Passover Matzo-Layer Cake

This simple recipe, which seems to be an Israeli invention, is easy enough for a child to make and incredibly delicious.


serves 10
6 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut in pieces
6 ounces halva, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup sweet red wine
2 tablespoons potato starch
6 large matzos
sprinkles for decoration


1. Put the sugar and chocolate in a saucepan and add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

2. Add the butter or margarine, halva, and wine. Continue stirring until the mixture boils again, then remove the pan from the heat.

3. Mix the potato starch with remaining 2 tablespoons water, then stir starch into the chocolate mixture.

4. Return pan to the heat and cook over low heat, stirring until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Put one of the matzos on a platter large enough for it to lie flat. Use a metal spatula to spread a thin, even layer of the chocolate mixture over the matzo.

6. Place another matzo on top and spread it with more chocolate. Repeat with the remaining matzos, finishing with a chocolate layer.

7. Scatter sprinkles over the cake. Chill before serving, and do not eat until the following day.

8. To serve, cut the cake into small rectangles about 1 inch by 2 inches, using a long, sharp knife.

What did you think?

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posted by Linda @ 08:09PM, 9/07/09
The butter that I used made my final step a total mess, all the butter was floating at the top of the chocolate after I put the potato starch into the chocoate mix and brought it slowly to the boil. It says on he recipe: Half a cup of butter or magarine, I used a metric conversion table that indicates that half a up is 250ml cnverted into ounces is 8.79ounces that converted into grams comes to 249.192grams. Can anyone explain to me what the actual convetion is.
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