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Video:How to Make Matzo

with Krystyna Rittichier

Matzo is an unleavened bread which is traditionally eaten by the Jewish people during the Passover celebration. Learn how to make homemade matzo with this easy kosher recipe.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Matzo

Hi, my name is Krystyna Rittichier and I'm here for About.com. Today we're making Matzo, using a recipe from About.com's Kosher Food site. Matzo is an unleavened bread which is traditionally eaten by the Jewish people during the Passover celebration. It is important to keep all the supplies and foods kosher during the preparation of this ceremonial bread.

Ingredients for Matzo:

  • Cold water
  • A special flour called kemach shel matzah shamura

Prepare a Kosher Kitchen Before Making Matzo

Before making your dough, you should prepare you kitchen to make the bread. Put your oven through a full cleaning cycle to ensure that the oven is kosher. You must also ensure that all your cooking supplies are kosher. Essentially, this means that any supply you use, measuring cups, spatulas and mixing bowls must never have been used to prepare both milk and meat.  Also, during the Passover, an observing Jew must not ingest any yeast. Just to be safe, it is best not to use any cooking supplies which have ever touched yeast.

Bake Matzo Before Dough Rises

Line the middle oven shelf with clean floor tiles, or use a rectangular or round pizza stone. Set the oven on the highest heat setting. To make the Matzo dough, you will mix one part of water with 3 parts flour. Place the flour in a kosher mixing bowl. Set a timer for 18 minutes, then add your water immediately. Once the water hits the flour, the finished dough must be placed into the oven within 15 minutes, or the dough will begin to rise. This bread cannot rise, because eating leavened bread is never acceptable in the Passover tradition.

Roll Out Matzo Dough Thinly

Mix the dough and knead a ball of the dough to be 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Roll the dough out as thin as possible, then poke holes in the dough with a kosher knife or fork. Make sure that it has been no more than 18 minutes, then place the dough directly onto the tiles in the heated oven.

Bake the Matzo for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fully coked. Remove the Matzo from the oven and allow it to cool. If you are going to store the finished Matzo, be sure to store it in a kosher container. Thanks for watching! For more information visit us online at About.com.

 

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