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How to make homemade unleavened bread for Passover and the feast of Matzah.

How to make homemade unleavened bread for Passover and the feast of Matzah.

Store bought matzah is generally always like a giant saltine cracker – thin and crunchy. But there’s no rule that says it has to be.

It can also be soft and tender. That’s what I am sharing with you today.

What is Unleavened Bread?

Unleavened bread, also known as Matzah/Matza/Matzo is just as it sounds: bread with no leavening. (It is spelled many ways, depending upon what culture is typing it out, or where you are reading it.)

In the bible, the feast that begins at Passover is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or simply Matzah.

Most often when people are keeping the feast, they will purchase store-bought matzah. I have done that many times myself.

Easy Matzo Pizza

One of my favorite store-bought versions is actually a gluten-free version.

Throughout the feast of Matzah, I will make all sorts of recipes with this giant, cracker-like bread. Things like Matz’n Cheese Casserole, Easy Matzo Pizza, or Matzo Bark Candy (also called “matzah crack”)

This delicious treat is called by many names: Matzo Bark, Matzo Candy or Matzo Crack...because you just can't stop eating it!
Matzo Candy

But depending upon where you live, matzah can be hard to source. If you find yourself in that situation, you can make your own!

Is it Kosher?

Now before I get into the recipe, I do want to mention that there are many “rabbinical laws” about what is and is not kosher. I am not an orthodox Jew, I do not keep rabbinical law. So this recipe wouldn’t be considered “kosher” under those rules.

However, the bible does not specify what flour to use, what ingredients must (or must not) be in it, with the one exception being: leaven. It also doesn’t say how quickly the bread has to be made (under 18 minutes according rabbinical “laws.”)

Click Here to see my Gluten Free Matzah recipe

Biblically speaking, leaven would have been sourdough starter or wild yeast.

Today, unleavened bread is made without yeast, but also without our modern leavening ingredients of baking soda or baking powder.

There are many ways of making an unleavened bread. This is one of those many ways.

So is this kosher?

Rabbinically – no…Biblicallyyes!

To Make This Recipe You Will Need:

  • all purpose flour
  • butter
  • water
  • salt
  • mixing bowl
  • rolling pin
  • cast iron skillet

To begin, combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

unleavened bread ingredients in a bowl

Mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated. You can use an electric mixer with dough hook if you like. (I find that the easiest.)

unleavened bread dough

Form the dough into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Divide the dough into portions , slightly larger than a golf ball. This will make 8 – 10 pieces, depending upon how you cut them.

unleavened bread dough cut into sections

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, using your rolling pin or a tortilla press.

Preheat an un-oiled cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.

Place your first piece of matzah on the hot skillet and let it sit for a minute or so, until the bread is lightly golden in spots and slightly puffs up.

Turn it over and cook on the other side until it is cooked through, about another minute.

unleavened bread cooking on a cast iron griddle

Repeat with all of the dough.

You can serve the unleavened bread/matzah warm, or cool it on a rack to serve later.

homemade unleavened bread on a cooling rack

Store the matzah/unleavened bread in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

How to make homemade unleavened bread for Passover and the feast of Matzah.
How to make homemade unleavened bread for Passover and the feast of Matzah.

Simple, Soft Unleavened Bread

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
How to make homemade unleavened bread for Passover and the feast of Matzah.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Course Breads, Quick Breads
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 8
Calories 215 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 c all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1/2 c butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1/2 c water, warm
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt
  • extra flour for rolling the dough

Instructions
 

  • To begin, combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated. You can use an electric mixer with dough hook if you like.
  • Form the dough into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into portions, slightly larger than a golf ball. (8 – 10 pieces)
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, using your rolling pin or a tortilla press.
  • Preheat an un-oiled cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Place your first piece of matzah on the hot skillet and let it sit for a minute or so, until the bread is lightly golden brown in spots and slightly puffs up.
  • Turn it over and cook on the other side until it is cooked through, about another minute.
  • Repeat with all of the dough.
  • Store the matzah/unleavened bread in an airtight container.
  • Serve warm or cooled. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 383mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 355IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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