Hamantaschen 

This recipe for Jewish hamantaschen cookies shaped like a three-cornered hat are representative of Haman's hat (see more about Haman below) and eaten for the holiday of Purim.

These flaky pastries start with a parve margarine dough (although butter can be used for a dairy meal) and are traditionally filled with apricot prune, and poppy seed filling but, these days, even chocolate and other fruit fillings are popular.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/3 cups margarine (room-temperature)

  • 2 large eggs (room-temperature)

  • 6 tablespoons water

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups flour (all-purpose)

  • Fillings of choice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cream together sugar and margarine.

  3. Add eggs and cream until smooth. Stir in water and vanilla.

  4. Add flour, mixing until dough forms a ball.

  5. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate a few hours.

  6. Heat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  7. Pinch off walnut-size pieces of dough and roll into a ball. Press ball between two pieces of waxed paper and transfer to the prepared baking sheets spacing about 1 inch apart.

  8. Place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle of dough. Pinch to form a three-cornered hat.

  9. Bake about 15 minutes or until just starting to brown.

  10. Using a thin spatula, carefully remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  11. Store cookies in a tightly covered container.

Purim Babka

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Ingredients:

Dough:
* 2 oz fresh yeast (or 4½ tsp dry yeast)
* ½ cup warm water
* 6½ cup flour
* ½ cup sugar
* 12 oz margarine (3sticks)
* ½ cup warm orange juice
* 4 eggs
* pinch salt

Filling:
* 2 cup suga
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* ½ cup confectioners sugar
* 1 cup sifted cocoa
* 2 Tbsp coffee granules
* 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

Topping:
* 4 oz margarine (1stick)
* ½ cup sugar
* 1½ cup flour
* 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

To assemble:
* oil for smearing
* 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

 

Directions:

1. Dough: Dissolve the yeast in the water with a drop of the sugar. After it has completely dissolved, combine with the remaining ingredients in the mixer bowl. Mix well with a dough hook to obtain a smooth dough. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.

2. Filling: Mix all ingredients and mix well.

3. Topping: Mix by hand to form crumbs.

4. To assemble: Preheat oven to 350F

5. Grease 3 loaf pan. Divide dough into 3 parts. Work with one section at time.

6. Roll the dough to double the length of the pan (about the size of a cookie sheet) and smear with oil. Smear 1/3 of the chocolate filling over the dough. Roll up jelly roll style and pinch the ends closed. Fold the roll in half and twist 3 times. Transfer to loaf pan.

7. Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle the streusel over the entire roll. Repeat with the remaining two parts of dough.

8. Bake for 1 hour.

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