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Hamantaschen with Ganache and Salted Caramel

Yield:
2 dozen

hamentaschen

As you may remember from my post last year about Hamantaschen…I am typically not such a big fan. The ones I remember growing up with were always dry and crumbly.Until I found my friend Rachel’s Hamantaschen recipe, I had written off the triangle treats entirely.

Last year I made PB & Jelly flavored hamantaschen as well as a s’mores flavor. And this year I am happy to share a new flavor: Dark Chocolate Ganache with Salted Caramel Drizzle.

I know some people are “so over the salty sweet thing;” but I am not. My favorite chocolate will always be chocolate covered pretzels.  And you know what’s better than chocolate covered pretzels? Chocolate covered potato chips. And perhaps the best? The peanut butter filled pretzel bites covered in milk chocolate from Trader Joe’s. But I digress.

I surprised even myself with this recipe – it is really delicious, and both my husband and I could not stop eating these.

My tips:

Rachel’s Best Hamantaschen dough often requires a bit more than merely 1 1/4 cups flour it initially calls for. Also, keep flour-ing your work surface as you go.

Plan ahead – you really need to make the dough and the ganache ahead of time because they both need to chill properly before making them.

Pinch pinch pinch! Pinch those corners, otherwise your filling will spill out and make for ugly cookies.

Hamantaschen with Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel Drizzle

Posted on February 11, 2013

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Seeking: Persian Purim Treats!

PurimI have had a lot of confessions this week…so here is yet another one: my husband and I are obsessed with all things Persian! We have a number of close friends from Iranian-Jewish families, and we have always been fascinated by their traditions, history and (of course) FOOD! But this interest has reached new heights over the past few months.

Last week writer Esther Amini welcomed us into her home for Shabbat lunch, where we enjoyed home-cooked Persian rice and two kinds of Persian stew including my favorite, ghormeh sabzi. My husband has also been experimenting with some Persian-inspired recipes from the cookbook Jerusalem, which have been delicious, if not somewhat time consuming to prepare.

And I would be remiss not to mention my husband’s almost-obsessive interest in the Bravo TV show Shahs of Sunset (his favorite character is Reza). While their typical Bravo-drama antics may be what is “entertaining,” a glimpse into the Persian immigrant culture of Los Angeles has been fascinating. A few of the characters even come from Iranian-Jewish families including handsome Mike and the ever-hysterical Reza, whose father is Jewish.

Purim is coming up soon, a holiday truly steeped in Persian history and tradition. The Book of Esther recounts the story of Purim, telling of how the Jews of Persia were saved from destruction. Purim is truly one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, when we are obligated to drink, eat and celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than to share in the diversity of Jewish traditions and foods!?

Well, all this is to say….we are looking for YOUR Persian Purim recipes! If you’ve got a great family recipe and story to share, we would love to feature it for our readers. Email us your recipe, a photo if you’ve got one and if appropriate, a short story about the recipe, to TheNosher.Contests@gmail.com.

Deadline is Friday, February 15th at noon. We can’t wait to see what treats you’ve got  – and try them out for our own families.

Posted on January 30, 2013

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Best Hamantaschen Recipe


Confession: I do not love Hamantaschen. Most varieties are dry, crumbly and tasteless. But a few years ago I had a friend’s recipe and so now I have amended my original opinion and I can say: I only like Rachel’s Hamantachen!

Rachel and her mom graciously shared their Hamantaschen recipe with us so that we can all say buh-bye to dry Hamantaschen forever.

Best Hamantaschen Recipe

Posted on February 29, 2012

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Savory Hamentashen

A friend of mine posted a photo this weekend of mashed potato and spinach hamantaschen from a bakery in Tel Aviv, and I was completely floored. Potato and spinach hamantaschen!? I had never seen such a treat, nor tasted one.

Well as the New York Times reported last year unique flavors including savory varieties are all the rage when it comes to Hamantaschen in Israel currently.

I haven’t tried to make any yet, but it seems like I might have to soon!

If you want to go for an innovative Hamantaschen recipe you can try these Savory Hamantaschen with onions and feta cheese by Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz.

In my recipe browsing I also came across a recipe for Pumpkin filling Hamantaschen and onion and mushroom filling Hamantaschen.

Happy cooking!

 

 

 

Posted on February 27, 2012

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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

Posted on February 26, 2012

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