Introduction: Passover Bagels

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Of course you can't have regular bagels during Passover, but you can have these treats. They're basically popovers made with matzoh meal.

You'll need

  • 1c water
  • 1/2c peanut oil
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 c matzoh meal
  • 4 beaten eggs:

Step 1: Mixing and Cooking

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Bring the water, peanut oil, sugar and salt to a boil.

Remove it from the heat, and stir in first the matzoh meal, and then the beaten eggs.

Form into balls and place on an oiled baking sheet.

Step 2: Forming and Baking

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Wet your finger and poke it through the center of each "bagel".

Bake them at 375F for 50 minutes, or until nice and golden like you see in the picture.

Let cool, and enjoy with cream cheese, another filling, or just plain.


dgoldberg (author)2011-04-20

does this recipe work with matzo cake meal? My mother has made a very similar recipe for years that I'm dying to try - but I can't seem to find regular matzo meal in any of our grocery stores. only cake meal!

dindanpacman (author)2010-03-30

 are you sure this is kosher for passover? it looks like the dough is rising, thus defeating the whole purpose of not having leavened bread.

That is a subject open to debate. Leavening is usually defined as what happens when water is added to flour and allowed to sit. Commercial matzos are produced extremely quickly so that no leavening is considered to have occurred.

This recipe does add water, but it is boiling water so it seems that no leavening could possibly occur immediately. The actual moisture and gasses trapped in the dough that expand during heating usually are not considered to be 'leavening'.

Of course, some traditions have different rules about what is and is not leavening. I'm sure some rabbis would consider this alright while others might instruct people to avoid them during passover.

shibby (author)2007-04-07

mje, great recipe, my grandma used to make just those bagles, only with regular cooking oil, no peanut... That racist comment really should be taken off. Thanks! Shalom

mje (author)shibby2007-04-07

My mother made them back when I was a child. My girlfriend makes them without the holes. I should post my recipe for Passover pancakes, which use beaten egg whites... but maybe I'll save it for next year!

vanmankline (author)mje2010-03-28

I would be very interested in that recipe if you don't mind sharing it.  Thanks & chag sameach!

pieman12 (author)2010-03-11

im gonna make passover ibles durring this year. my teacher is the rabbi at our shul's wife

jaypeach (author)2009-04-08

can't wait to try these

ygree001 (author)2009-04-07

Some Ashkenazi Jews do not use peanut oil on Passover, but as mentioned, you can use other types.

mje (author)ygree0012009-04-07
And for those curious about this debate:

"Oil derived from kitniot no longer resembles chametz because it no longer swells when you add water. Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank, zatzal, a former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, cites an opinion that kitniot derivatives are therefore permitted. Many people in the United States follow this ruling and use kitniot-based oil on Passover. Many are strict, however, and use olive or walnut oil. Sources:

  • Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 453:1
  • Ibid. Mishnah Berurah 6
  • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Yabia Omer 5:37:5 "

Personally, I eat peanut butter on matzoh during Pesach.
noahh (author)2007-04-04

Yum! With lox!

flames10391 (author)noahh2008-11-22


SlothOnSpeed (author)2007-11-23

This procedure is known in French cooking as a Choux paste, and when made with flour instead of matzoh meal is the basis for cream puffs. Just pop open the tops and fill with a sweetened whipped cream. If you are in an Italian mood, form the dough into tubes instead of rounds, fill with vanilla pudding and top with chocolate - ummmm, eclairs. I've always made these with flour, but the matzoh meal sounds so intriguing and looks so good that I'll have to give them a try. Thank you!

maxipad505 (author)2007-04-07

Is it like matzo meal textured, or is it bready like a bagel? either way looks good.

mje (author)maxipad5052007-04-08

It's more like a popover- kind of like a very airy bread with lots of holes.

Kathybear (author)2007-04-06

Could you use another type of oil? Say, vegetable oil?

mje (author)Kathybear2007-04-06

Yes, any flavorless oil would work.

Kathybear (author)mje2007-04-06

Thanks- sounds good!

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