Ingberlach: A Jewish homemade candy for Passover

By: ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press
April 2, 2014
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photo - This Mar. 3, 2014 photo shows spiced hazelnut ingberlach in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Mar. 3, 2014 photo shows spiced hazelnut ingberlach in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) 

Candy making can confound even the most careful home cook. Luckily, Passover provides us with 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

Makes 8 dozen

1 1/2 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.

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