Pesah is around the corner and I've gotten super prepared for you guys - lots of recipes - locked and loaded. We open Passover season with "Pesah Serie" - the queen- Matzah Shmura. What is Matzah Shmura?? Without getting into too many details, in the Bible, Passover symbolizes the escape of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, when God "passed over" the Israelite households during the last of the ten plagues. The Israelites didn't have much time to prepare food for the way. With that being said, their bread did not have time to leaven and proof. SOOOOO.... they made a flatbread and baked it immediately. The result? A thin, crisp bread called Matzah! The process of making Matzah is very strict. The whole process (from mixing the ingredients until baking) should never exceed 18 min!! That is not a lot of time people!
Now, back to the Matzah Shmura. Industrial Matzahs for the holiday are usually sold in a square shape. While Matzah Shmura has to be made by hand, in a round shape, and of course within 18 minutes!
Matzah Shmura is a very important symbolic Passover food. Matzah Shmura is especially important as it used to bless upon at Seder dinner. I decided to share with you this story and the extremely easy and quick recipe!
250 gr whole wheat flour
180 gr cold water
10 gr salt
- Preheat the oven to 460F or 250C. Grill (or broil) mode.
- In a bowl mix the water and the salt until it dissolved.
- Add the flour. Mix until consolidation.
- Move to knead the dough on a floured working surface for about 3-4 minutes (not more!).
- Immediately roll the dough into a sausage shape and cut it into 4 pieces.
- Using a rolling pin- open each piece to a super-thin pita shape; the thinner= the crispier.
- Use a fork to make holes all over the matzah.
- Place the matzah on a baking tray and bake until you see brown spots on top.
- Take out and let it cool down and dry out completely.
- Congratulations! You made a Matzah Shmura by yourself! You should be proud.