Matzo Pancakes (Chremslach) Recipe

These little pancakes, a variant of matzo brei, are sometimes known as chremslach or bubeleh. No matter the name, they're delicious: golden and tender, with a delicate crunch of granulated sugar sprinkled on top.

Joel Russo

Why It Works

  • Breaking up sheets of matzo allows you to control the size of the particles and therefore the final pancake texture.
  • Soaking the matzo in water softens it, allowing it to form a rough batter when mixed with the eggs.

These matzo pancakes are quicker and easier to toss together than even the simplest American-pancake recipe (short of a store-bought mix, anyway). Simply crush and wet the matzo, drain it, then mix with beaten eggs and cook. It's a popular item on Ashkenazi Jewish tables, especially when sprinkled with sugar, and way better than its meager ingredient list could ever possibly suggest.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 2 to 4 servings

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  • 4 sheets matzo (about 1 1/2 ounces; 40g each)

  • 4 large eggs

  • Kosher salt

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing the pan

  • Granulated sugar, for serving


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, crush matzo sheets into small pieces. (Exactly how small is a question of personal preference; you can reduce it all to a rough meal, or leave some larger chunks for a more varied texture.)

  2. Add just enough cold water to saturate all the crushed matzo and let stand until softened, about 1 minute. Drain matzo, pressing out excess water, and return to the bowl.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs with a large pinch of salt. Add eggs to matzo and mix well.

  4. In a large nonstick or cast iron skillet, melt 1 tablespoon (15g) butter over medium heat until foaming. Using a soup spoon, dollop matzo batter into pan, forming small oval pancakes. Cook until golden on the first side, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes and continue cooking until golden on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Continue with remaining matzo batter, using additional butter as needed to keep the pan greased; adjust heat throughout to maintain a gentle but active sizzle.

  5. Transfer matzo pancakes to a platter and keep warm. Serve with a dish of granulated sugar on the side, for sprinkling on top at the table.

Special Equipment

Large cast iron skillet or nonstick skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
270 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 115mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)