I like to call these beautiful hamentashen…Royal hamentashen! Not only did I make royal icing to decorate the tashen with, but it IS Purim time after all and Queen Esther was…royalty!
For these royal hamentashen, I decided to make minis! It was a little tricky finding the perfect amount of filling so that the hamentashen didn’t open with jam spilling out. After the first batch flopped ( tasted great but popped open) I decided on 1/2 tsp filling in each triangle, and it was perfect.
These chocolate and raspberry filled pastries are decadent! The first time I baked them, the raspberry juices leaking out during the baking process leaving them to resemble bleeding hearts. (Which worked for me since my fam and I dressed up as pirates for Purim!) This year I dusted the raspberries in some flour before placing them in the chocolate, and they did not leak. Either way, they taste divine!
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of chocolate chips
Cut out circles of puff pastry using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass cup. Wet the dough with some water, then place 1 tsp. of chocolate sauce in the center of each circle. Place 1 or 2 raspberries on top of chocolate then pinch the side of the dough together forming a triangle. If you have trouble getting it to stick, wet it with more water. This will help it stick together. Bake in oven on 375′ for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle over hamentashen. These taste great once cooled off and given the chance to slightly harden, otherwise it’s a gooey mess!
I recently moved to L.A. and if I am perfectly honest with you all, these buns are definitely among the top 5 reasons I decided to make the West Coast home! My sister bakes these buns every couple of months and they are incredible. It takes some effort, which is why I don’t actually make them myself but rather wait for my nephews to beg her for some and then grab one (ok, 3) for myself! Know that if you bake these, they will not last more than 10 minutes out of the oven. I am being completely serious, they are THAT good. Also, freeze some and send them my way. Again, totally serious.
The recipe makes 2 1/2 lbs dough and which makes about 30 buns.
Ingredients for Dough:
2/3 cup warm milk (I use soy milk to make it non dairy)
3 eggs room temperature
6 tablespoons margarine cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups bread flour
2/3 cup cornstarch
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
I hate baking. Just the idea of making dough from scratch exhausts me. I love eating baked goods though, so every now and then I will shuffle my way into the kitchen and bake me up something sweet and sugary. I used ready made puff pastry dough from the freezer which makes for a flaky thinner crust, if you have the time and want something thick and doughy, this would also work with your fav pastry dough recipe.
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 package of puff pastry dough, which includes 2 sheets
You can either combine both sheets to form one long sheet or make two danishes one sheet per danish. Roll sheet out, then combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix well. Place in center of sheet leaving room on both sides. (if you are making two danishes, save half of the cheese mixture for the other sheet of dough) You can add toppings of your choice to the cheese, such as fresh fruit like blueberries or chocolate spread. (I made one with cheese and chocolate spread and another with cheese and fresh blueberries) Then cut slits into the dough on either side of the cheese mixture. Starting from one end, crisscross them over the cheese filling creating a braid. Bake on 350′ for 20-25 minutes till slightly golden. Once it has cooled off, drizzle a glaze of confectionery sugar and water over the danish.
I adore Purim. Any holiday that encourages dressing up, eating large amounts of candy and drinking alcohol gets a thumbs up from me. I don’t like to eat Hamantaschen though. The three cornered pastry is a holiday treat and is traditionally filled with poppy seeds and various jams. Devouring it is symbolic of overcoming evil.(more on that HERE) I do like to engage in all the festivities and since I run a food blog, I felt it was necessary for me to bake some. I like chocolate and savory foods, so I came up with the following three versions that were in the spirit of the holiday but tastier than the usual selection.