The #1 Best Way to Make Homemade Matzah (Matzo?)
Yehuda, Manischewitz, Streits. All fine choices in Passover matzah.
We posit another choice: homemade.
Have you ever thought of making your own from scratch?
As always, before we started anything Jew-y, we consulted My Jewish Learning, one of our favorite websites to keep up with what's going on in contemporary Judaism.
No surprise they have a primer on Matzah Baking. Thank you, MJL.
Read below for our summary.
Disclaimer! Homemade matzah is a hard-core, old-school DIY project. Watch the pros do it:
1. Prepare to Prepare
Apparently, homemade matzah requires some preparation. First, you need to heat the dough to 600° to 800° F. Meaning, you need a really, really hot oven. Fortunately most modern pizza ovens reach this temperature. For example, this one listed on Houzz.
(Full disclosure - one of our owners went to college with Houzz's marketing director, but that doesn't mean they don't sell great stuff.)
And, since you want you matzah to be kosher for Passover, you need to clean your kitchen so it's free of hametz.
You'll also need some special tools: rolling pin, kneading tub, and wooden poles.
Plus, you'll need a big workspace. This stuff gets messy!
2. Prepare Your Ingredients
Only two things go into matzah:
- Cold spring water
- Special Passover flour, or whole-grain wheat
The water has to be cold and the flour has to be dry.
3. Prepare Your Oven
Heat the oven for two hours. You want to have a temperature between 600 - 800 degrees.
4. Prepare Yourself
You have 18 minutes from the time you start to the time you finish. Set your timer, get your ingredients ready, clear off that counter (or kneading board), and put on your shmata.
5. Rock and Roll (er, knead).
Mix flour and water in your kneading tub. Use 3-1/4 cups of flour for every 1 cup of water.
Scoop up small balls of mixture and knead, knead, knead them for about a minute until you have a flat circle of dough.
Quickly poke tiny holes in the dough.
Put the dough in your oven.
Wait for your timer to go off.
6. Let It Cool
Take out your fresh matzah and let it cool. Then enjoy!
If you're looking for things to do with your matzah, this guy's got you covered: