Hamantashen - Three Cornered Fruit Cakes
|These are three cornered cakes made of either yeast dough or cookie dough. They are
filled with poppy seed and honey mixture, or a nut-fruit variation
1 package yeast
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water or milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup honey 1/2 cup butter
|Hamantashen Yeast Dough
Dissolve 1 package yeast in 1-1/2 cups lukewarm water or milk. Beat 2 eggs, add 1/3rd cup
sugar, and 2 teaspoons salt. Combine 1/2 cup shortening with 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon
vanilla. Make a well in center of sifted flour and stir in dissolved yeast mix, adding egg
mixture. Forms a loose dough. Sift a little flour over top and cover. Chill overnight....
Sift 4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into mixing bowl. Make a
well in the center and add 4 eggs, then 1 cup honey, then 1/c cup butter in that order.
Mix thoroughly during adding. Form a dough thick enough to roll out adding flour if
Roll out dough on lightly floured breadboard to 1/4" thickness. Cut into 4"
rounds. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On each round of dough place a ball of filling
(below) and bring edges together to form a triangle, pinching the seams together from the
top down to the corners. Let rise at room temperature. Brush tops with diluted egg yoke.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees or till lightly brown.
Variaton:1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/4 cup sweet currants.
1/2 cup raisins and/or pitted prunes and/or dried apricots. Combine fruit(s) with 1/2 cup
bread crumbs, 4 tablespoons honey, and a dash of salt and heat over boiling water until
honey melts. Stir well. Remove from heat and cool. Thicken with more crumbs, thin with
Poppyseed and Honey Filling
Combine 2 cups poppy seed, 1 cup water or milk, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/8
teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Cook over moderate heat until thick, stirring often. Cool.
Add 2 eggs beating in thoroughly. Thicken over heat if necessary. Add 1/2 cup finely
chopped almonds or pecans.
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