As Purim approaches, Jewish bakers around the world make their version of Haman's pockets. At Congregation Agudat Achim, a large baking crew gathers annually to bake 4,000 hamantaschen, to fill mishloach manot package orders.
- 1 cup butter for dairy (use margarine for pareve) -
- 2 cups sugar -
- 3 large eggs, divided -
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract -
- 3 1/2 tablespoons orange juice -
- 1 teaspoon baking powder -
- 1/2 teaspoon salt -
- 4 cups flour -
- Flour for rolling -
- Prune, poppy seed, apricot, raspberry, cherry, or Double Chocolate Filling (recipe follows) -
- Double Chocolate Filling
- 4 ounces dairy or pareve pound or chiffon cake -
- 3 tablespoons sugar -
- 3 tablespoons cocoa, sifted -
- 1 tablespoon butter for dairy, melted (use margarine for pareve) -
- 1 large egg yolk -
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract -
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup -
- 1 tablespoon orange juice -
- 1/3 cup chocolate mini chips -
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets.
2. Cream butter or margarine and sugar at medium speed with electric mixer. Beat in 2 eggs, vanilla and juice.
3. Combine baking powder and salt with flour and gradually add to creamed mixture. Dough will be sticky.
4. Divide dough into 4 balls and cover with plastic wrap. Chill 4 hours.
5. Roll each ball on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut 3-inch circles with cookie cutter.
6. Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Brush rim of circle with egg wash and place 1 teaspoon of filling in center. Pinch edges together to form triangle, leaving center open slightly to expose filling.
7. Place on sheets and bake 15 to 18 minutes until lightly browned. Freezes well.
Double Chocolate Filling:
1. Process cake into fine crumbs and mix in sugar and cocoa. Add butter or margarine.
2. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Add chocolate syrup and juice. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Fill hamantaschen or other cookies, strudel or Danish.