13.03.2011 07.Adar ll, 5771
Prepare your own Purim basket, using top chef’s recipes: Whole wheat and fruit hamantashen, vanilla and chocolate chip, sour cream pastry with poppy seeds.
The name hamentash is commonly supposed to refer to Hamam. The pastries are said to symbolize the defeated enemy of the Jewish people, and thus resemble “Haman’s ears.” A more likely source of the name is a corruption of the Yiddish word montashn or the German mohntaschen, both meaning poppy-seed-filled pouches. Over time, this name was transformed into hamentashen, likely by association with Haman. In Hebrew they are called oznei Haman, “Haman’s ears.”
The three-cornered shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. Hamentashen are made with many different fillings, including prunes, nuts, poppy seeds, dates, apricots, apples, fruit preserves, chocolate, dulce de leche, halva, or even caramel or cheese. Their formation varies from hard pastry to soft doughy casings….