Grandma’s Matzoh Meal Pancakes

Grandma’s Matzoh Meal Pancakes

Today's recipe from The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook comes from Judith Walsh of Brooklyn, New York. Judith's paternal grandmother Esther Wolkowich, was born in a small town in the Russian sector of Poland. Esther came to the United States at the turn of the century and brought some native recipes with her. Judith's favorite recipe was her grandmother's matzoh meal pancake.

Every Passover, Esther served the mouth-watering pancakes to her children and granchildren. It was a Passover highlight. Her family ate them as fast as she could make them.

Grandma's Matzoh Meal Pancakes

1/2 cup matzoh meal
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup cold water
3 eggs
oil for frying


  1. Combine matzoh meal, salt and sugar.

  2. Separate eggs.

  3. Beat yolks slightly and combine with water.

  4. Add liquids with dry ingredients.

  5. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into matzoh meal mixture.

  6. Heat oil in frying pan. Drop mixture by tablespoon into hot oil. Brown pancakes on both sides.

Ingredients can be doubled or tripled as desired.  Should be served immediately for best taste.  Can be served with powdered sugar, jam or any other topping, or served without topping. Makes 10 - 12.



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The cookbook is a 268-page spiral-bound book containing recipes from thirty-five countries. The recipes are introduced with family memories. The book also contains a History of Ellis Island, Chronology, Immigrant Food Memories.

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