Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah

We got the children's picture book The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman out of the library the other day. I remember fondly the story of the Little Red Hen, so I thought this would be a nice Jewish twist.

It's the classic Little Red Hen story, she wants to grow her own wheat to make her own Matzah. She asks her friends every step of the way, but they refuse to help her. At the end she makes a nice Passover Seder complete with homemade matzah and of course her friends want to come and eat.

Gaby loves reading. But she loves helping me cook and making our "own" food (own donuts, own pizza, own challah, own matzah!) even more. So we decided to make our own matzah. We even timed ourselves to see if we could stick to the traditional 18 minutes. But we ran out of time! Might be because the cookie cutter part took 10 minutes!

 The recipe is very simple.
Little Red Hen (& Gaby's) Matzah recipe

Preheat oven to 500 deg F.
4 cups flour (3 white flour, 1 whole wheat flour)
~1 cup water

1. Mix until incoporated.
2. Turn out on floured surface and kneed until smooth and no longer sticky. You may need to add water.
3. Mold or use cookie cutters to desired shape - make sure it's as thin as you can get it with a rolling pin!
4. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 5 mins, or until golden brown on top.


  1. So cute! Looking forward to seeing what other projects you come up with.

  2. Thanks! There's more, I just have to take pics of the books
    at least.