Recipe for Purim: Hamantaschen

Published on Friday, 22 February 2013 by Webmaster

Recipe for Purim: Hamantaschen
On Purim (Sunday, March 24) Jews celebrate how Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from annihilation. With costumes, food baskets (mishloach manot), hamantashen cookies (oznay haman), a festive meal, and carnivals, Purim is a favorite Jewish holiday for children and adults.

For the dough:

2 sticks cold butter cut into cubes
21/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup brandy 
Lemon zest (opptional)

For the filling:
About 1 cup Nutella spread

1. Mix the butter, flour, sugar and vanilla extract in a food processor until you get crumb mixture.
2. Add the egg yolks and brandy and process just until a dough is formed. Try to work as little as possible.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill an hour - two hours in the refrigerator.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place circles on the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon 1 teaspoon of Nutella spread onto the center of each circle. Pinch the sides of each circle to form a triangle, covering as much of the filling as possible.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven (350F), until light golden brown.  

Happy Purim!!!

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