About the Parsha
In Matot the tribes of Reuven and Gad ask that they be allowed to settle on the land to the east of Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) rather than inside the Land. Their reasoning was that there is better pasture for their sheep and cattle on the other side of the river. This request is granted to Reuven, Gad, and half the tribe of Menashe.
About the Dessert
This dessert represents the pastures across the border from Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) where the sheep can graze.
A rectangular cake is covered in chocolate ganache (recipe here).
In a bowl, mix a drop of green food coloring gel into 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
While the ganache is still wet, cover 2/3 of the cake with the green coconut “grass.”
To make the sheep:
Roll marshmallows in melted white chocolate.
Roll these in shredded coconut.
Break 2 straight pretzels in half (for a total of 4 “legs”).
Poke the legs in one side of the marshmallow, creating 4 legs for the sheep to stand upon.
Allow to dry.
Make the heads by piping melted chocolate (on parchment paper) in the shape of the sheep head. Use white chocolate to pipe the eyes.
When hardened, stick each head to each marshmallow using a dab of melted chocolate.
Place the sheep on the grassy side of the border.