14 March 2006


Originally uploaded by deepfry.
trips to ann arbor and portland to report on but before that, Happy Purim! last night erin came over and we made hamantaschen...always a fun activity for the whole family! i used the New York Times Jewish Cookbook which seemed safe enough (New York? Jewish cooking? how can you go wrong??) but it was pretty disappointing. its a pretty little cookie pictured here (this one with fig preserves) but i'm more of a crunchy hamantaschen girl and these were a decidedly soft, flaky pastry dough kind of hamantaschen. that we didn't have the time to let the dough chill over night, as suggested, didn't help things either. in some (and by "some" i mean "most") cases, the dough poofed up in the middle, pushing the jam entirely out of the cookie and down the sides. the elderberry jelly and peach jam, both homemade and sold at farmers' markets, lacked, presumably, the pectin to hold themselves together at all. the fig, rasberry and apricot preserves were better suited to the bumpy ride that was the baking process. but even then, many of them looked more like fry dough than hamantaschen by the time they came out of the oven.

but we ended up with about thirty salvagable cookies, some even shaped like triangles! and tonight i attended the kick-off party for a Jewish Literature Book Club Series that featured delightfully cripsy massive hamantaschen, stuffed with poppy seeds and the whole bit. they were perfect. i might do Hamantaschen Round 2: Crispy on saturday night.


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8:07 AM  
Blogger McAuliflower said...

oooo, this could pull me out of my down-with-the-funky-cold-blues.

I have a coworker who's Hamantaschen I'm addicted to. My favorites are the ones filled with orange flavored poppyseeds with a couple cashews sprinkled in.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Deepfry said...

nothing cures a cold like a sugar cookie slathered in jam! your coworkers hamantaschen sound pretty fancy, too. cashew-sprinkled? wow!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Did you prick the dough with a fork before putting the jam on? that usually keeps it from puffing up. if you did do that, well, then...i'm out of ideas. :)

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohmy. i found the perfect gift for you... now i just have to actually hunt it down, buy it, pack it and send it to america.

give it 6 months before you get too excited.


7:09 PM  
Blogger Deepfry said...

dear "anonymous",
i'm excited!! i'm excited!!

dearn nancy,
didn't prick it. i think our first misstep was to skip letting the dough chill overnight. hmm.

9:59 PM  

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