Feb 19, 2013

Sweet Origins: Hamentashen

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins

Photograph courtesy of Food Network.

Purim is this Saturday so we thought it would be a fun time to do a Hamentashen sweet origins. Purim┬ácelebrates the defeat of Haman. To celebrate his defeat, it is traditional to bake this triangular jam-filled cookie to remember both Haman’s triangular pockets {which was said to be filled with bribe money} and his clipped ears. Pastry dough is cut into circles, filled with thick poppy seed or a prune filling and then three corners are pinched together to create a triangle shape before they are baked. We found some great tips here, which include both a dairy and pareve version. This dairy version also looks great. On Purim, it is traditional to also dress up in costumes. If you celebrate Purim, what will you be dressed as this year?

On another note, I’m headed to Israel for the first time next month! I’m really excited. We have a pretty packed itinerary, but if anyone on here has recommendations for must-see places in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, I’d love to hear!

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