Once again, we had some friends over for what’s become an annual pre-Pesach ritual: home matzah baking! Not kosher-le-Pesach, of course, but still… fun.
Recalling pitfalls from previous years, I vowed to:
- have enough rolling pins this year (everybody wants to roll!)*
- mix the dough by hand (no mixer – too sticky and, surprisingly, slower)
- no pasta roller – it produces more professional results but also, surprisingly, slower
I also pre-measured the flour and water, so each bowl had 1 cup of flour, with 1/3 of a cup of water standing by to pour in.
*NOTE: To make sure I had enough rolling pins, I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought a 4-foot dowel (maybe 1.25” diameter?) and had them slice it into 4. With a bit of sandpaper, a good washing, and a final oiling step, I had four perfectly useable kid-size rolling pins, for maybe $7-8. (I did try Dollarama first but they had no rolling pins of any description, and I certainly didn’t want to end up with those horrid plastic ones.)
With the kids, I talked about all the yummy things we put into challah… like eggs, sugar, honey, oil, yeast, salt. Mmm! And then I told the kids – we don’t use ANY of that in matzah. It’s like the opposite of tasty bread.
I also showed them what flour is made of – not just wheat flour, but all five of the grains that are traditionally considered “chametz” at Pesach time. I expanded the “chametz museum” from last year’s edition a little bit by going to Noah’s (natural food store nearby) and buying 10-35 cents’ worth of each of wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt, in as whole a form as I could find (they only had rye flour):
Naomi was dressed for the occasion in her brand-new apron from Uncle Richard. She didn’t plan her outfit – everything just happened to co-ordinate perfectly. Me with my Martha Stewart daughters… sheesh.
And then… well, the next little while was a blur, but eventually (not within 18 minutes, because my oven was broken; yay, the guy came to fix it this afternoon!), we all had some yummy black-bean spread on the matzah we’d made by hand.
And then… we did it all over again with another friend in the afternoon!
Happy Pesach, world!!! Best wishes for a kosher and wonderful yom tov.
Love from the entire MamaLand administration, staff and volunteers (namely me).
Note: for a full recipe and further instructions, you can visit Amital’s blog here. Thanks for sharing your link!