I’m a hamantaschen expert, you know.
And what makes one a hamantaschen expert, Poppyseed??
- You have to learn from another hamantaschen expert
- You have to practice. A lot.
Bubbe taught me how to make hamantaschen. She’s an expert, you know. And she always lets me do the pinching. That’s my specialty. The pinching part.
For the record, Bubbe really is a hamantaschen expert. Though she has scaled back her hamantaschen operation, there was a time that she made enough of these delicacies for the entire congregation.
Frume Sarah, on the hand, is not an expert. Every year, I attempt to make hamantaschen that NEVER taste as good as Bubbe’s. So this year, a new tactic.
I’m not using Bubbe’s recipe.
Since I can’t make them as good as Bubbe using her recipe, I decided that I would seek out a new recipe. I had planned to try out new recipes in the weeks leading up to Purim. With the recent events in our family, I had to go with Plan B; choose just one new recipe for this year and hope for the best.
[This one was recommended by my friend, and classmate, Rabbi Susan Lippe. I adapted the filling suggestions.]
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package moist yellow cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup Solo cake and pastry filling (any flavour), chocolate spread, Nutella, etc.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and flour. Stir in the eggs and water to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch round circles and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Place a teaspoon of filling into the center of each cookie and pinch the sides to form three corners. Moisten with water if necessary.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
[There was a request for peanut butter. Now, it will come as no surprise that I am a traditionalist. I never thought that I would veer from lekvar, apricot, etc. Chocolate was a compromise that I made early on in order meet the needs of the kidlets. But peanut butter?
Tasted good…but with hamantaschen, one must not discount presentation. ]