out with me my copy of MELT [so I could see what I needed in addition to the Humboldt Fog cheese I picked up at the store earlier], my phone [since I hadn't even checked email yet that day], and some sun tea.
While Crystal moved methodically through the clover I quickly scanned both the cookbook and the unread emails then started to play a game on the phone.
It was a gorgeous morning and all of a sudden it hit me.
I needed to put down the phone and just experience the warm sun on my prone body, the tickly grass underneath me, and the sound and feel of the breeze.
So I did.
I lay in the grass in the warm sunshine like I haven't done in probably 30 years. And when
Crystal's maid my daughter came to let us know the cage was ready, I felt refreshed.
[I'd love to say that the feeling lasted throughout the day, but if you've ever nagged a teen to write an essay for an application that they are not motivated to write, you'll understand what an inner-peace destroying experience that can be.]
As I write this, though, I'm sitting on the porch with a Wee Oliver Picklepants in my lap. His good eye is scanning the yard for pretty, but he's not budging from his comfy perch so all the birds that are enjoying the Spring are safe. I've regained a bit of that peace.
Spend sometime outdoors when you can.
Single task while you're doing it.
Give yourself that gift.
Sea Salt, Caramel, and Chocolate Matzoh Toffee (makes 6 pieces of matzoh toffee)
6 pieces of matzoh (I used egg, but any kind works)
1 stick (4 ounces) butter
1 cup brown sugar (yes, white is shown, momentary lapse of reason)
2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
7 ounces caramels (1 used ½ of a bag of wrapped Kraft caramels)
1 Tablespoon water
6 healthy pinches of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, spray with oil spray, and place matzoh on top. I could not fit all the matzoh on my baking sheet, so I made another "rimmed sheet" out of foil and put that on a cookie sheet. It worked fine.
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and let boil for a minute, then pour over prepared matzoh. Place in preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Turn off the oven, and return the sheets to the cooling oven for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate chips are shiny and softened. Spread the melted chocolate [I use an offset spatula, picked up at a craft store with a 40% off coupon] evenly across the top of the sheet.
In the same saucepan over medium heat, stir the unwrapped caramels and water until melted. Drizzle the caramel over the matzoh toffee and sprinkle each piece with a healthy pinch of sea salt. Set aside to cool. I brought some to a bake sale, with one piece of matzoh in each gallon size zip top bag.
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One for the road . . .
How many frogs can you find in this post?