Chocolate Smeared Matzos with Bling! E.A.T. #44

Timely and Easy-As-This dessert, or snack, using salted or unsalted Matzo Crackers, good dark bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate and whatever else you might have in your “quarantine” pantry to add some bling to finish them off.

Rummaging through my pantry I found pistachios, pepitas, candied ginger, dried edible rose petals, some coffee-sea salt, edible glitter, and chunky sanding sugar. There was was an orange crying out to be zested on my counter. It can be baffling what I find whenever I begin digging into my little closet pantry. It is not palatial in any sense..smaller than a wee half bath…but with a lot of constant organization it resembles a “clown car” when I start rummaging around. Most of these ingredients were little bits left in packages that I can’t toss and seem to always find a use for.

Chocolate melted and smeared….

….studded with ingredients while still melted.

After a little while chocolate will be set and matzos are ready to be broken into smaller pieces for sharing or gifting. A great combination of sweet and salty and crunch and bling! It’s so easy-as-this.

Be safe, be sweet and be kind.

Happy Passover. Happy Easter from Food on Fifth.

Dark Chocolate Smeared Matzos with Bling

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole matzo crackers, salted or unsalted ( I used unsalted as I added lots of salts to embellish)
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (you can combine the two)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1 orange zested (I used a veg peeler and then chopped the peel rather than a zester to keep the peel dry.)
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried edible flowers (Rose petals are pretty, but any edible dried flower you like will work.)
  • Various sea salts…I used a coffee-sea salt and a finely ground red-pepper-salt, but there are so many to choose from..whatever you might have..kosher salt.
  • 1 extra matzo for breaking up onto small pieces and adding as “bling”

Note: This is really just more of an idea than a “recipe”…use your imagination and your own collection of kitchen goodies to come up with any combos you or your family will enjoy. There are endless possibilities for sure.

Directions:

  1. Spread 6 matzo crackers out on a flat work surface.
  2. Gather all your “bling” ingredients together in little bowls.
  3. Melt the chocolate over low heat until totally melted and smooth.
  4. Working with one cracker at a time, spread with some of the chocolate from edge to edge all around and while chocolate is melted sprinkle with ingredients. Repeat until all crackers are smeared and embellished.
  5. Allow the chocolate to harden. Then break crackers up into pieces to eat or gift in little bags or boxes.  Store in airtight container. Edible Bling for dessert or a snack with hot tea or a cup of coffee. Enjoy.

Teresa Blackburn.       http://www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com

 

Frozen Blackberries and Ice Cream Snowballs…in Hell E.A.T.#38

Sunday, Nashville, 99 degrees hot!

We have a saying….when asked just how hot something is…we often say “hotter than hell”. Meaning, really, really, really hot. We have another saying when something is extremely odd or unlikely. We say something is “like a snowball in hell”.

The pooling of these two sayings made me think of snowballs…which made we think of ice cream…which made me want an ice cream treat because it is truly hotter than hell today in Nashville…I am pretty sure.

Vanilla Ice Cream softened,  fresh blackberries, finely chopped candied ginger is all you need.

All stirred together……

….then refrozen in a plastic box for a few hours or overnight. Scooped and formed using your hands into balls and then refrozen for a bit. They look like snowballs studded with lots of fruit and ginger. They are a bit crunchy and icy, spicy and creamy, cooling and delicious.

A little listen while you make your own snowballs. Enjoy and Chill. It’s as easy-as-that.

Frozen Blackberries and Ice Cream Snowballs in Hell

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream softened to where you can stir it
  • 1 cup of fresh blackberries (or blueberries or raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger

Directions:

  1. Stir together the softened ice cream, fresh blackberries and candied ginger until well blended. Scrape mixture into a glass or plastic box container with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Freeze for a few hours or overnight. Mixture will be very hard when you pull it out of the freezer. Let it sit on counter for at least 10 minutes before scooping.
  3. Scoop out and form into “snowballs” using your hands. Don’t worry if they are perfect. Place snow balls on a metal tray.  When all ice cream is scooped and formed into snowballs re-freeze for an hour or so before eating.

Teresa Blackburn.   http://www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com