Ready, Set, Weekend (early for "Peaster") with the Garden of Eatin'
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about two great recipes for Passover and Easter. Remember? Those recipes were savoury so I thought it was absolutely necessary to bring you something sweet for the upcoming holidays. Whether you are hosting celebrations or just being a guest, these two chocolate treats can't be beat. I think you know that I'm not crazy about matzo. The box it comes in usually tastes better than the product inside. HOLD ON. There are umpteen ways to kick up your matzo. In the many years that I have been making Passover foods for the family, I have used recipes which are tried and true. One of them is this Chocolate covered fruit and nut matzo which I found on one of Martha Stewart's video's. Her guest that day was the late Joan Rivers. They whipped up this matzo and had a whale of a time doing this together. By the way...no one can replace Joan. She will be missed and I haven't watched Fashion Police since her passing......she was the SHOW....life just won't be the same on the Red Carpet anymore. Back to the treats. What started out as a matzo making project turned into a "what am I going to do with all this leftover melted chocolate dilemma". Ding Ding! I needed an Easter gift for a dear soul who actually fixed my soles on my winter boots. Yes, it is a real treat to have someone in the family who can give your battered soles a facelift! I quickly whipped up this chocolate bark, used the same dried fruit as I did for the matzo recipe and voila...GOE Bark. So if you're stuck for something to make or bring to the Seders or Easter meals as a hostess gift.....this is a no brainer. Both recipes take a few minutes to make and it is a sure fire winner. LOOK AT IT! So darn stunning.....wrap it up and go!Chocolate, nut and dried fruit covered matzo: 11 pieces matzo (about 1 box) 11 ounces white chocolate, melted 11 ounces dark chocolate, melted 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts, - I love pistachios because the color can't be beat 1 1/2 cups dried fruit or crystallized ginger, chopped. Place matzo on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Brush one side of matzo with either the white or dark chocolate; drizzle over dark chocolate, if matzo was brushed with white chocolate, or white chocolate, if matzo was brushed with dark chocolate. Sprinkle over nuts and fruit. Transfer matzo to refrigerator until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes. Break into pieces. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated up to 1 week.thegardenofeatin Chocolate Bark: 8 oz dark chocolate 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate 1 tsp coconut oil Mixed dried fruit & nuts ( I used cranberries, pistachios and dried apricots) Melt first 3 ingredients in the microwave or a double boiler. If using microwave, heat for 30 second intervals and stir until melted and glossy. Place chocolate in a 8 x 8 baking pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Spread and top with dried fruit and nuts. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Crack and serve or wrap it up and give it to your host as a gift! See ya next week! debi @thegardenofeatin xoxo