Breakfast during Passover can be challenging. If you are looking to change your routine and have pancakes, instead of just plain matzo, I have the perfect recipe for you! And it’s parve (non-dairy) too! Matzo meal pancakes are a delicious and simple dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack during Passover. Refer to these pancakes as Passover crepes or Passover latkes (although potatoes aren't part of this dish), it doesn’t matter what you call them as they’re simply delicious. Some families also call this dish bubaleh / bubula. I am guessing that you already have these ingredients at home, and that just makes whipping up these Passover matzo meal pancakes even more appealing.
Is baking powder kosher for Passover?
If you’re wondering about using baking powder during Passover, (which my pancake recipe does call for), I have some background and clarification on that below.
Baking powder is not universally considered kosher for Passover. This is because baking powder can contain cornstarch, which is made from corn, a grain that is not allowed during Passover. Cornstarch is often added to baking powder to prevent clumping. However, there are specific baking powders available for Passover that are kosher for Passover and are made without cornstarch. These baking powders are typically made with potato starch instead. It's important to check the label for certification to ensure that the baking powder is indeed kosher for Passover.
As long as the baking powder is kosher for Passover, you are good to go.
Some argue that using baking powder regardless is against the holiday spirit as the holiday is all about unleavened pastry, it is up to you to decide if you want to use it or not. Considering there are kosher baking powders for Passover available hence it is allowed.
Tips for making Passover Pancakes
Here are some tips for making perfect matzo meal pancakes:
Use a non-stick skillet or griddle to prevent sticking, as Passover pancakes can be more delicate than regular pancakes.
Mixing the batter
Be careful not to overmix the batter, as this can cause the pancakes to become tough. Mix until just combined.
Let the batter rest
Let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes before cooking to allow the matzo meal to absorb the liquid and create a smoother consistency.
I like my pancakes when they’re not so sweet so I only add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the batter. I usually serve pancakes with maple syrup, which is sweet enough, so I do not think you need the pancakes itself to be so sweet. Of course you can add more or less sugar by your taste.
Adjust the consistency
If the batter is too thick, add a little more water until you get a smooth, pourable consistency. If it's too thin, add a little more matzo meal.
Use low heat
Matzo meal pancakes can burn easily due to the high sugar content in the matzo meal. To prevent burning, use low to medium heat and cook the pancakes slowly.
If you want your Passover pancakes to be fluffier, separate the egg whites from the yolks and beat the whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter just before cooking.
Don't flip too soon
Wait until the edges of the pancake start to dry and the surface is covered in small bubbles before flipping. This will ensure that the pancake is fully cooked and won't fall apart when you flip them.
Keep them warm
To keep your pancakes warm while you're cooking the rest of the batch, place them on a baking sheet in a 200°F oven until you're ready to serve.
By following these tips, you'll be able to make delicious matzo meal pancakes that are perfect every time!
Matzo meal is a type of flour made from ground matzo crackers. It is commonly used in Jewish cooking as a substitute for wheat flour during Passover, when wheat and other grains are not allowed.
No, matzo meal is made from wheat flour and is not gluten-free. However, you can make gluten-free pancakes using other types of flour, such as almond flour or coconut flour.
Yes, you can make matzo meal pancakes ahead of time and reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving. However, they are best served fresh and warm.
Matzo meal pancakes can be topped with a variety of sweet or savory toppings, such as butter, maple syrup, fruit compote, honey, whipped cream, or jam. You can also add savory toppings like smoked salmon or cream cheese.
Yes, you can use matzo ball mix to make pancakes, but the texture and flavor may be different from using matzo meal. Matzo ball mix typically includes additional ingredients, such as baking powder and spices, which may affect the final outcome.
Yes, you can freeze Passover pancakes. Let them cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the oven or microwave.
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Make these Passover pancakes today!
Enjoy your Passover breakfast with these yummy matzo meal pancakes that are easy to make and taste so good. Add your favorite toppings - sweet or savory and have a happy Passover!
- ¾ cup matzo meal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (kosher for Passover)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 4 tablespoon oil
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup water
- Chopped fruit (optional - bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
- Mix all dry ingredients and add the boiling water.
- Let the batter sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Add half of the oil (just 2 tablespoons) and the eggs and water.
- Heat a pan with the remaining oil and use 2-3 tablespoons of the batter to fry the pancakes.
- Serve with maple syrup and fruit.
- Have a pancake, or two, and happy Passover!