Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TWD - Hamantaschen


For Tuesday with Dorie this week, I have made Hamantaschen.  These are Jewish cookies made to celebrate Purim (which was from 28 February to 1 March this year).  

These cookies have three corners to represent the three-cornered hat worn by Haman, the Persian Grand Vizer and the villain in the story who wanted to kill all of the Jews because Malacai  refused to bow down to him.  Malacai and his mother Esther learned of Haman's plot, saved the Jews and did away with Haman.  I have wanted to make Hamantaschen
since first seeing a recipe for them in The New York Times, so TWD finally got me to make them.  I made the full batch and got 23 cookies (Dorie says 24 so I was pleased).

The cookie dough is very like rugelach dough, and is not easy to work with.  Once it is removed from the freezer, you have to work with it quickly, otherwise it sticks to everything and tears.  The cookies are filled with a rough dried fruit jam. They taste like an Arnotts Spicy Fruit Roll.  I quite liked them, but they won't feature regularly in my house because the dough is hard to work with.

To see what the other Dorie cookie bakers made this week, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.

7 comments:

  1. I also found the dough tricky to work with but they tasted amazing!

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  2. Oh what a shame about the dough-spicy fruit rolls are one of my favourite cookies!

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  3. Interesting background with the cookie, good that Malacai and Ester foiled his plan. I've heard of the cookie but have never eaten one, they sound really delicious and look great!

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  4. Thanks for the Jewish insights as I hadn't heard of these cookies. They have an impressive name and sound tasty!

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  5. Yes this dough is fussy. My husband is sure enjoying them. I am glad you finally got this one off your list.

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  6. They look delicious and I agree about the dough being finicky, it needed plenty of tests in the fridge but still refused to behave. But yum!!!

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  7. maybe you'll try the NYT recipe sometime...it sounds similar to the one i usually make, which is a more forgiving dough. i agree that hamantaschen are yummy.

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