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The Annual Baking Of The Hamantashen

Happy Purim, everyone!

There's no dance class today because of the ball in Madison last night. (I didn't go; instead, I finished the argument for my first chapter of La Dissertation!) So today I'm heading up to the Chicago citywide singing in Wicker Park. Because it's Purim, the holiday of acting like a complete loon, I decided to make hamantashen to bring to the singing.

Every year I start out with the best intentions of making the Best Hamantashen EVAR. And every year I am reminded that, when one is making fiddly little pastries that one only makes once a year, one does not have enough practice. This year's highlight came when I accidentally managed to start the food processor (for the prune filling) without the lid being clamped on tightly enough, causing a dramatic spray of orange juice and prune bits over my kitchen. There's never the right amount of filling for the dough, so after the prune filling ran out, I used jam. The hamantashen made with the quince preserves seem to have worked out okay, and only three of the ones with blackcurrant jam leaked too badly to save.

I guess I did okay this year. Must remember to make sure the lid to the food processor is on really really tight next year.


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Mar. 20th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh I cringed at the vision of the orange juice and prunes spraying everywhere. Not Good!

I haven't had hamantashen in forever. My friend's mom also made a bread called Ojos de Haman. That was funny (if a bit scary too the first time I heard the reasoning behind the eggs). I think I'll go try to find a recipe... :-)
Mar. 21st, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
I believe my precise reaction to the spraying of fruit and juice was, "Oh, fucknuggets!" But I did get it cleaned up in the end.

I'd love to see the recipe for Ojos de Haman.
Mar. 20th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Those are the little hat pastries, right? I want!
Mar. 21st, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Yup, those are the hat pastries! I guess they're not easy to come by in supermarkets in Iowa? If you're ever in Chicago around Purim, drop me a line, and I'll bring you some hamantashen.
Mar. 21st, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
You're on!
Mar. 21st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Me too! Me too!
Mar. 20th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yum! Maybe next year you can look back on this entry and know how to make the experience better:D
Mar. 21st, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
I hope I remember to look at this post a year from now!
Mar. 20th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Purim!

I have a friend who makes hamantashen every year for our book club. Well, she really makes it for her vchildren and grandchildren, but the book club gets the benefit of the extras. So Wednesday I'll get to eat hamantashen (unless she finally makes good on her threat not to do it anymore).
Mar. 21st, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I bet your friend has figured out how to make hamantashen without spraying fruit juice all over her kitchen. That must be how grandmothers get to be so good at it. Eventually, all that experience must pile up.
Mar. 26th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, age and wisdom certainly do count for something, but I think you just suffered a mishap rather than making a mistake. I've seen this kind of thing happen (lids not tight enough on blenders) on "Chopped." Admittedly, there are time constraints on that show, but it is professional chefs competing. Oh, and there's the occasional bloody cut as well.

Anyway, we know it won't happen to you again for a good long time. Having to clean the ceiling makes an impression on one. *smiles*
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