Temple Beth Elohim College Connection
Food Editor's note:
This is the winner of the Passover 2004 ShalomBoston.com Recipe Contest! Sandy Goldstein initiated the College Connection Program at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, to keep college students connected to the temple and to the holidays while they are away from home. Holiday care packages are sent, including one for Passover. Sandy reports that the granola "is one of our College Connection favorites that we have made for nine years! I pass out the recipe at the communal cooking session and it seems like everyone goes home and makes a batch for themselves! No one seems to know how long it lasts since it disappears so very quickly!" Reports fellow TBE member Amy Gorin: "This granola, of course, is the highlight and much appreciated by all who are on the receiving end. It is great for breakfast with milk, or for snacking right out of the container! We don't know how we came to be in possession of this wonderful Passover treat, but all who taste it are hooked!" You will be too! I wasn't expecting it, but the results were good enough to totally throw me off my Atkins-style diet! The ShalomBoston.com staff kept munching too! You really can't tell that matzah is the main ingredient - in fact, this is one Passover recipe you may want to make all year round! You can tinker with the ingredients - Amy suggests adding about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture before cooking; Sandy comments that dried cranberries would be a nice alternative to raisins. Be sure to grease the baking sheets, foil-lined or non-stick, and cleanup will be a breeze. Honey burns quickly, so check and turn the granola frequently. I did this every 5 minutes, more towards the end. Enjoy!
4 cups matzah farfel
1/2 cups chopped nuts (I use walnuts and almonds; you can use more, if desired)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil (cottonseed oil for Passover)
1/2 cup raisins (you can use more, if desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix farfel, nuts and coconut in a bowl. Add honey and oil, mix well. Spread mixture in a single layer on greased non-stick baking sheets or heavy-duty foil-lined baking sheets. Bake 15-20 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Remove from oven and add raisins. (Or, you can add the raisins towards the end of the baking time to have them cook a bit.) Mix well. Cool and store in an airtight container.
Sandy Goldstein and Amy Gorin are active members of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. TBE is a reform congregation serving Wellesley, Weston, Natick, Needham, Newton, and surrounding areas. Visit the temple's web site at http://www.bethelohim-wellesley.org.