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How to Make Your Own Matzah
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What better way to teach your children about the Passover story than to make matzah with them like the Jewish slaves made matzah thousands of years ago.

Difficulty Level: Average    Time Required: 45 minutes


Here's How:
  1. Oven: Put the oven through a full self-cleaning cycle to make it kosher for Passover.
  2. Ingredients needed: 1) cold water from the faucet 2) special flour called kemach shel matzah shamura (flour watched from the moment of harvest to the moment of packing to make sure it has not come into contact with any moisture).
  3. All utensils (see "Things You'll Need" below) must be kosher for Passover.
  4. Prepare the oven by lining the oven shelf with floor tiles. Leave some space between the tiles and the sides of the oven.
  5. Set oven on highest temperature setting.
  6. Place clean paper on work surface and prepare utensils.
  7. At this point, the clock starts to tick. There must be no more than 18 minutes from the time the water is mixed with the flour until the time the matzah is put into the oven.
  8. Depending on how many matzot you want, measure 1 part water and 3 parts flour.
  9. Quickly mix and knead into a firm ball of 1-2 inches.
  10. Roll out dough as thin as possible.
  11. Poke holes in the dough.
  12. Check to make sure no more than 18 minutes passed since the flour and water were mixed. Put matzah onto the tiles in the hot oven.
  13. Bake on tiles for 2-3 minutes until done.
  14. Remove using the peel.
  15. Put clean paper on the work surface, and repeat steps 7-14.


Tips:

  1. It is best to have a few people working together when making matzah. Have one person do the mixing and the kneading, another person rolling out the dough, and the last person putting the matza into the oven.
  2. Make sure the matzah you are making is kosher for Passover. No more than 18 minutes can pass from the time the flour and water are mixed and the time the matzah dough is put into the oven.

Related Information:



What You Need:

measuring cups Info/Shop
large bowl for dough Info/Shop
roll of paper Info/Shop
rolling pin Info/Shop
tool to make dough holes Info/Shop
tiles to line oven shelf Info/Shop
peel - flat metal plate Info/Shop


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