There are a plethora of festive Easter recipes out there. Too many, in fact.
Passover is obviously overlooked. One of the reasons being that it is far from a Hallmark type of holiday. It is more about practice, and culture.
As I grew up celebrating both sides of the fence, I wanted to share a recipe that is fun to make at home without being tawdry or tasteless.
You do not need to celebrate Passover to make these. You can certainly use regular gelatin for the s’mores. Also, feel free to customize the colors to your taste/occasion.
I have to admit, this is a mere excuse to use matzah (or matzo) bread. If you have never had matzah bread, it is like a giant cracker. I mean, why bother with a measly saltine when you can have the deluxe version? I use to hoard these things as kids.
Matzah bread is the new black.
Pop culture is beginning to catch wind of this stuff.
I need this for my phone, NOW.
Which, by the way, you can purchase a similar one here.
You will also either need Kosher gelatin or if you don’t feel like making marshmallows Manischewitz offers Kosher marshmallows.
Here is What You Need For Your Passover S’mores:
- matzah bread (in grocery stores or order here)
-2 cups of sugar
- 1 1/3 cup of corn syrup (Most brands are not Kosher, but here is a Kosher kind that you can order)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
- a couple of dashes of salt (regular or Kosher)
- cooking spray
- a mixer
- candy thermometer (trust me, worth the investment and also helpful when frying food)
*A Passover Note: the candy melts do have some milk content so be aware in terms of keeping meat and dairy separate.
To substitute for corn syrup altogether (no corn for Passover use a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar together until thick. Allow to cool.
If you are interested in learning more about matzah bread or other Manischewitz products, please visit: http://www.manischewitz.com/
If you would like perfect square pieces for your s’mores, then follow the next few steps. If not, skip ahead.
Place wet paper towels on a plate, the matzah bread on top. Cover the matzah with more paper towels.
Heat in microwave for about 20 seconds.
They will be wet enough to cut through without breaking them or forming cracks. Use a sharp knife and cut into quarters. Allow them to sit and dry off. I just left mine sit out overnight.
Once dry, melt candy melts in a microwave in 15-second spurts mixing with a spoon in between.
I decided to use a candy decorating bag- MUCH easier! You simply place candy melts inside and microwave in 10 second spurts, massaging bag in between until melted. Snip the end and pipe lines all over your matzah bread squares.
If you are not going to use a decorating bag, then use a spoon or knife and drizzle. Spooning the melts into a ziploc bag and snipping the corner off also works.
When you make marshmallows SET EVERYTHING UP BEFORE YOU BEGIN!
Measure out all of your ingredients.
Corn syrup, water (will give measurements below), vanilla extract, salt, sugar, and unflavored gelatin.
Optional: blue and purple food coloring
*There are no set colors for Passover, so I randomly chose blue (often associated with Hanukkah) and purple to compliment it
Line a small baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray
Pour 2/3 cup of water with the corn syrup, sugar, and salt into a saucepan.
Attach candy thermometer.
Pour 2/3 cup of very cold water over the 4 packs of gelatin into the bottom of your mixing bowl.
Set up your food coloring (if you will be using it), vanilla, a spatula, and cooking spray next to the mixing bowl.
1. Cook sugar mixture on medium high. When it reaches 240 degrees immediately remove from stove.
2. Turn mixer on low, slowly pour hot sugar into bowl so that it touches the bowl first before running down into the gelatin.
3.Once all of sugar mixture is poured in turn to high.
4. While beating, add in vanilla and a few drops (or toothpick swipes) of food coloring if desired.
5. Allow to set for at least 4 hours.
6. Flip onto a flat surface sprayed with cooking oil (or dusted with powdered sugar. Spray a knife with cooking oil and use that to cut into squares.
7. For best results, take top square off and heat marshmallows on bottom square in microwave or broil in oven.
I usually am good about refraining from gorging on my recipes, but I ate two of these.
(I created the two layers by splitting the recipe in half, making a blue marshmallow layer first, then the purple poured over the blue. In case you are interested.)
For next year, I should think about matzah bread’s evil cousin, the matzah ball…
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