Matzo Brei from Jennifer of Simply Breakfast

Breakfast with a Blogger

What do our fellow bloggers, writers, and online friends eat, first thing in the morning? We are asking some friends to share their favorite morning nourishment with us. I will cook and eat it too, and bring you their thoughts on what to eat first thing in the morning.

Jennifer's blog, Simply Breakfast, is a stunning example of morning meal magic. Her recipe for matzo brei? It's simply divine.

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Jennifer's blog, Simply Breakfast, is a daily pleasure for me, usually enjoyed during my morning of getting ready for work and sipping on a big mug of tea. Jennifer's almost–daily images of her breakfast meal are inspiring in the gastronomic and artistic sense. She documents her breakfast meal, always drool–inducing and accompanied by gorgeous plates, silver wear and other odds and ends from her life. It's a window into her world, a place where morning ritual is important and you can almost feel the steam wafting up from the rich black coffee. Jennifer's blog reminds us to slow down our morning routine, make something uncomplicated, yet nurturing and beautiful, unplug our phones and computers and settle in for an unexpected, special moment.

About this breakfast Jennifer says:

This is a breakfast that brings up a lot of memories for me. My grandmother used to make it for me whenever she was visiting. It is a traditional jewish breakfast, often eaten during passover. It is matzo brei. It is very simple to make. My grandmother used to top hers with powdered sugar or some type of jelly.

My grandmother was also of the matzo brei–making ilk. It was a pleasure for me to make this easy, comforting dish, because it reminded me of my dear grandma. It's certainly a dish that feels nostalgic and cozy, even if your granny never tried her hand at it. The curds of egg and crushed matzo are meant for each other. They intermix and create something greater than the sum of the parts. I like mine served with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper, but jam and powdered sugar, as Jennifer suggests, I'm sure would also be lovely.

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Matzo Brei
adapted from Epicurious

serves 2–3

4 matzo crackers
4 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until uniformly yellow. Crush matzo crackers with your hands, leaving a variety of shapes and sizes. Pour the crushed matzo into the egg and let sit for about 3 minutes, so the cracker absorbs some of the egg. In a large skillet, melt butter at a medium–high heat. Put matzo/egg mixture into the skillet, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the eggs are set. Garnish with salt and pepper or powdered sugar and jam.

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Thanks Jennifer for contributing to our Breakfast with a Blogger series!

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Related: Passover Matzah Brei

(Images: Leela Cyd Ross and image of Jennifer provided by Jennifer)

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