A matzoh brei recipe (alternate spellings: matza brei, matzo brei, matzah brei, motza brei; also: matzoh brie, matza brie, matzo brie, matzah brie, or motza brie) is one of many traditional Ashkenazic recipes used during the Passover / Pesach festival.

What exactly is matzoh brei or matzoh brie? "Brei" or "Brie" means "fried" in Yiddish, and of course, matzoh brei means "fried matzoh". Like the spelling variations, there are many varieties of matzoh brei for the Passover / Pesach festival depending on the geographical origin of the recipe-creator and also on the individual creativity of the recipe-maker. The following matzoh brei recipe is a basic matzoh brei recipe.

Matzoh Brei is a popular Passover / Pesach food among Ashkenazim (Jews whose ancestors came from Central and/or Eastern Europe; singular form: Ashkenazi, Ashkenaz; descriptive form: Ashkenazic). What exactly is matzoh brei? Matzoh brei is essentially an omeletlike mixture of eggs and pieces of matzoh that is fried together.

Note that matzoh farfel or matzoh meal can be used in place of, or in addition to, the soaked matzoh along with butter in the batter. You can also try grated apple or pear in the batter. If you would like a savory matzoh brei, you can add an extra egg, onions and salt to the egg mixture instead of cinnamon, sugar and milk.

Matzoh Brei Recipe (4 servings; Preparation time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 5 minutes)

2 matzohs, broken into large pieces
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter

Instructions for the Matzoh Brei recipe:

  1. In a small bowl, soak matzoh in warm water until softened. Drain and squeeze out liquid completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg, cinnamon and sugar together. Add softened matzoh and mix until matzoh is well broken up. Add milk slowly until mixture is of a batter-like consistency but not soupy. You may not need the full amount. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken.
  3. In a skillet, melt butter. Ladle matzoh mixture into pan and fry until lightly brown on both sides. Serve hot with powdered sugar, sour cream and berries, or (after Passover) maple syrup.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories: 110 (percent of calories from fat: 37); Protein: 3 grams; Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Fiber: no fiber; 4 grams Fat: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 56 milligrams; Sodium: 51 milligrams.

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