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Poppy Seed Hamantaschen Scones

23 Feb PoppySconesFeature

Hubby and I are venturing down to DC today – and are lucky to spend some time with good friends (who happen to enjoy whirling Purim groggers as much as I do). As I ride the train down the NE Amtrak corridor, I’m reminded just how much I love the east coast and its cities. It’s a gorgeous foggy day and no matter which town and city we go through, the density is awesomely beautiful.  I’m eagerly awaiting the New York skyline and the Philadelphia rowhouses.

So these aren’t technically Hamantaschen, but they are reminiscent of my favorite purim cookies, both in shape and taste.  These scones evolved from the realization that I had way too much filling – and the knowledge that poppy seeds aren’t cheap!

Although they were born of circumstance, they are a delightful addition to my Purim celebrations.  I wouldn’t dare suggest giving up on traditional Hamantaschen, but these scones are certainly worth trying. (Have I mentioned that I love scones before?) Perhaps there are some apricot Hamantaschen scones in my future…

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Poppy Seed Hamantaschen

22 Feb hamantaschenFeature

Purim is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because you are supposed to party.  It also gives me an excuse to bake (and eat) some delicious cookies.

Hamantaschen are a traditional part of Purim – and poppy seed is the best (and perhaps most traditional) flavor. There are a variety of theories about the origin and symbolism of these cookies, but my favorite is that they are shaped like the triangular hat worn by the villain in the book of Esther.

Whatever their origin, they are delicious.  I’ve made countless batches over the years, but this recipe is my crowning achievement – I finally nailed the perfect cake consistency with a light citrus flavor.  Though I rarely bake with Crisco, it turns out to be critical.  The filling is incredible as well – the almond flour brings out the nutty flavor of the poppy seeds and helps thicken the consistency.

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Hamentashen – Allergy-free and (almost) perfect

6 Mar BakedCookies

Purim is one of the most fun and exciting holidays on the Jewish calendar, but also one of the most overlooked in America. It is a celebration of the survival of the Jewish people living in Persia (long ago) from extermination.

Each Purim, we read the biblical story of Esther. The heroes of the story are two jews, Esther and her cousin Mordecai, while the villain of the story is Haman. Loooong story short, Esther is able to save the Jews and we celebrate her victory. We eat cookies shaped like triangles, that are the same shape as the villain’s (Haman) hat – thus the name hamentaschen. We also give gifts of food (enter cookies again) to friends and loved ones and donations to charity.

The reading of the book of Esther is a celebratory occasion, where the story can be acted out and people dress in costume. Every time Haman’s name is read, we make loud noises to “blot” out his name. It is also commanded that we eat, drink, and celebrate – it is suggested that one drinks until they cannot tell the difference between Haman and Mordecai – though opinions vary on how drunk this is.

Yesterday, I made cookies for the students that participate in our school’s Jewish affinity group to celebrate Purim. Baking for kids with allergies can definitely prove trying, so these cookies prevent (almost) any issues – they are gluten, soy, egg, nut, and dairy free!

Even if you aren’t Jewish, or in need of allergy free treats, these are tasty cookies for anytime of year, so give them a whirl.

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