Purim's coming up in a week, and that means one thing:
Those fun, festive, good-old-fashioned tasty triangle pastries filled with jelly goo!
A staple of every shalach manot (aka "Purim Basket"), and the best treat you'll eat on the drunkest holiday of the Jewish year.
If you want a great hamantash from a traditional bakery, we recommend Breads Unlimited in Bethesda, Maryland.
But if you don't want to travel that far, try making our Aunty's recipe. We call it "Aunty's Rocken' Hamantashen" - it's the best recipe ever.
- 5 oz sugar
- 3 eggs
- 4 fl oz vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Grated rind of a half orange
- 3 cups of flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
Set one egg aside.
Whisk the other eggs. Combine whisked eggs with sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and grated orange rinds. Stir in flour until the mixture forms dough.
Roll out dough on a floured board until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 3 inch circles.
Place a spoonful of jelly or filling in the center of each circle.
Draw up three sides to form a triangle, then pinch the edges together to hold the shape.
Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl. Brush the unbaked hamantashen lightly with the egg batter.
Bake on 350 degrees for a half an hour. Makes approximately 24 hamantashen.
To make it the way Aunty makes it, use maple syrup instead of sugar (same amount). And, use fruit-juice sweetened jam for the filling.
Don't scrimp on the filling.
And if you're all about trivia, read the Time magazine article, A Real Purim Story: How Hamantaschen Cookies Got Their Name.
Now go getcha bake on!