Are you looking for some interesting and modern Passover recipes?
How about some Matzo recipes that you can make all year long? If you do, check out this inventive and beautifully illustrated cookbook, Matzo 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long. Do you want to learn about the family that makes the best Matzo? Streit’s of course!
During Passover, I tend to make the same recipes and get bored after just a couple of days. How many times can you have gefilte fish and melted cheese on Matzo? After I have exhausted all of my Passover recipes, it gets very challenging to keep Passover. This cookbook came just in time! When I discovered this cookbook at my friend’s house, I was immediately impressed with the overall look and feel of the book. The cover felt like Matzo with the groves and texture! When I looked through the recipes, I immediately felt hungry and wanted to try each recipe. The author, Michele Streit Heilbrun also incorporated Streit’s family history and facts into this cookbook, which made it even more unique. With the facts, are also pictures of her family members both cooking in the Streit kitchen and participating in various traditions. This is not only a cookbook, but a heartfelt and meaningful tribute to her family. Included in the book is a Passover pantry and kitchen list that defines all of the ingredients needed to make the recipes in the book. The book is categorized into breakfast, starters, sides and snacks, entrees and yummy desserts!
I love when authors connect specific recipes with memories of family members and history. It tends to make the whole cooking and eating experience even more special. In my own life, I can’t think of making ruggelach without reminiscing about my grandma Katie who loved to bake. These memories last a lifetime and it’s so important to pass these down from generation to generation.
The author, Michele Streit Heilbrun shared this recipe for Passover chocolate chip cookies that can be made year round! Thank you Michele!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
We always had macaroons on our seder table, of course—Streit’s macaroons, straight from the can. But for a fantastic homemade alternative, we urge you
to try these amazing cookies. They will make you rethink what a “Passover cookie” can be.
MAKES ABOUT 50 COOKIES
1 cup matzo cake meal
¼ cup matzo meal
¼ cup potato starch
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2⁄3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the matzo cake meal, matzo meal, potato starch, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla, beating until combined, then add the eggs
one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each to incorporate. Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three batches. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Using a 1-tablespoon measure, scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 to 3 inches between cookies—they will spread during baking. Bake one sheet at a time until the cookies are evenly golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the sheet after 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches. Once the cookies have fully cooled, store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
What inspired you to write the cookbook, Matzo 35 recipes for Passover and All Year Long?
I was inspired to write the book because I wanted to honor my family but also wanted to help make Matzo relevant and modern. Help the next generation make it their own.. I also saw so many food fads.. Kale, Panko, Nutella why not Matzo. Tofu is a tasteless food. Matzo similar, plain Matzo that is.. They are both a clean slates and can be embellished in so many ways! Many chefs LOVE to use our meal to bread things, a new way to see our products.
What is your favorite Matzo recipe that you cook all year long?
All year long I’d say Brei, Matzo ball soup BUT now i’d add the bark, gratins, kugels and breaded cod cakes.. The Chocolate Chip cookie Dave makes is AMAZING!
Kids can be picky eaters, especially over the holidays.
What is your favorite child friendly recipe?
Child friendly, I’d of course say the candy BUT the pizza is a hit, fish cakes, Nachos, Fried Chicken, Zucchini latkes and Brei..
I love how you incorporate both history and family members into the book. What would you like your readers to learn from your book?
I’d like readers to be aware with Streit’s they aren’t just buying a Matzo they are buying a tradition.. One that their ancestors shared.. We are a family and we have been growing up along side them.
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