A Hamantaschen How-To
Growing up, hamantaschen were my favorite cookies. I lived close to Holy Bagel on Masonic and Haight in San Francisco (this fabulous institution no longer exists). On my way to school most mornings, I would pick up one of their giant apricot hamantaschen and a cup of coffee at Holy Bagel. This was such a heavenly combination.
Hamantaschen is a popular cookie during Purim, a Jewish holiday. This year, Purim begins Wednesday and ends on Thursday – don’t worry, you still have time to make these delicious treats. My mom usually sends me a box of home made Hamantaschen every year for Purim. This year, I asked her to send me the recipe, so I could learn to make them. I love baking and enjoy adding new cookies to my repertoire.
The ingredients are pretty basic.
Dry ingredients first:
- 4 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup of oil
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together.
Make a well and add the eggs.
Add the oil and mix. Then mix in the orange juice. Knead until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
Put half the dough on a floured surface and roll out until 1/8 of an inch thick.
Make circles 3 inch diameter. I used the lid of a mason jar.
Put 1 teaspoon of apricot spread in the center of the cookie.
Next fold over one side of the circle like this:
Then, fold over another side and join them with a pinch like this:
Finally, fold over the third side of the triangle, joining each corner with a pinch making a perfect triangle cookie.
As an afterthought, I decided to make a few with chocolate chips to please my son.
I placed my beautiful little cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet and baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
The first set came out like this. Not perfect! So, when I made the next round, I rolled the dough out thinner and I pinched each side of the triangle with extra care.
This was the result, perfectly beautiful hamantaschen. Give it a try. They are delicious during Purim as well as the rest of the year!