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Happy Spring Holidays

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It’s Easter weekend and Passover has started. Happy Spring Holidays to you all! For us, today is about spending time away from work, enjoying family. And enjoying family traditions. So quickly, we want to share a few with you!

Growing up, my mom usually MADE all our Easter basket candy. Amazing, right? I loved it then, but I appreciate it even more now. All my chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs were lovingly crafted by hand. Turns out, as I got older, making chocolate candies became a tradition I have enjoyed carrying on and even updating.

DH_Easter_lrBeing vegan, not all the old family candy recipes really worked. So we’ve updated them. Also threw in a few healthier ingredients, too. My peanut butter eggs  are sweetened with dates, not white sugar.  They are just as delicious and your family won’t miss a step, as dates puree into a caramel-esque creaminess. That recipe is posted on Sister Eden.  Mom also made Chocolate Nests. I switched the recipe to include granola, for extra crunch and fiber – and to give it a “nest-y” look and also use unsweetened coconut flakes, since the chocolate coating has enough sweetness for the entire candy. That recipe is features on Sister Eden as well as my vegan Crisp Rice Treats, another Easter favorite. All three of these recipes are very easy – don’t be scared by the idea of working with chocolate. They’re also great for kids to help with.

Passover is another holiday rich with traditions. We are proud to offer up our dear friend Emily’s family recipe for Haroseth this spring. In the story told by food on the Passover Seder plate, Haroseth is representative of the mortar used to build the pyramids.

DH_haroseth_lrIt is a sweet apple mash-up, soaked in wine and eaten with matzo crackers or sometimes, even as part of breakfasts during the week of Passover. Emily explained that until teaching us the recipe, she had never written it down. It was more of a method that she learned as a girl and has always known. Haroseth was (and still is) a popular dish with her two daughters, who love the balance of flavors – and perhaps the wine!

We hope you will try these great spring recipes for Easter candy and Passover Haroseth – and we wish you and yours a very happy spring holiday weekend!

Emily’s Matza Crunch Clusters

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Our friend Emily truly has a gift. She can take chocolate and make anything delicious. I know, you’re thinking – duh, it’s chocolate. But seriously, not all chefs are as masterful with chocolate as Emily. Just take her Passover treats as an example – Matza Crunch Clusters.

I’ll admit, it’s an oddity how much I like matza. Most people say that is tastes blah. Maybe I just have happy associations with it. As a girl, I grew up two blocks from a large Jewish synagogue in Penna. Next door to that was a kosher deli, and the owner, Mr. Kaplan, was always kind to me. Every time I went in, he had something tasty for me to try and it was in his deli I learned to love matza.

But I digress – Emily’s Matza Crunch is so much more than just the sum of its parts: roasted matza farfel and pecans, enrobed in rich, dark chocolate. It’s sweet and salty at once and the recipe is pretty much fool-proof, as she shared it with me. All you need to do is roast in the oven, warm chocolate in a slow cooker and stir. This is a super recipe for the family to help with!

 

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If you’d like to try Emily’s Matza Crunch Clusters, click over to the Sister Eden blog. The recipe is live there and this treat is sure to be the highlight of your Passover Seder meal.

Not celebrating Passover? Seriously, try this candy anyhow! Emily’s gift for chocolate makes it a sweet treat that anyone can love! The simplicity of the recipe combines to a luscious candy that, personally, I’d be happy to eat any time of year.

Of course, I have been known to eat plain matza all year long, too… like I said, it’s an oddity!

Happy Passover!