Sweet Sesame Matzo Bars

 

Got leftover matzo? These easy, flavorful bars are a great way to transform them. Matzo has a wonderful blank-canvas quality and distinctive browned edges that make it an excellent candidate for dessert. Here, matzo comes together with a heap of toasted sesame seeds, sweet almond paste and honey, bits of citrus zest and a splash of vanilla. The result is a delicious and decadent treat in a casual format, with a lightweight crunch that's reminiscent of baklava. This recipe first appeared on my website, buttersugarflowers.com

What you will need

1 1/2 cups sesame seeds

10 ounces plain matzo (about 8 cups once broken, loosely packed)

14 ounces almond paste (OR 7 ounces almond paste plus 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter**)

2 medium oranges

3/4 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup honey

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

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