Passover Brownies

This Passover brownies recipe uses matzo flour instead of regular flour to make them kosher for Passover. But you’d never guess it. They’re rich and chocolatey, just as a brownie should be.–Orly Ziv

LC Let's Be Honest Note

Let’s be honest. These aren’t your classic brownies. They’re still ever so slightly crumbly at the edges and splendiferously fudgy on the inside. But if you’re expecting usual brownies, well, you’re in for something of a surprise. These are Passover brownies, which means they’re made with matzo meal rather than all-purpose flour. They’ve got something of a different taste and texture from the usual brownies—you sorta have to experience it to understand. But that’s not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.

Passover Brownies Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 8 to 12

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup matzo flour or matzo meal*
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy or chocolate liqueur
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (170°C). Butter an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
  • 2. Mix together the matzo flour or meal, sugar, and vanilla or vanilla sugar.
  • 3. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter together in a medium to large saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Or you can opt to do this in a glass bowl in the microwave until the chocolate just starts to lose its shape, checking every 30 seconds or so. As soon as you stir the chocolate, it will melt completely.) Be careful not to scorch the chocolate or it will taste, you know, scorched.
  • 4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, brandy, walnuts, and chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, if using, and stir just until incorporated.
  • 5. Scrape the batter into the buttered baking pan and bake for close to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. You may wish to start checking the brownies at 30 minutes. Let the pan of chocolatey goodness rest a few minutes, if you can stand the wait, before cutting it into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Matzo Flour Or Matzo Meal

  • Matzo flour or matzo meal can usually be found in most grocery stores next to the matzo during Passover. You can make your own flour or meal by whirring matzo in a blender or spice grinder until very finely ground.
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Sue Epstein

Apr 14, 2014

If you're not familiar with Passover baked goods, you may be surprised at the unusual taste of these Passover brownies, which are made with matzo flour instead of regular flour. Most Passover cakes, brownies, cookies, etc., have a different texture due to the matzo flour. If you're familiar with Passover baking, you'll quickly recognize these as the best Passover brownies. They're wonderful, chewy, and chocolatey, and easily the best Passover brownies I've had.

It's an easy one-bowl recipe, no mixer needed, and absolutely delicious. If you're making matzo flour from whole matzos, do it in a blender rather than a food processor. A food processor doesn't seem to get the matzo ground fine enough. After trying it in my food processor, I gave up and processed the large crumbs in my spice grinder and it came out perfectly as very fine flour. I didn't have any brandy so I substituted Passover chocolate liqueur, which gave the brownies an amazing taste. I used all semisweet chocolate since that was what I had in my pantry and it was too stormy outside to warrant a trip to the store. I used an 8-inch round pan—again, it was what I had.

One thing to watch out for—after 25 minutes, I tested the brownies with a toothpick, which came out sticky, so back in the oven for another 4 minutes they went. I tested them again in a few minutes with the same results. After 40 minutes in the oven, I tried poking them in a few different places and discovered that the places where the tester came out sticky was where I had stuck it into the chopped chocolate. In spite of this, the brownies didn't seem overdone. Another thing—when I cut the brownies, the top crust sort of crumbled, but for some reason this isn't unusual with Passover brownies.

This will definitely be my go-to Passover brownie recipe.

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Elsa M. Jacobson

Apr 14, 2014

This might be the moment to share that I’m not at all certain whether all the ingredients I used for this Passover brownies recipe would pass muster for keeping kosher for the holiday. I used the full 1/2 cup walnuts, because I am far from a person who hates nuts in brownies. (I actually don’t think brownies are worth eating if they don’t have nuts!) I used approximately 1/3 cup semisweet minis. Because I wanted to serve these to someone who is alcohol-free, I used apple juice in place of the brandy. I baked the brownies in an 8-inch Pyrex pan, and did not adjust the temperature downward to compensate for the Pyrex, as is sometimes recommended. I melted the chocolate with the butter on the stove, as I’m not a big fan of microwaves. I baked these for a full 50 minutes—twice the suggested baking time. I let them cool for 15 minutes before cutting. They were nicely moist, not at all cakey, a little bit grainy, but with great taste. They were substantially fudgier than cake. One of my tasters commented that if I had served these with ice cream, and not mentioned the matzo meal replacement for flour, she would not have noticed anything different about them. They were definitely rich and chocolaty, but not so much so as to be cloying or overwhelming. The serving range of 8 to 12 is accurate, though I confess that 8 is more accurate than 12. (Though 12 might be perfectly accurate if they were served a la mode!) I had an extra brownie later, to see what would happen to the texture as it cooled, and it did become a little less crumbly but without losing any of the fudgy rich deliciousness. Although I don’t always have matzo meal on hand, if I did, and I was to have a need for brownies, this recipe could be used on a year-round basis, they were that good. As for the ingredients, I happened to have Swedish vanilla sugar on hand, the perfect ingredient for this half-Swedish, half-Jewish baker to use in Passover brownies, so I used 1 tablespoon in place of the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. There was very little cleanup.

Comments
Comments
  1. This is a Passover brownie recipe with NO crumbs and NOT dry. It is fabulous.

    Brownies for Passover
    Serving Size: 36

    Preparation Time: 35 minutes
    1 cup butter or margarine, plus more for the baking dish
    4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
    2 cups granulated sugar
    4 eggs
    1/2 cup cake meal [Editor's Note: This is simply another name for very finely ground matzohs]
    1/2 cup potato starch
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    2 cups miniature marshmallows or large ones cut into quarters (Passover marshmallows are available widely)
    1 12 ounce package chocolate chips

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Melt the butter or margarine and chocolate together in the microwave or a double boiler. Mix in the sugar and let cool. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the eggs, cake meal [Editor's Note: that's just very finely ground matzohs], potato starch, salt, and vanilla. Fold in the marshmallows and add the chocolate chips. Place in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Do not overbake.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Hey Stu, thanks for sharing. Although I don’t know whose brownies you’re accusing of being DRY (ahem), we always appreciate a new recipe. Seriously, though, the recipe we tested turned out splendidly if you like your brownies a touch crumbly. It also boasts the ease of not having to purchase other flours or starches that aren’t already in your Passover pantry. But we’re all for experimenting! So if anyone tries this, kindly let us know what you think.

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