Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Fill-In March 21

Happy Purim!

We didn't make it to the megillah reading last night, but I did make some yummy hamantaschen! These cookies are meant to resemble the tri-cornered hat worn by Haman, the nasty advisor to the King and villain of the Purim story (in the Book of Esther). Here is a quick, easy recipe for these Purim treats:

2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 tbsp orange juice
a filling of your choice (we used a variety of preserves: strawberry, apricot, peach, and plum, as well as apple butter. Our favorites were apricot and strawberry. Traditional fillings are made with poppy seeds)

Mix together sugar, oil, and eggs. Add orange juice, flour, & baking powder and mix until it forms a ball. If it is too moist you may need to add some more flour.

Roll out until flat, and then cut into circles 3 inches in diameter (I used the top of a glass.) Place 1 tsp of filling in the center of the circle, and then pinch the sides to make a triangle. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 350F for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned. 

1. Starting to look to buy our first home is so exciting!
2. Strawberry fields are ripe for picking.
3. My hamantaschen recipe sounds like it would taste delicious! And it does!
4. Why does getting a haircut make me feel so good?! 
5. Tibet is something I've always wanted to see.
6. It's sad when I think of the good friends we will be leaving in Baltimore when we move to New Jersey in June.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include going to a Purim carnival and Sunday, I want to discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver at my local book group!


J.C. Montgomery said...

I have family coming up today and thanks to the timing of your wonderful post, I now have something to make for the occasionl. Thank you!

bethany said...

those treats look very yummy! I may have to make some. yum,yum!

great fill-in! (I was too lazy today)

Nyssaneala said...

j.c. - I'm glad I could help out! Let me know how they turn out.

bethany - they are yummy, and they are almost gone already. I might have to make another batch.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Looking for our new house was a blast!! And I got my hair cut two days ago and it made me feel good too!! Good luck with your move...but you're moving farther from me not closer.....=(

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Happy Purim to you, too!

We didn't make it to the Megillah reading, either. I was bummed -- until #2 hit a wall and melted. It was the right call, much as I hate to admit it. I love the Megillah reading!

Teddy Rose said...

I haven't had Hamantaschen in years! My grandma use to make the best!

I will try this recipe with an egg substute and am sure it will be wonderful. My husband, not being raised in the Jewish faith has never had them, but I'm sure he will love them!

tanabata said...

Those look yummy! Buying your first home must be exciting! Good luck with finding the right one and the move.

Janet said...

mmmm, those hamantaschen look GREAT!

Thanks for playing :-)