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Hamentaschen May 6, 2009

Filed under: Other — Diana @ 3:16 pm


As I mentioned below, I was going to make challah. I took out my mixer and found that I was out of yeast! Since the urge to bake was very strong, I had to come up with something else to put in the oven. It only took me a moment before I remembered that while out to dinner last night, my friend Stephanie told me I should make some hamentaschen for her.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, I looked up a few recipes for the dough, and added a few things to make the recipe below.

These imperfect little triangle pastries are a traditional food for the Jewish holiday of Purim (and apparently one of Stephanie’s favorite Jewish treats).

Wikipedia defines it very well:

The name hamantash (המן־טאַש), is commonly known as a reference to Haman, the villain of Purim, as described in the Book of Esther. A more likely source of the name is a corruption of the Yiddish word מאן־טאשן (montashn) or the German word mohntaschen, both meaning poppyseed-filled pouches. Over time, this name was transformed to Hamantaschen, likely by association with Haman. In Israel, they are called Oznei Haman (Hebrew: אוזני המן‎), Hebrew for “Haman’s ears” where children are jokingly told these tasty pastries are the ears of Haman.

I remember being in Hebrew school (with Stephanie) and singing this purim song while munching on our Hamentaschen:

My hat it has three corners.
Three corners has my hat.
And had it not three corners,
It wouldn’t be my hat.

The traditional filling for Hamentaschen is mohn or poppy seed (my mom’s favorite), while I’m partial to fruit-filled ones like lemon and apple. I didn’t have any of the necessary pie fillings to make some of the traditional flavors, but I improvised and used some sugar free red raspberry preserves that I had in my fridge.

Even though Purim was just a month or so ago, I’m already looking forward to making LOTS of flavors next year.



Apple Cake September 27, 2008

Filed under: Cake — Diana @ 4:51 pm

I frequently check this website to see what tasty looking goodies Pete has baked. I’ve never used any of his recipes, but with Rosh Hashanah coming up, I wanted to make something special for my mom.

This cake just screamed Rosh Hashanah to me ( it’s a sweet apple cake for a sweet new year). Pete’s pictures are MUCH better.

I just had my first bite of this cake and it’s TWICE as good as it looks.