Every year during Passover I try to not stock up on boxes of the mixes you can buy to make pretty much anything. I like making things from scratch, if possible. So I turned to a packet of family recipes that I was given at my bridal shower. My aunt had given this packet to my cousin (her niece)at her bridal shower back in the 90's, so when my shower came around the cousin made sure to pass it along to me. Of course, to give proper credit I have to remind myself who these were originally typed up for ("Mom" is actually Aunty Barbara and "Uncle Steve" is really my dad). Though I also have insider info of knowing that this recipe for matzah meal pancakes, which is credited to my dad is actually a recipe from his mother (different sides of the family, so my cousin wouldn't know who my grandma is necessarily).
I grew up eating these pancakes, though I had forgotten all about them until I saw this recipe and asked my dad to clarify something. When he mentioned what he puts on his pancakes (a sprinkle of sugar) memories of eating them as a child came rushing back to me. This was my first attempt at making them and they ended up coming out pretty good! They're not quite as fluffy as non-Passover pancakes, but they're not too dense, and they don't taste as fake as the stuff from the box.
My only complaint is that it only made 9 pancakes, so after my husband and I split a batch we were still a bit hungry. But I definitely plan on making these again next year. With a little maple syrup on them...delicious!
Matzah Meal Pancakes (my grandmother's recipe)
3 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup matah meal
1/2 cup water
- mix yolks gently in small bowl
- in a medium bowl, beat egg whites until "fluffy" (they should be bubbly and forming soft peaks, not hard like a meringue)
- in a small bowl mix matzah meal, salt, and water.
- mix matzah meal mixture into the yolks.
- fold into the egg whites.
- fry on greased skillet or griddle.