Although my family has never been very religious, I remember that for the period of time that we belonged to a synagogue Purim was a time to wear costumes, play games and win prizes at a bazaar, and watch the rabbi and the other men get drunk while reading the Book of Esther. However, even in the non-synagogue years, we always made Hamantaschen for Purim.
When I first graduated from college, my mom must have given me her recipe over the phone. I know I made it a few times, but today was the first time I’ve made in years. Here’s what I found on my 3 by 5 card.
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- shake of salt
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 to 3/4 cups of sugar
- 2 eggs
- (grated orange or lemon rind)
- oranje juice
- cream sugar and butter
- add eggs beat well
- add flour mixture with rind gradually
- add orange juice to moisten
- refrigerate for an hour
- roll out 1/8 inch
- brush with egg wash
- bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes
Yes, that’s really how I spelled hamantaschen and orange. There are numerous recipes from that year that also say sause. I was a pretty sloppy speller but oranje?
I was really excited to get started and make the most of my recipe and enjoy my hamantaschen. I was especially excited to roll out dough on my counters instead of struggling with that rolled pastry mat.
At this point I felt a little defeated. I knew my second batch was definitely better because the dough was thicker but I hadn’t greased the sheet and I was worried they would also break apart when I tried to get them off.
So I greased a new cookie sheet, dropping it on the floor and scaring away my baking companion Chica who was so patiently sitting by my feet. And then I decided there would be no more hamantaschen but I didn’t want to waste the dough. I mixed together some cinnamon and sugar and sprinkled it over the remaining rolled out dough.
I haven’t tasted one yet but I’m sure that they’ll be sweet and soft and good. I guess if you’re not a raisin fan, they might suck. Mike asked hopefully if the brown things were chocolate chips. I guess that would make them even better but in my frustration I went with raisins first.