Mar 212012

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
1 egg
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
1 egg

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

Apricot Filling
3 parts dried apricot
brandy or water
2 parts butter

Soak apricot in water or brandy for 30 minutes.
Puree apricots and butter together.

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 March 21, 2012  Posted by at 10:25 am Desserts, For Purim Tagged with: , , ,