Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Last week, Jews around the world celebrated a holiday called Purim.
In many ways, it has become a children's holiday (complete with children dressing up in costumes and going out to homes for treats of candy and other sweets - a celebration, by the way, totally unrelated to Halloween) but the holiday has a grim, adult theme - the undoing of a villain called Haman, who tried to get all of the Jews living in his country killed by their King. The story is told in the Old Testament Book of Esther.
It is said that Haman wore a three cornered hat, and one of the delights of Purim are three cornered foods, among them a cookie called hamantaschen.
As a college student, I would hand make hamantaschen each year. The dough, traditionally, should have an orange taste to it. The filling, in my family's tradition, was prune (lekvar) but as I was not a fan of prunes (and I'm still not), my choice was poppyseed.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of filling recipes available online, if you are so inclined. Some are not at all traditional.
Candy cane? Peanut butter and chocolate? Cheese and onion? Why not?
I haven't made hamantaschen in many years, so I don't have a picture of this triangular filled cookie to show you, but this recipe sounds a lot like the recipe I used to make.
Maybe one day, I'll start to bake again.
I was hoping to join Bellybytes at Mumbai on a High and Shilpa Gupte at Metanoia for their linky party at #FlavoursomeTuesdays but I'm not feeling the greatest right now, so, perhaps next month.
Do you have a favorite holiday recipe - any holiday?