Hamantaschen are delicious buttery triangular shaped biscuits made for Purim which is at the beginning of March (March 9-10 this year). While they look deceptively easy (I mean how hard is a jam drop cookie?), there are definitely some tricks to ensure that you get perfect Hamantaschen every time!
I learned about how finicky Hamantaschen are the hard way. I made them with a few different types of jams and the one using an apricot jam with a lot of jelly and less fruit was a disaster. I didn't even take pictures of them I was so embarrassed.
There are several keys to neverfail hamantaschen. The first one seems obvious but never overfill the cookies with jam. Just one teaspoon will do and no more (even though you will be tempted as they will look like they can take more). The second is to make sure that the cookies are refrigerated before baking them. You need to refrigerate these for 30 minutes on a cold day or up to an hour on a hot day. Otherwise I'm afraid that your hamantaschen might split apart and the jam spreads out all over your baking tray and it's very unattractive not to mention a waste of jam.
Speaking of unattractive, I became slightly disfigured from this batch of hamantaschen because like always, my greed got me. I was so curious to try these that I took a bite of them when they were out of the oven only waiting a couple of minutes. The lava hot jam burnt my bottom lip so that I developed a big blister on my bottom lip. Perennially vain, I iced it and then added some Burnaid and then slapped on some red lipstick on it because I had to go out.
Coincidentally I was going to the house where the Monday Morning Cooking Club meet every week. They're a super lovely group of four women who have created wonderful cookbooks based on their Jewish heritage. I didn't time this recipe blunder to coincide with this visit. I just wanted to make some hamantaschen and when I saw that they had a plate of them out I asked them for their tips! I only wish I had seen them before I made a batch with bonus blister. Happy Hamantaschen-ning everyone!
So tell me Dear Reader, how often do you burn your mouth or lip on hot food? What is your favourite temperature to eat food? Mr NQN likes cold food so he can eat it quickly!