Passover is one of those holidays that is all about nuts. Since there are so many things that you can’t have, it seems like nuts are the substitute for it all. And of course, until you have someone with a nut allergy in the family, you really never notice how they pop up everywhere. Our 2 year old has a recently diagnosed tree nut allergy, (I won’t even go into how shocking it is for me to find out about this after 2 years of eating everything and anything.) Basically every cookie or Passover chocolate on the shelves is processed in a place with nuts, and it is an Easter hunt to find a chocolate that isn’t, even just a plain, dark chocolate bar.
Today, we made these little hostess gifts for our friends that we are celebrating Passover with. One thing about the way I plan recipes is that I always look for recipes that I can make with all the things that I have at home. This was a great way to spend time with my little boy and every time I turned my back, there was another chocolate mustache on his face.
You can put these next to your guests plates at your seder as a hostess gift or just offer a dessert to snack on after dinner.
The recipe was inspired by a book that I was looking at this morning called “ Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving” By Dianne Morgan when it ocurred to me that Passover is a great time to make homemade gifts. The book is beautiful and with creative recipes that you can make and give as gifts. There are fabulous ideas in it.
In the book , she used smoked salt in a chocolate bark recipe which I thought sounded like a great touch so I used this salt in my recipe.
Passover Nut-Free Chocolate Covered Matzo with Dried Apricots and Alderwood Smoked Salt
One Bag of Chocolate Chips (Milk or Dark)
A box of Matzo
Alderwood Smoked Salt ( This adds a touch of smoke without the heat. It can be found at spice shops such as World Spice Merchants or Market Spice)
1. Chop up the apricots.
2. Melt the chocolate in batches in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Mix every time, making sure that it doesn’t burn.
3. Brush or use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate on the Matzo.
4. Sprinkle the chopped Apricots on top and then the Smoked Salt.
5. Freeze until hard, break into pieces and wrap in cellophane and some string. You can definitely use pretty string but all I had was kitchen twine and it worked fine.