Matzo brei, made into pancakes, turns the tedious breadless Passover breakfast into a pleasure.
It's so easy and quick to make that I usually cook a serving at a time, but you can double the recipe if you wish. The leftovers are great too!
That's why matzo brei is so genius. It's actually the same idea as bread pudding - using eggs, milk, cinnamon, and butter to turn dry bread into something delicious, comforting, even - dare I say it? - delectable.
Here's an overview of the ingredients you'll need to make this Passover recipe. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
- Matzo: It's best to use plain matzo, not flavored.
- Eggs: I use large eggs in almost all of my recipes, this one included.
- Ground cinnamon: Make sure it's fresh! A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
- Vanilla extract: Try to use the real thing - pure vanilla extract - and not the artificially flavored stuff.
- Butter: For frying. I love using creamy European butter, but any butter will be great. Coconut oil is another tasty option.
- I love cooking the matzo in coconut oil instead of butter. If you like the flavor of coconut, you can also replace the vanilla extract with coconut extract.
- Sometimes I add a few chocolate chips to the mixture - try 1-2 tablespoons.
- For even richer results, you can soak the matzo in hot milk instead of using water.
- I don't usually sweeten these pancakes because I serve them with maple syrup. But if you'd like, you can add a tablespoon of any granulated sweetener.
- To make a savory version, omit the cinnamon and vanilla. Add a pinch of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese. It's really good!
Matzo Brei Instructions
The recipe card below lists the detailed instructions for making this recipe. Here's an overview of the steps:
Your first step is to break the matzo into small pieces and cover the pieces with very hot tap water. Let them stand and soften for about a minute, then drain.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add the drained matzo pieces. Mix into a uniform batter.
Cook mounds of the mixture in butter in a nonstick skillet until golden and cooked through. Serve with your favorite toppings.
How long you soak the matzo will depend on how soft or crispy you want the end result to be.
Soak the pieces for just 30 seconds for crispier pancakes, and for 5 minutes if you prefer softer ones.
"Brei" means "seared" in Yiddish. So basically it means "sauteed matzo." This makes sense because that's exactly what we're doing here - sauteing softened and flavored matzo in butter.
Yes! This recipe makes one serving. But you can easily double it and cook the pancakes in two skillets, in a double-burner griddle, or in batches. Keep those that you've already cooked in a warm oven.
Yes, absolutely. That's the easiest way to make this recipe. Simply scramble the mixture in warm butter until golden and cooked through. Over medium heat, this should take around 4 minutes.
The leftovers can be refrigerated in a sealed container for 3-4 days. They actually keep quite well! You can reheat them in the microwave at 50% power.
You can also freeze the leftovers for up to three months. If you stack them, make sure to separate them with wax paper.
Matzo Brei Recipe
- 1 matzo
- 1 large egg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Break the matzo into small pieces. Place the pieces in a medium bowl.
- Cover the matzo pieces with very hot tap water. Let stand and soften for about a minute, then drain into a colander.
- Wipe your bowl clean with a paper towel and use it to whisk together the egg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
- Add the drained matzo pieces to the egg mixture. Using a fork, mix well, until the ingredients turn into a batter.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and brush to coat. When the butter starts foaming, spoon the batter into the griddle, measuring ¼ cup per pancake. You should get 3 pancakes. Gently flatten each mound with a fork.
- Fry the pancakes until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve immediately, with your favorite toppings.
- This recipe makes one serving of three pancakes. You can double it and use two skillets or a double-burner griddle.
- Ideas for topping the pancakes include butter, maple syrup, jam, whipped cream, Nutella, and almond butter.
- I don't sweeten the batter because I usually top the pancakes with something sweet. If you'd like to sweeten it, you can use 1 tablespoon of any granulated sweetener.
- The leftovers can be refrigerated in a sealed container for 3-4 days. They actually keep quite well! You can reheat them in the microwave at 50% power. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to three months. If you stack them, make sure to separate them with wax paper.
- This recipe is obviously not low-carb or gluten-free. It's a traditional Jewish recipe that I make for my family once a year during the Passover holiday.
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