Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Late But Oh So Tasty

Sunday was the holiday of Purim - and if there's one thing you can depend on when it's Jewish Holiday Time, it's some traditional tasty treats. The well known item for Purim is the Hamantaschen - a 3 corner cookie filled with fruit or some other goodness (poppy-seed being my favorite). Of course, you're supposed to have the hamentaschen prepared, and ready to give to friends on Purim - which we weren't able to pull off. Instead, we finished cooking the first batch on Sunday, and made the last batch tonight.

Luckily, they don't taste any less good the day after the holiday.

Here's the recipe we followed:

Mrs. Shafer's Hamentaschen

Cream together: 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil

add 1/2 cup orange juice, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla

add enough flower to make a good, workable dough

At this point, the official recipe ends and we start winging it.

As you can see from the photos below, you'll want to roll out the dough, and use a glass to cut out circles. Drop some fruit (pie filling or preserves work well) in the center, and then fold into a triangle. Drop a dab of flour on top, and wet the corners with some water to provide some extra glue.

Baking time? This year we did 13 minutes at 350°. But we don't write that down and have to figure it out year, after year.

One word of caution: the dough absolutely multiplies. You'll roll out one batch, etch out your circles, and lift up the discarded dough to find you had more than you started with. In other words, the process isn't fast.

But it's definitely worth it!

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