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Passover Popover Rolls

Passover Popover Rolls 15.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Mar 28, 2012

Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these have a unique breadlike flavor. They make great dinner rolls: wonderful platforms for butter and jam. Or use them for salami or turkey sandwiches. They are easy to make.

The baked rolls can be stored in resealable food storage bags and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Servings: 15 - 18 rolls
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups matzoh meal
  • 4 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the water, oil, salt and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the matzoh meal and stir until well combined. One at a time, add the eggs and stir to combine, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. The dough will be sticky but firm for forming into rolls.

Have a small bowl of water next to the saucepan to use for moistening your hands while forming the rolls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Wet your hands in the bowl and use them to scoop up about 1/4 cup of dough; the water will keep it from adhering to you. Form the dough into an oval shape, like a quenelle (or a football). Place the portions of dough on the baking sheet as you form them, spacing them about 2 inches apart to give them room to puff up. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the rolls are a dark golden brown. Do not underbake, or they will collapse, because the only leavening is the egg, and the rolls are partially hollow.

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Adapted from California cooking instructor Linda Capeloto Sendowski.

Tested by Becky Krystal.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per roll (based on 18): 120

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 7g 11%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 45mg 15%

Sodium: 140mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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