Monday, 18 February 2013
Apparently, Purim is next weekend. How fitting that we will be able to give Hamantaschen to our friends! But we just have one question. Isn’t Ham disallowed in the Jewish diet? (eeeheheeeeheeeeeeeeee)
In this year’s SAVEUR 100 issue, there is a recipe for a cookie we’d never heard of. It looked great.
[W]e children were served cookies — jam and poppy seed-filled triangles representing, we were told, Haman’s three-cornered hat. Now, the cookies I knew. They were hamantaschen. My grandmother made delectable jewel-like versions year-round; they blew the Youth Center’s dry, cakey ones away. Grandma Syl’s flaky cream cheese pastry was shaped into tiny triangles framing sweet dollops of her homemade raspberry and apricot-pineapple jams.
-Betsy Andrews, Hamantaschen, SAVEUR 100, no.153 (December 2012)
We just happened to have some cream cheese in the fridge. And of course, we always have butter and flour on hand.
We didn’t have any raspberry jam but we do have a jar of our apricot jam in the basement. However, after a brief discussion, we decided it was too precious to use it on anything but bagels or croissants. (Remind me to make bagels and croissants soon!)
So we used plum jam instead. And next time, if there’s no more plum jam left, we’ll use grape jam. If this is wrong wrong wrong, please don’t send the Hamantaschen Police after us. (continue reading…)