Hamantaschen (watch this if you want to hear the correct pronunciation) cookies are delightful little bursts of flavor encased in a sweet buttery cookie crust to celebrate Purim. Purim is a momentous celebration in the Jewish faith honoring Esther for foiling the nasty Haman's evil plot back in 473 B.C.
The annual Jewish Food festival is filled with scrumptious treats so I was looking forward to making these cookies.
The Baking Bible recipe offers a choice of poppy seed, apricot or prune filling. I chose all three, halving each recipe. It was quite soothing mixing up each batch. The dough is mixed together in a food processor, kneaded a bit and chilled.
It is then rolled, cut in circles, rimmed with an egg wash, stuffed with filling and pinched into three corners, creating the traditional Hamantaschen shape for a final brush with egg wash. Luckily my clumsy shapes didn't affect the delicious cookies.
Don't they look like they are ready to party?
After a final quick chill off they went to the oven. While still warm, those with poppy seed filling are given a brush with apricot.preserves, which have been brought to the boil, strained and showered with lemon zest. Trader Joe's organic apricot jam never tasted so good..
Time for tea and Hamantaschens. And maybe watch Nicky's Family again. Truly an inspiring story, very much like Esther's.