Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kids' Cooking: Matzoh Meal Bagels and Horseradish

By calling this post a kids' cooking idea post, what I am really saying is that kids can help make anything in the kitchen. I have found that the little guy likes to eat things more if he has had a hand in cooking them, and I have been enjoying getting ready for Passover this year by having him help cook. I think it helps him understand the traditions more.

In this session, we made Matzoh (Matzo, Matzah) Meal Bagels and fresh horseradish.

Highlights included cracking a dozen eggs (we tripled the recipe) and sprinkling salt, two perennial favorites. We went over the "thumb way" of cracking eggs, although he still got egg on his fingers and we had to wash it off each time. Another highlight was using the food processor.

A low light of the morning was when we both went in at the same time to smell the horseradish and burned the inside of our noses simultaneously. Another parental activity would be making the holes in the bagels with the knife, since symmetry in execution helps them actually look like bagels.

We experimented with making some of the bagels into muffins, since he LOVES muffins and the muffin papers these days. I don't think it improved anything.

We tested both, and they are both hits. I think I will be the only one continuing to eat the horseradish, though...

Matzoh Meal Bagels 

2 cups matzoh meal 
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
1 T honey 
1/3 cup olive oil (could use slightly less) 
1 cup boiling water 
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix ingredients.
Shape dough into 3 1/2" balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, aiming for 12 bagels 1" apart.
Flatten the balls and make a hole in the center of each with a knife.
Bake for 45 minutes. 


1 large horseradish root, peeled 
2 beets with ends cut off 
2/3 cup white vinegar 
1 T honey 
pinch sea salt 
approximately 1/3 cup water 

Shred horseradish and beets in food processor. 
Add remaining ingredients except water. 
Gradually add water, as needed, to reach desired consistency. 
Store in glass jar in refrigerator.

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