Tomorrow is Purim. What's Purim? It's a Jewish holiday celebrating the victory of Jewish people from Haman. Haman planned to kill all the Jews, but his plan was stopped by Mordechai and Queen Esther. You can find more information here, but being more of a cultural Jew, what I care most about when it comes to this holiday are hamentashen!
What are hamentashen? They are triangular shaped cookies (because the evil Haman wore a triangular hat) filled with jams, poppy seed spread or chocolate. I've made them several times before with less than stellar results. This year I decided to try a recipe from Jewish Women International Magazine. This recipe used butter, flour, sugar, egg and a few extra ingredients. I followed the directions closely, but instead of molding the cookies by hand, rolled them out. The dough held together pretty well, and provided the best results by far compared to the other recipes I've used. But it still wasn't 100% fool proof. Maybe 100% fool proof recipes just don't exist?
For the filling I used organic fig spread I received from Jenny of Gusto: Eating with Pleasure and also a store-bought apricot jam.
I rolled the dough in between two sheets of wax paper and used a biscuit cutter to make the round shapes for the hamentashen.
Make sure not to overfill these cookies! Just put approximately a teaspoon of the filling in the middle of each round.
Then form the dough into a triangle shape. The recipe that I linked to in the beginning of the post has more directions, but it's really not that hard. Just make sure to pinch the sides together so that they don't come apart while baking (some of mine did!).
Here are the results:
The saucer below is a gift from my friend Era: love it's delicate gold edges.
A few of my friends who got to try these liked them. I was pretty pleased with them too. Will try to improve on the recipe or attempt a new one next year.
And now a question for you: What's YOUR favorite filling for the hamentashen?