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Nosher Picks for Purim Prep!

Purim is less than two weeks away which means it is more than time to start planning for your festive celebrations and making sure you are ready for some hamantaschen baking. I always find that I look forward to baking much more when I have just the right gear, so I thought I’d share what’s been most useful to me in prepping for Purim.

I hate getting bits of flour and dough all over my counter when I am baking, so I love using one of these Jumbo pastry mats in order to roll out dough.

pastry mat

I doubted it at first, but I’ve actually found that a great rolling pin makes a difference. I love this silicone one. It’s really easy to clean and the dough almost never sticks to the surface.

rolling pin

I also want to highly recommend my absolute favorite Silpat. If you don’t already own one of these silicone baking mats, your baking life is about to improve forever. I love baking cookies and challah on these to ensure nothing sticks or burns and everything comes out perfect.

silpat

What to put inside those hamantaschen? My personal vote is for creamy, nutty, chocolatey Nutella. It’s easy, delicious but also a bit outside the bounds of traditional apricot or poppyseed.

nutella

 

Scientific fact: kids love to dress up. And maybe it will keep them quiet for 3 minutes while you finish your hamantachen baking. Well, we can hope. Get them this set of Purim masks.

Purim masks

But since adults love to dress up, too (at least, I do) I love this set of fancy feather masks perfect to distribute at a Purim party.

party masks

I also really love this silly but classic wooden Haman grogger! Forget using it as a noisemaker—I think it would make a great decorative accent for your Purim tablescape.

Haman grogger

Handing out hamantaschen or other treats to your friends and community? I love these brightly colored mini takeout boxes perfect for mishloach manot.

takeout boxes

And if your heart’s in the right place but you want someone else to do the baking for you, send a delicious basket like this one. (Use code AFPUR14 for 10% off orders over $50, before 3/16).

purim-tower

Hope these picks were fun for you. Happy Purim 2014!

Posted on March 5, 2014

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Purim Party Punches

Yield:
10-12 servings


Purim approaches and therefore so do Purim festivities. Put away that bottle of Bartenura Moscato you bought for your lady friends, and try one of these party punch ideas to wow you friends instead. All three of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time, leaving you more time to shake your grogger.

Try this citrusy Rum Punch garnished with pineapple wedges if you’re drink of choice is rum.

Or if you prefer wine or sangria try my super simple “Boxed Wine Sangria.

For a colorful and refreshing vodka drink to serve your guests, try the pomegranate punch recipe below. You can also leave the alcohol out entirely for a delightful virgin punch.

Happy celebrating!

Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients

6 cups pomegranate juice, chilled

2 cups vodka

2 cups seltzer or club soda, chilled

1/2 cup prepared simple syrup infused with orange peel

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

orange peel for garnish

Directions

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly. Add ice cubes to taste, and garnish with pomegranate seeds and orange peel

Posted on February 26, 2012

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