Matzah Brei – Passover French Toast

Every month my kids receive a wonderful book in the mail through The PJ Library.  This month we received a book called “A Sweet Passover” by Leslea Newman.  This is a great story about a young girl who gets so tired of eating matzah that by the 7th day,  she refuses to eat it.  Her grandfather begins to tell her the importance of eating matzah during Passover, and then teaches her how to make matzah brei (fried matzah) or as he put it “french toast”.


  • 7 pieces of matzah
  • Hot or warm water
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Salt (optional…I didn’t add it because of the salt in the butter)
  • Toppings for your french toast (the book suggests applesauce, cinnamon and sugar, sour cream, salk and pepper, maple syrup)


First break up the matzah.

The recipe said to soak it in warm water, however I read other recipes online that said to soak it in hot water, so I chose to do that.  This recipe also said to soak the matzah for one minute…however we didn’t end up getting to it right away…so we ended up soaking it for a bit longer.

In another bowl we added 3 eggs….

and  1/4 cup of milk.  We omitted the salt since the butter we are using to fry this up has plenty of salt.

Stir the eggs and milk well.

Then drain the matzah.

Put the matzah back into the bowl, add the milk and egg mixture, and mix well.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, and then add the mixture.  Although the recipe uses the entire mixture, I ended up only putting half of it in.  I think I was a little overwhelmed by the size of it, and so our matzah brei is a little thinner than it really should be.

Cover and cook the mixture on low heat for about 10 minutes.  You will know when it’s done if you raise the edge of the mixture with a spatula to see if it’s crisp and brown.  To flip this enormous matzah brei over, just put a large plate on top of your frying pan, and flip it onto the plate.  Add more butter to the frying pan if you think it is necessary, and then slowly slide the matzah brei back onto the frying pan.  Cover and cook on low again for 10 more minutes.

Cut it up and serve.  We tried ours with cinnamon and sugar, applesauce, syrup and plain.

My son said he loved it with cinnamon and sugar and syrup the best.  My daughter liked it best with syrup.

We had fun reading this book and trying out matzah brei.  It’s a great addition to any home library.  You can find A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman here on


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