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Homemade Matzos

Victor Protasio

Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield

Makes 12 crackers

If you've only eaten matzos from a box, homemade ones are a revelation—light, fresh, and totally addictive. And even inexperienced bakers can make them; this recipe from Blake Joffe and Amy Remsen, owners of Beauty's Bagel Shop in Oakland, California, has enough olive oil to make the dough supple and easy to handle.

Ingredients

  • About 2 3/4 cups flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • About 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 157
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • protein 3 g
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • sodium 127 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Set a pizza stone on an oven rack and heat oven to 500° for about 45 minutes (if you don't have a pizza stone, set a large baking sheet on a rack and heat until oven is hot).

    Measuring Flour
    Measuring Flour
  2. Put 2 1/4 cups flour, kosher salt, and oil in a food processor. With motor running, slowly add 1/2 cup water. Dough will come together into a ball and should feel soft and supple; if it is sticky at all, add more flour, 1 tbsp. at a time.

  3. Divide dough into 12 portions. Using a floured rolling pin, roll 1 portion at a time on a well-floured work surface into a round about 8 in. wide and just thin enough to see through. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt and press it in with your hands. Prick dough all over with a fork (this will prevent the dough from puffing up too much).

  4. Flour a wooden peel or back of a baking sheet generously and transfer dough to it. Gently slide dough onto hot pizza stone. Bake until matzo is light golden and crisp on each side and a bit darker at the edges, turning once with a wide spatula, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer matzo to a cooling rack and make remaining matzos the same way.

  5. Rebake any matzo that isn't crisp in the center, which may be the case if they baked on a baking sheet; put matzos on a rimmed baking sheet, reduce oven heat to 250°, and bake 15 to 25 minutes more.

Cook's Notes

Nutritional analysis is per matzo. Make ahead: Up to 2 days, stored airtight.

Beauty's Bagel Shop, Oakland, CA