Purim Time!

It’s that time of year again – PURIM TIME! I love Purim. It’s always so much fun to get dressed up, give out mishloach manot to give to friends and family and to have a big old party. I love making hamantaschen. They are a fun family or group project. Last year, my youth group had a big event were we made lots and lots of hamantaschen to donate to the elderly in our community.

Here is a look at the recipe I posted last year so you can get a head start. Hamantaschen, as I said are really quite simple to make, just make sure your rolling surface is well floured and that you have many different fillings, because the more fillings the more fun!

HAMANTASCHEN

(Adapted from my Grandma’s ancient recipe book)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Any filling that you would like
  • Egg white

DIRECTOINS:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is in small pieces

3) Add the egg and orange juice and beat on medium until well incorparated

4) Roll out dough onto floured surface

5) Cut out round circles with a glass or any other cookie cutter about 2-3 inches in diameter

6) Put 1 tsp of filing into center of dough

7) Pick up edges toward the center to form a triangle and pinch the dough together to form a triangle

8 ) Brush the top with a beaten egg white

9) Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until lightly brown

Hamantaschen

Today is Purim!!!!! So in honor of this lovely holiday I made some yummy yummy hamantaschen. For some reason, my dough was incredibly sticky, so instead of rolling it out, I made individual balls and rolled them out in flour so that they wouldn’t keep on sticking to the counter top. As sticky as they were, they turned out great and they didn’t spread out really at all like I worried about.

I got the recipe from our ancient cookbook that my grandmother helped create for her temple when my father was just a wee little boy. It has also the classic Jewish recipes that anyone could ever ask for. The ingredients were very basic, so I didn’t have to go out and buy anything. As I ran-sacked the cabinet looking for some preserves to put in, I discovered that we have about 1000 different jellies. I settled on apricot, blackberry, some raspberry that was already opened, poppy seed and chocolate chip. You can of course pick out any kind that you want!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Any filling that you would like
  • Egg white

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is in small pieces
  3. Add the egg and orange juice and beat on medium until well incorparated
  4. Roll out dough onto floured surface
  5. Cut out round circles with a glass or any other cookie cutter about 2-3 inches in diameter
  6. Put 1 tsp of filing into center of dough
  7. Pick up edges toward the center to form a triangle and pinch the dough together to form a triangle
  8. Brush the top with a beaten egg white
  9. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until lightly brown