Ma’amoul is a traditional small pastry from the Levant (the area between Syria in the north and Egypt in the south including Lebanon, Israel and Palestine). Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in this area, alongside each other for over 1500 years. Among the many cultural and culinary traditions they share are the date and walnut-stuffed cookies called Ma’amoul.
“You can’t beat a babka!” These immortal words, spoken by Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld, introduced the United States to one of the most delicious but one of the most mysterious desserts in the world.
Chef Jim Solomon, owner of the Boston restaurant, The Fireplace, likes to stir the pot. The award-winning Jewish chef’s recipe for “Spanish Inquisition Remembered” is a boldly named new twist on a centuries-old Spanish chickpea-based stew known as cocido, that will spice up the Purim menu and the conversation around the Purim dinner table.
We know that hamantaschen can be tricky to master. The cookies explode, the dough is too crumbly, the list goes on. So if you don’t feel like going through the hassle of making dough from scratch, just go to the supermarket and pick up some prepared pie crust. Yes, that’s right – pie crust. Then use your favorite fillings like nutella, jam or even savory flavors like pesto and cheese. Watch me and my crazy kids make hamataschen or read below for the full instructions.
Raise your hand if you’re feeling most excited for the festive drinking part of the Purim celebration this year. Yeah, me too. The Talmud actually dictates so much wine be drunk at the Purim meal that by the end of night revelers are unable to tell the difference between the phrases “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai.” Challenge accepted. This Purim, we will mashup our two favorite parts of the holiday, hamantaschen and drinking, into one neat package: the jello shot.
In true Purim fashion, hamantaschen this year are out of control. They’re masquerading as tacos, pizza, ice cream sandwiches, and rice crispy treats. Some are inspired by unicorns, while others dress up as candied apples.
Purim is all about the party, the fun and the celebrating. Get in the spirit this year and host a build-your-own hamantaschen party! Not everyone wants sweet treats these days, so why not make them savory?
When I was growing up, hamantaschen meant two things–a dry, tough, pretty-much-flavorless cookie, filled with apricot, prune or poppy seed filling.
It’s officially hamantaschen season with Purim just around the corner. And one of our favorite hamantaschen creations ever combines creamy, cannoli filing, mini chocolate chips, a drizzle of melted chocolate and powdered sugar. It sounds pretty decadent, but it’s also surprisingly light.