Thursday, April 1, 2010

Passover Chocolate Mandel Bread

Since you aren't supposed to eat bread on passover, it may seem strange to have a dish with the word "bread" in the name, but Mandel Bread, which is similar to biscotti, is a passover classic. It is great for dessert or as a snack during the day and despite not having any flour, it actually is fairly sturdy, and very tasty!

Passover Chocolate Mandel Bread
(2 loaves- serves a lot, make if you are bringing to a seder, use half recipe if just for you)

2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
6 eggs
2 ¾ cups matzo cake meal (very finely ground matzah)
1 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 2 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup potato starch
2 – 3 ounce bars bitter-sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces (they have KP chocolate at our Giant)

1. In mixing bowl cream sugar and room temperature butter.
2. Add eggs, one at a time beating after each addition.
3. Sift together cake meal, salt and starch.
4. Slowly fold dry ingredients into creamed mixture until combined.
5. Add chocolate and mix well.
6. Prepare two cookie sheets with foil sprayed with non-stick spray.
7. Form dough into into 2 loaves, each about 3” wide. The dough will be very sticky. Don't worry about getting it completely smooth at this point.

8. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture and pat down to smooth out.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Slice while warm into 1/2“-1” slices. Freezes well.

Difficulty: Easy-medium
Debbie's Rating: 10
Hirsh's Rating: 9.5

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