Today, Anne helped me make Hamantashen or Haman's Ears. I know it sounds weird to eat someone's ears, but if anyone deserved, really, Haman did. If you are familiar with the book of Esther, you'll recall that Haman was the wicked, manipulative man who tried to annihilate the Jews. But because of Queen Esther's bravery to take a stand for her people, the Jews were saved. Thus, the celebration of Purim.
"Filled foods such as Hamantashen are typical, as they represent the intrigue associated with Queen Esther and Uncle Mordecai's uncovering of Haman's wicked plot. Sweet foods convey our wishes for a sweet future. Sephardic Jews eat cookies that are fried or baked in the shape of Haman's ear, which was purported to be twisted and triangular in shape."
I also read somewhere that the triangle shape may have represented the shape of the hat that Haman wore.
Here's the recipe:
- 2 sticks of butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- Apricot preserves for filling
1. Cut butter into the sugar. Blend thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla, blending throughly. Add baking powder and flour 1/2 cup at time, blending throughly between each. (It may feel tough at the end, but try to get it all blended in...)
2. Put batter in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
3. Roll it out about 1/4 inch thick and cut circles using cookie/biscuit cutter or a drinking glass. You want your circles to be at least 3 inches wide.
4. Put about a teaspoon of preserves in the center of the circle and fold the sides to make a triangle, overlapping the sides as much as possible so only a little filling shows through the middle. I also kind of crimped the corners to seal the filling in.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until just turning golden brown. Like shortbread, you don't want to over cook these.
Enjoy! These are sooo delicious. Good thing this recipe made like 80 cookies, because they are gonna fly off the plate this weekend.