When Matzah is Good

0415matzokiddishAccording to Max, six years old, matzah tastes like a cracker. Sydney, 10 years old, is a bit more dramatic—and perhaps correct—that matzah tastes like “wet paper put out to dry.” It’s true, most commercial matzah is about as tasty as the cardboard box it comes in.

Making matzah with our kids has to improve the “bread that tastes like the baker failed” (Ada, 10 years old), because at least it is a fun activity and we get to talk about Jewish experiences.

Below we’ve got a quick recipe. It has to be quick, because Jewish law tells us that we have only 18 minutes from the time the flour is first mixed with water to get it baked.

In addition to the 18-minute rule, finding the right flour is difficult. Most grains are off-limits during Passover so finding the right Kosher flour is important. And if you are o.k. following the 18-minute rule, then here is a fun recipe to make with your kids:

The JCC’s team of young cooks recommend Nutella, butter and jelly, eggs, chocolate and salmon as matzah toppings. One of our intrepid young cooks even came up with sour cream and caviar. However, you make it, enjoy and Happy Passover!

Homemade
Matzah

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups flour
1 cup water

Pre-heat the oven to 475°. Have ready baking sheets lined with parchment, a rolling pin and forks nearby.

Set a timer for 18 minutes. Start the timer and pour the water about 1 tablespoon at a time into the flour. Combine and knead until the dough comes together into a smooth ball, 1-2 minutes. If the dough sticks to your hands or the counter, add flour a teaspoon at a time until it is no longer sticky.

Cut the dough into 4-5 pieces and sprinkle the counter with flour. Working with one piece at a time, roll out the dough thinly. Transfer to a baking sheet and prick it all over, 25 times or more, to prevent the dough from puffing. Bake until crisp, 3-4 minutes.

While the first batch is baking, prepare the second batch. Continue baking until your 18 minutes are up.

Audra Martin has worked with children in the JCC field for over 17 years, she is the Director of Children and Camp at the Merage JCC. Contact Audra at audram@jccoc.org.

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