Hamantashen or Hammentashen is the ever-popular, traditional treat served during Purim. It is a three-cornered cookie stuffed with a tasty poppy seed-honey filling or some other equally delightfully filling. These cookies are also referred to as “Haman’s Pocket”, “Haman’s Ears” and “Haman’s Hats”.
makes: 2 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
poppy seed & honey filling, below
apricot filling, below
Sift flour; set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg.
Add milk and vanilla.
Stir in flour until dough forms a soft ball.
Cover and refrigerate at 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Shape dough into a ball the size of a peach, then flatten or roll out into 4″-6″ disc.
Place some filling on each disc.
Bring edges together to form a triangle.
Pinch the seams together from top down to the corners.
Brush tops with egg yolk.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Poppy Seed & Honey Filling
1 cup poppy seeds
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup honey
zest from 1/2 lemon
1/8 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
In a saucepan, combine poppy seeds, milk, honey, lemon zest, sugar, and salt over medium-low heat.
Cook until mixture thickens, stir constantly.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add egg and beat well.
If mixture is too thin, return to heat for a few minutes
3 parts dried apricot
brandy or water
2 parts butter
Soak apricot in water or brandy for 30 minutes.
Puree apricots and butter together.