From the Kitchen: Apple Cinnamon Matzo Brei
Throughout most of my years in college (and even a little beyond), I worked as a nanny for an amazing family with three cute kiddos. They were Jewish and during Passover, when only unleavened bread is allowed, they would often eat a dish called matzo brei (mat-za brigh) for breakfast. Not being Jewish nor too familiar with the culture or traditions, when I first encountered matzo brei, I was like “thanks, but I’m alright”. While I’ve always loved a good matzo ball soup, I had never really eaten matzo in any other form and the thought of mixing it with egg and dousing it in syrup didn’t exactly allure me. But after a few times of turning the dish down, I realized I was being rude and decided to just sit and give it a go… it was, of course, delicious. It tasted a lot like French toast….and who doesn’t LOVE French toast?! After a while, I was making matzo brei for the kids myself….and after a while longer, I was even making matzo brei for myself. Making it couldn’t be any simpler- scramble crumbled matzo with eggs and pan fry. Easy peasy. To make this already tasty dish even better, I recommend tossing in a few bits of caramelized apples with cinnamon and nutmeg…soooo goood! Recipe after the jump. xoxo!
Apple Cinnamon Matzo Brei
Makes 4-6 matzo brei “pancakes” (serves 2)
4-5 tablespoons milk (maybe a little more)
1 apple (I used Gala, but I imagine that a Granny Smith would work nicely)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
Maple syrup, honey or jam
Preheat oven to lowest setting (just to keep your pancakes warm).
Peel, core and dice apple. In a bowl, toss the apple with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a frying pan over medium high heat, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter and stir in apple mixture until softened and caramelized. About 8 minutes.
Crumble matzos into a medium bowl and mix with milk. Let soak for about a minute until the matzo is soft but not completely mushy. Add a little more milk if necessary. Whisk in eggs and salt.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium high heat in a clean pan until slightly foamy and scoop a 1/4 cup of matzo batter, dropping pancake-style rounds . Place about a tablespoon of the cinnamon apple mixture right onto the matzo batter and flatten gently with a spatula. Cook pancakes about 2-3 minutes on each side. Place matzo brei on a an oven safe plate and into the oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of your batter. Serve immediately with syrup, honey or jam. Enjoy!