Hamantaschen means Haman's hat, a traditional Jewish cookie that is eaten during Purim festival to remember the defeat of their enemy named Haman. Read story here.Haman wore a triangular hat, and so.. that was the reason for the shape of the cookie. In Israel, they are known as Oznei Haman, as in Haman's Ears.
There are many variations of the dough on the internet. Some are crispy, some cakey, some yeasty,some made with oil, some butter. Traditional fillings are like poppy seed, prune and apricot. More modern varieties like chocolate and strawberry jam are also found nowadays. I decided to go with apricot as I like the colour.
I altered a bit of the recipe, because I am not very confident of moulding it in our weather to stay as a triangle in my hands, later they turn into balls, hahaha! I think I overworked the dough. It was a little bit too crunchy, as this ratio is something I have made before, but it wasn't like this.
My dried apricots weren't too fragrant, and so the apricot butter wasn't as splendid as I wished. But it's a good alternative for a low sucrose filling.
Adapted from: Shiksa in the Kitchen
150gm dried apricots
60gm orange juice
3 Tbsp sugar
90gm butter (I used salted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest
180gm flour (I used more than the recipe)
1. Cut apricots into small pieces.
2. Combine with all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer (lid on) until the apricots are soft and liquid is left to around 1-2 Tbsp on the base of the pot.
3. Puree or mash the apricots.
4. Keep in fridge, covered until time of use.
5. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in egg and beat until smooth. Add in vanilla and orange zest and beat for a while. Add in flour and mix until combined.
6. Wrap dough in cling wrap and keep chilled for 1hour at least. Or you can chill it overnight.
Shaping and Baking
7. Take the dough out from fridge. Unwrap dough, divide dough into 3 portions. Roll each portion into 3-4mm thick, cut with a 2.5 inch round cutter.
8. Put some filling in the center and fold the 3 sides in, one corner overlapping the other.(see pic)
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 17 minutes or until the corners start to turn golden.
*Filling amount was left with 1tsp when dough was used up.
I used a cut up soft drink can to cut the dough, because it was the size that I want. See here on how to cut the can
I am submitting this to Asian Food Fest West Asia Month,
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