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. Kindly note that due to the fact that it can be tricky to complete the recipe in 18 minutes, this recipe is not strictly in accordance with kosher rules for Passover if it takes you longer than 18 minutes to complete the recipe.–Renee Schettler

Why does matzoh need to be made in 18 minutes?

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.

Homemade Matzoh

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  • Makes 8 large sheets
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Special Equipment: Pasta machine (optional)

Ingredients


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. 

If you do not need the matzoh to be kosher for Passover, let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do need the matzoh to be kosher for Passover, proceed immediately to the next step so that you can attempt to finish everything in 18 minutes. You may want to ask for help to ensure that you complete it in time.

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.) Originally published March 19, 2013.

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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!

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Comments

  1. I live in New Zealand and due to the lockdown I can’t buy Matza which made me super bummed, but thanks to your recipe passover is saved! Haha 🙂 Easy to make and tastes better than the boxed ones. I used a pasta machine to make them uniformed. Shared your recipe. Thanks heaps!

  2. Is it possible to put this dough on a griller? (the one that lowers a lid so it cooks/grills both sides?) In Exodus there’s no mention of adding water Ch 2. Maybe it was a given? And frankinsense–is that still used?

    1. Diana, we’ve never tried cooking it on a grill so we can’t say how well it would work. In theory, as long as your grill is around 500°F, it should work with similar timing. If you try it, do let us know how it turned out.

  3. This matza recipe cannot yield matza that is kosher for Passover. Any commercially purchased flour has had its wheat kernels washed with water prior to milling. This makes the flour into chametz (leavened) before you even buy it.

    1. Stuart, thank you for clarifying, we appreciate you sharing that. Yes, and also because it’s tricky to make an entire batch in the prescribed time needed to be kosher for Passover. We offer the recipe because it has been our experience that varying audiences veer toward varying degrees of adherence and that those who do wish to keep strictly kosher for Passover will make adjustments as needed or pass on the recipe.

    1. Joy, terrific question! Truthfully, most of our home testers devoured the recipe within hours of baking it. I don’t have actual tried-and-true results on this for you 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, depending on how hot and humid it is in your kitchen. Look forward to hearing what you think!

  4. This turned out perfectly! I cut the recipe down to 1 cup flour and it did take more water, but went through the pasta maker so easily! I used the fettuccini noodle attachment then scissors to make individual sized pieces. I tried the pizza stone which baked the crackers very quickly, but was more prone to burning. Using a cookie sheet allowed the pieces to crisp without much browning, so I prefer that method.

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