Passover brownies are too often disappointing. Not these easy kosher brownies for Pesach made with matzo. They’re ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.
This Passover brownies recipe uses matzo flour instead of regular all-purpose flour to make them kosher for Passover or Pesach, explains author Orly Ziv. But you’d never guess it. Unlike most disappointingly dry and bland Passover brownies, these are 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. They’ve got something of a different taste and texture from classic brownies, yet they’re still rich and chocolatey through and through. This recipe has been updated. Originally published March 26, 2012.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Passover Brownies Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 1 H
- Serves 8 to 12
- 3/4 cup matzo flour or matzo meal*
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 vanilla bean
- 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)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (170°C). Butter an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
- 2. In a large bowl, mix together the matzo flour or meal, sugar, and vanilla.
- 3. Melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter in a medium-ish to large-ish saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Or you can opt to toss them in a glass microwave-safe bowl and nuke them 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. Stir until smooth.) Be careful not to scorch the chocolate or it will taste, you know, scorched.
- 4. 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 prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 45 minutes. You should probably start checking the brownies for doneness at 30 minutes. Let the pan of chocolatey goodness rest at room temperature for a few minutes, if you can stand the wait, before cutting 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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