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March 26, 2014

A Jewish homemade candy for Passover

Candy making can confound even the most careful home cook.

Luckily, Passover gives us an excuse to make a simple candy that is delicious and requires little fuss. And you don’t need to celebrate Passover to appreciate it.

Ingberlach is a traditional Jewish candy flavored with ginger and honey. It also can contain nuts and other ingredients and is reminiscent of a sticky, chewy caramel popcorn cluster. For our version, we added crumbled matzo and chopped hazelnuts, as well as a few extra spices.

All you do is boil everything for 20 minutes, then pour it onto a baking sheet. Once it is cool enough to handle, break it up and roll it into balls.

SPICED HAZELNUT INGBERLACH

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Makes 8 dozen

11/2 cups honey

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons dry ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

5 sheets (5 ounces) matzo, finely crumbled

1 cup chopped hazelnuts

Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.

In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir in the matzo and hazelnuts. Cook until golden-brown and thick, about another 10 minutes. Using a silicone spatula, spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet.

Allow to cool until easily handled, then scoop up the mixture, and, using lightly oiled hands, roll into 1/2-inch balls. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between the layers.

Nutrition information per piece: 35 calories; 5 calories from fat (12 percent of total calories); 1 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 0 g protein; 0 mg sodium.

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