Historic matzah available in Portland

Bakeshop owner Kim Boyce will team up with Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer again this year to make matzah using a special recipe culled from the annals of the Spanish Inquisition.

This matzah is available for special order at Bakeshop. Bakeshop also will host a matzah-making class on April 7. Participants will learn to make the matzah and learn about the history and meaning of this recipe from Rabbi Brian.

History of the recipe: In 1503 in Northern Spain, just like she did the year before, Angelina de Leon kneaded dough of flour, eggs and olive oil and flavored it with pepper and honey. She flattened small cakes and pricked them with a fork so they wouldn’t rise. Everything was like it was the year before. Angelina wondered for how many more years she would have to do this in secret. Celebrating Passover was against the law. Her preparations were seen by her maid, Maria Sancho, who testified to the Inquisition – in whose annals the recipe was recorded. Angelina and her family were found to be secret Jews.

To try this historic matzah, order by April 12 for pickup in the store April 17-26. Bakeshop is located at 5351 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland. The matzah is $18 for a half-pound box.

Only 15 spots are available for the 2:30-4 pm, April 7 matzah-making class. All supplies are provided except for rolling pins, which participants should bring with them. Fee is $50.

To order matzah or sign up for the class, call 503-946-8884, email orders@bakeshoppdx.com or sign up online at squareup.com/store/bakeshop-4.

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