Survivor | Rachel Roth
Rachel’s children, Ram Roth and David and Leah Chencinski, recall: One of the most popular things our mother made was Passover bilkeluch (rolls). They tasted great warm right out of the oven, and they were even better when we sliced them in half and added some butter, which melted. Our mom would make them fresh on Yom Tov (not sabbath), and family and guests would have them plain while hot.
If there were any leftovers, they cooled down and would last for days, making excellent Pesach sandwiches. We even grabbed them plain or with butter or cheese or as snacks while traveling with the family on Hol Hamoed. For a fleishig meal, we would eat the rolls with chicken fat.
Yields 12 Rolls
2 cups matzo meal
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Combine the matzo meal, sugar, and salt in a large heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the water and oil to a boil and pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients. Stir vigorously but carefully to avoid scalding yourself. Add the eggs one at a time, continuing to stir until well combined.
Spray your hands with a bit of nonstick cooking spray and form the mixture into twelve two to three inch balls. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for fifty minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
Dr. Maria Zalewska is a nonprofit executive, Holocaust educator, media scholar, and author with a track record of strategically planning, developing, and funding cross-institutional Holocaust educational projects, as well as developing media projects from pre- to post-production. Her academic work has focused on the relationship between new technologies, media studies, and Holocaust memory. Her research develops new directions in Holocaust studies and innovative responses to the challenges facing Holocaust education in the digital age. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. Her great-grandfather was killed in Auschwitz.
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