Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nosh on Hamentashen

One of the customs of Purim is to make a cookie called a hamentashen. They are named, in Yiddish, for Hamen, the villian of the Purim story. The name translates to Hamen's ears but they are also said to be in the shape of his triangle hat. 
I grew up making insane amounts of these with my sister and mom. We'd give them out as part of our mishloach manot and would love eating the leftovers after Purim was done.
I've always been a fruit filled hamentashen lover. No prune of poppy-seed filling for me! I stick with the fruity apricot and strawberry, when left to my own devices.
Now, I make them in gluten-free form and love giving them out to friends at shul on Purim. They really are easy to make and fun to put together!
There are so many variations of hamentashen recipes. Everyone has their recipe. This is mine, and I think it's pretty good!

Hamentashen

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
4 cups (approx) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup orange juice

Preheat your oven to 350ยบ. Mix ingredients in the order listed. Add flour until the dough doesn't stick to the bowl. Chill the dough for an hour or so (overnight is fine too). Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Press out circles using cookie cutter or inverted cup. Place filling in center and pinch sides up to make three corners. Bake on parchment for 30 minutes or until bottoms are browned.

Bete'avon! (that's Hebrew for enjoy!)
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8 thoughts on the matter:

Lisa said... {Reply}

They look so yummy! :) We are going to try them. :)

tinajo said... {Reply}

Yummy yummy indeed! Hey - email me at tinajoathome@gmail.com and I´ll email you back, I didn´t find any email add to you here?

Sian said... {Reply}

Those look yummy!

Dara said... {Reply}

my problem is getting the points to stay closed!

Leovi said... {Reply}

Yes, very rich, I love these pictures!

Pride In Photos said... {Reply}

Oh my...my mother in law is flying down this weekend...her favorite thing ever is Apricots!!! Thanks for sharing.

Laurie said... {Reply}

They look lovely. I will have to give them a try!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said... {Reply}

Oh how I LOVE learning more about your customs & things you grew up making. LOVE IT!!!! These look fabulous - wondering how critical the orange juice is. Could it be substituted with something else? I would love to make a version of these.