Homemade Matzoh

This homemade matzoh couldn’t be simpler and tastes incomparably better than the stuff you buy in a box. Here’s how to make it from scratch.

Sheets of homemade matzoh in a metal basket.

Homemade matzoh? It’s actually quite easy to make. A pasta roller helps tremendously in terms of both ease and time. As for what to schmear on that homemade matzoh, we can help with that, too. Just click your heels three times and then check out our Matzohpaloozah. –David Leite

Kosher for Passover Note

If you’re planning to make this for Passover and are following strict Passover dietary rules, this recipe doesn’t meet the requirements. On the other hand, if you’re celebrating the holiday while not remaining adherent, by all means, roll up your sleeves and start baking!

Homemade Matzoh FAQs

Is it true matzoh needs to be made within 18 minutes? Why is that?

In order for matzoh to be technically unleavened and appropriate for Passover, according to Jewish tradition, it must be started and completed within 18 minutes. This is because fermentation is believed to happen after 18 minutes of ground grain being in contact with water, and Jewish law requires only unleavened foods be eaten during the duration of Passover.

How should I serve homemade matzoh?

Matzoh can be pretty bland on its own, but the options for serving it are endless. If you’re not strictly observant to Passover law, go ahead and schmear with cream cheese or sour cream and top with smoked salmon, dollop on hummus, or serve as you would your favorite cracker. Alternatively, you could grind up the homemade matzoh to make matzoh meal for matzoh ball soup or Passover brownies.

Homemade Matzoh

Sheets of homemade matzoh in a metal basket.
This homemade matzoh couldn’t be simpler and tastes incomparably better than the stuff you buy in a box. Here’s how to make it from scratch.
Noah and Rae Bernamoff

Prep 29 mins
Cook 1 min
Total 30 mins
Mains
Jewish
8 sheets
287 kcal
4.92 / 35 votes
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Equipment

  • Pasta machine (optional)

Ingredients 

  • 4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons mild olive oil
  • 3/4 cup plus up to 1/2 cup warm water

Directions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). Ideally you would place a pizza stone on the bottom oven rack, but realistically a 10-by-15-inch baking sheet will work just dandy.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, starting with just 3/4 cup water, until everything comes together to form a dough. If the dough seems dry, add a little more water, just a few drops at a time. Be sparing with the water and do not add so much that the dough becomes sticky. 
  • Let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Flatten a piece slightly and pass it repeatedly through a pasta maker, reducing the thickness each time until you eventually reach the thinnest or minimum setting on your pasta machine. Alternately, you can simply roll the dough as thinly as possible with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
  • Trim the rolled-out dough pieces into rectangles. (How many pieces of matzoh you get depends on how thinly you rolled the dough.) Use a fork to prick holes in the surface of the dough. lf salted matzoh are desired, brush or spray the dough surface lightly with water and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  • Carefully place some of the rectangles onto the pizza stone or baking sheet. They should fit snugly but should not touch. Bake until the surface of the matzoh is golden brown and bubbly, 30 to 90 seconds. 
  • Using tongs, carefully flip the matzoh pieces and continue to bake until the other side is golden browned and lightly blistered, 15 to 30 seconds. Keep careful and constant watch to keep the matzoh from burning; the exact baking time will vary from oven to oven and will get longer with subsequent batches. You want to let the matzoh get a few dots of light brown but don’t let the matzoh turn completely brown or it will taste burnt. 
  • Let the matzoh cool before serving. (When our testers made this, they devoured it within hours—and sometimes minutes—of pulling it from the oven, but typically with this sort of baked good you can keep it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to a couple days.)
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1sheetCalories: 287kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 54g (18%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 293mg (13%)Potassium: 75mg (2%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Calcium: 11mg (1%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Making these homemade matzoh crackers left me with the same sense of wonder I had the first time I made pasta. The dough was a snap to put together with only 4 ingredients. I rolled it out by hand, and the resulting crackers reminded me of cream crackers—they were creamy and complete with golden blisters. They were also devoured within minutes of exiting the oven, gladly embraced by peanut butter and Nutella!

The homemade matzoh isn’t only fun to make, it tastes just like store-bought but fresher. And it’s more authentic-looking.

Although it was difficult to get the dough to the right consistency for rolling out, once I did, the results were wonderful. My dough was way too dry with 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water. l kept adding water (approximately another 1/4 to 1/2 cup) until the dough came together. It didn’t feel right, so I made another batch, thinking I added too much flour to the first batch. Same thing happened. So I went back to the first batch (about 10 to 15 minutes later), and voilà, the dough felt perfect for rolling out. I rolled the dough out in the pasta maker. This amount was easy to handle and made for a good-size piece of matzoh. I baked it on a hot pizza stone, and it took 1 1/2 minutes on the first side and a quick 15 seconds on the second side at 500°F. Be sure not to let the matzoh get golden brown, as it starts to taste burnt.

Just let the matzoh get a few dots of light brown and you’re good to go. Think of the possibilities: flavoring the dough with different spices, cutting it into fun shapes, etc. I can’t wait for Passover!

Simple ingredients, some mixing and rolling, and I made delicious homemade matzoh. Well, maybe more like delicious homemade crackers. Mixing is easy, but rolling and trimming take some time. A quick bake in the oven resulted in a delicious cracker that somewhat resembled matzoh.

I used my pasta machine to roll the dough and felt that it was best at the second-to-last setting on the roller. Using my pasta maker resulted in sheets of dough that were about 36 inches by 5 inches when rolled at the thinnest setting. (And then there were 7 more to go.) Frankly there was so much dough I actually threw out the last ball because I was tired of making them. I was able to make my fork marks, cut the dough into rectangles, and transfer the sheets easily to a preheated baking sheet. I imagine that rolling by hand would yield a very different product. Using the pasta machine makes them fun to make and a consistent thickness. I could imagine these with butter, cheeses, tuna salad, or as a nice addition to a bread basket. I might even consider using them for Passover.

I think that next time I’d salt some of them. My preference was for the ones that I made a bit on the thicker side. Watch the oven carefully, as the brown blisters can cross over into burnt in minutes.

I must admit that I don’t care much for matzoh but with Passover not too far off I thought it’d be fun to make this with my grandkids. I don’t have a pasta maker and rolled the dough out with a rolling pin. We rolled the dough out onto a lightly floured board and had to add a little more flour a time or two.

The timing of 30 seconds was right on, but I’m sure it depends on your oven. Be careful and watch closely; they burn quickly.

Since my “assistants” were rolling them out, the shapes weren’t exactly consistent, but they were approximately 4 by 4 inches in size. The taste wasn’t marvelous, but matzoh is a pretty bland cracker. They were pretty good for matzoh and a wonderful thing to do with kids!

Originally published March 19, 2013

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi. I’m not Jewish, but my church uses this bread for communion. The lady who made it previously has retired and I’ve tried her recipe, similar to yours. It didn’t work for me. When I made your recipe, it was great right out of the oven. However, the problem is storage. How do I keep it from getting hard and chewy? I put the batch, cooled completely in an air-tight container and in the refrigerator. Half a day later, it was hard, and chewy. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Colleen, I think that the refrigerator may be the culprit. Next time try storing them in zip-lock bags in your pantry. Matzoh should store quite well, unless it is exposed to moisture.

  2. At best, matzo—like gefilte fish—is not a great-tasting product. Slathered with butter, it’s not so bad. Soaked in eggs and milk and lots of sugar and cinnamon and fried and drowned in kosher maple syrup, it’s not so bad It might be fun to make, but the homemade, it can’t be all that improved over the store-bought sheets which can be used for writing notes on after Passover. One year I tried to give the leftovers to the ducks and geese in the yard. They passed over the matzo. Even the squirrels wouldn’t eat the matzo. It might be fun for the grandkids to make. I’ll grant that…just maybe?

    1. Hah. You’ve got a very good point, stu. We’re not even going to try to argue. Yet for better or for worse, matzoh is a reality for so many this time of year. Just trying to do what we can to make it as edible as possible. Love your serving ideas!

  3. Hello, can this recipe be done with rye flour instead of all purpose flour and olive oil instead of canola oil if so would any other changes be needed?

    1. Hi Zac, you should be fine to replace a portion of the all-purpose flour with rye flour. I suggest that you make the recipe first as written to get a feel for the dough, its hydration, and its elasticity. Rye flour contains less gluten than regular flour and contains higher proportions of complex sugars called pentosans. As a result, you will need to add additional water for each additional percentage of rye. I would play around with your rye percentages, adjusting water accordingly until you get the feel of the original dough. I’ve asked our testers if anyone has tried rye in this recipe and if so, what proportions they used. I’ll let you know if I hear back from anyone.

  4. 4 stars
    Wanting to make sure to make the 18-minute time limit, I made only half the batch. I rolled by hand and used a griddle on the stove top as well as a baking sheet in the oven, and all but one were out of the oven when the 18-minute buzzer went off. (That last one needed another 30 seconds on the other side!) I also didn’t care to trim them to a regular shape, and I kind of like their rustic look. My only problem? I can’t stop munching on them…

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this great recipe! I will add that the thinnest setting on my pasta machine was WAY too thin. The result was more like a papadum. I ended up using the 3rd thinnest and the result was fabulous (my machine goes from 1-6 and I used the 4). Also, I might add that I discovered poking fork holes in lines/stripes made for very store bought looking matzoh!

    Reading the comments I hope I can make these for Passover.

    1. nina, I’m so glad you liked the recipe. And thank you for the rolling tip. May I ask what’s the brand name of the machine you have? Sometimes different brand names have different setting calibrations.

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