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Trent



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:39 pm    Post subject: HAMANTASCHEN Reply with quote

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons packed finely grated fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
filling

Into a bowl sift or mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl beat shortening, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. Add zest and juice and beat until incorporated. Add flour mixture, stirring, until a smooth dough is formed. Gather dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375° F.

On a lightly floured surface roll out half of dough 1/4 inch thick. With a 3-inch cutter cut out as many rounds as possible. Transfer rounds with a metal spatula to a large baking sheet, arranging about 1/2 inch apart. Reroll scraps and cut out more rounds. Put 1 teaspoon filling in center of each round and fold up edges to form triangular cookies resembling a tricornered hat, pinching corners together.

Bake hamantaschen in middle of oven 20 minutes, or until pale golden.

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So -

- With what do you fill your Hamantaschen?

- Do you pinch them together all the way or let some filling show?

- Do you mix fillings or keep them separate?

- Do you deliver your Hamantaschen to friends?

- Do you make them with freinds in a big Hamantaschen filling party?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And while they're baking, some apropos reading:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226100235/
(don't forget to go through the Tapir link!)

I've been to this debate a few times, and it's hysterical. For example, seeing one of the world's premier physicists -- Leon Lederman -- arguing that one can't pick either latke or hamentash as more important, because the duality of all things (matter/anti-matter, etc.) suggests they must exist in tandem.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never made them, but it seems easy, and they look scrumptious.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a chipper little tune, isn't it?

It means no worries for the rest of your life
It's our problem-free philosophy

Hamantaschen.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1L wrote:
Never made them, but it seems easy, and they look scrumptious.

Yes and yes.

1. There is only one filling -- mohn (poppyseed)

2. Not let the filling show? Then it's a pierogie, not a hamantasch. Besides, how would I be able to pick out the mohn from the wannabes if I can't see what's inside?

3. Mix the fillings in one hamentash? Doesn't make sense. Do I make large batches using varied fillings? On rare occasion, under duress. See (1) above.

4. Absolutely I share. Isn't that the point?

5. No. This is quality family time.

You forgot another important question: is the dough flaky like pie crust or softer, more cake-like? Only one answer -- more pie-crust-like, but sweeter.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, good final question. I agree, flaky pie crust (like this recipe).

You hide the filling because that is more traditional. I found this:

Quote:
On Purim, many people serve foods that are "covered" or "hidden" since this theme of hidden Divine Providence is what runs throughout the Purim story.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trent wrote:
You hide the filling because that is more traditional. I found this:

Quote:
On Purim, many people serve foods that are "covered" or "hidden" since this theme of hidden Divine Providence is what runs throughout the Purim story.

Source? I've never seen "covered" hamentaschen.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beth wrote:
Source? I've never seen "covered" hamentaschen.


I don't have a good source. I will ask about. The quote above was from the web. But I have seen "covered" hamentaschen many times. It is also analagous to opening a wrapped president.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beth wrote:
Trent wrote:
You hide the filling because that is more traditional. I found this:

Quote:
On Purim, many people serve foods that are "covered" or "hidden" since this theme of hidden Divine Providence is what runs throughout the Purim story.

Source? I've never seen "covered" hamentaschen.

Talking to myself... Is the source Aish? If so, I would like to point out that the above quote was a lead-in to the squash recipe and doesn't relate to the hamantaschen recipe. I repeat: I've never seen covered hamantaschen. It must be a southern thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hamantaschen hint to this hidden aspect of Purim, since the poppyseeds are hidden inside the dough.

- http://ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/57/Q1/


Quote:
Hamantaschen (and kreplach), with their fillings hidden inside, are symbolic of the hidden aspect of the miracle of Purim.

- http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=5877


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Now, on to those delicious hamantaschen of varying fillings and recipes. Some say they are meant to remind us of Haman's hat or his ears. But they are also symbolic of that which is hidden within. God's hand, so to speak, was hidden during the whole Purim episode - the incidents that led up to Esther being crowned queen, Mordechai overhearing the palace guards' plot to kill Ahasuerus, etc., seemed quite natural. But they were - like everything in life - divine providence, God's way of putting together an intricate puzzle.

- http://www.jewishaz.com/jewishnews/050318/torah.shtml


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The pastry itself is filled with poppyseeds, prune, almond paste, or various jams. Another tradition has it that the filling, which is hidden in the traditional yeast dough, symbolizes God's hidden presence.

- http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Purim/TO_Purim_Home/Foods.htm


God was hidden
Esther's religion was hidden
Identities were hidden behind costume
Fillings may be hidden

Happy Purim!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, the southern thing is the chocolate chip and peanut butter filling. THAT, my friend, is southern...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It is also analagous to opening a wrapped president.


Like I really want to unwrap a president.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cpg wrote:
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It is also analagous to opening a wrapped president.


Like I really want to unwrap a president.


It was good enough for Monica.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife was just reading a feminist take on Purim. Um, these things may not be Haman's hat, but instead, "pre-spring, full moon fertility cookies, 'self-generating pubic triangles filled with black seeds, suggesting the potency of female generative power.'" (internal quote from a Rabbi quoted in the article)

Shocked

It all takes on new meaning.

Nibble on that.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trent wrote:
My wife was just reading a feminist take on Purim. Um, these things may not be Haman's hat, but instead, "pre-spring, full moon fertility cookies, 'self-generating pubic triangles filled with black seeds, suggesting the potency of female generative power.'" (internal quote from a Rabbi quoted in the article)

Shocked

It all takes on new meaning.

Nibble on that.


I'd rather nibble on a banana. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Trent. I may never have raspberry hamantaschen again.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made these tonight, 2 weeks late. The winner winner was the fig jam with chocolate chips!
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