Bragging Rights

You’re invited to a Purim party/Hamantaschen bake-off.

While you have eaten your weight in Hamantaschen over the years, you’ve never actually made  the delicious little tri-cornered darlings yourself.

You go to Smitten Kitchen. You are, as always, rewarded.

You eschew traditional poppy seed filling in favor of lemon curd and Boysenberry jam.

You realize four hours before judging that you have neither the called-for lemon nor the ambition to go get one.

You swap in a clementine.

You bake up delicious Hamantaschen.

You win the bake-off!!!

You feel slightly like a fraud, since your ‘taschen are, like yourself, all Gentile.

But you still won.

You feel compelled to share the recipe you tweaked.

Brag Worthy Hamantaschen

Bragworthy Tiny ‘taschen
adapted from the Smitten Kitchen recipe

1 c. confectioners sugar
2 c. flour
1/4 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 t. kosher salt
zest of 1 clementine
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp., diced
2 eggs, separated
a splash of milk
lemon curd (I used Dickinson’s that I bought at Stop & Shop)
boysenberry jam (I used Trappist*, cause the monastary is near where I grew up.)

Bust out your food processor, plunk sugar through zest in and pulse it to blend. Your Small Sous Chef can help with the pulse button. Buttons, as we all know, are awesome. Now, get your button pusher to switch to On.

With the machine running, pour in your yolks and cubed butter and let it go until the dough comes together in a mass. Have your child stop the machine, then disappoint him by not allowing him to play with the wicked sharp blade remove the dough.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour at least.

Roll the dough out less that 1/4″ thin. Have your Small Sous Chef help you cut 2 1/2″ rounds with the rim of a wineglass a cutter. Transfer your rounds to two parchment lined trays.

We yielded 4 dozen plus a small ball of raw dough for Mark to sample.

Now, fill half of them with approximately a teaspoon of lemon curd and half with approximately a teaspoon of jam. Mix your reserved eggwhite with a spash of milk. Brush the edges of the ‘taschen with this egg wash. Pinch the sides into three corners. Brush the tops and sides lightly with more egg wash.

Chill for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

I baked mine for 15 minutes per tray, one tray at a time.

When they’ve cooled a little, transfer to a cooling rack.

Bring them to a bake-off and bring home your bragging rights!

*the irony is not lost on me

59 thoughts on “Bragging Rights

  1. As a competitor I have to admit, they really were quite excellent. In fact, we stole some and I plan to imbibe again tonight.

  2. I am 22 kinds of jealous over this. Though I am secretly pleased that you did not make your own fillings like Smitten did.

    lol! you are just too cute, and so are these lil hamantaschen! can you feel how green I am over here?

  3. Congrats! they look beautiful, I had to physically restrain myself from licking the computer screen!

    Everything on Smitten Kitchen is wonderful, I love that lady! This year I tried something I’ve never even heard of before, yeast based hamentashen dough. they were very, very different. and i think good!

  4. Congrats for being featured on freshly pressed. So glad to have discovered your blog. Your hamentashen are adorable! One year we filled ours with raisins, sugar and cinnamon and piped the tops with white icing. We called them cinnamon bun hamentashen and they were a huge hit.

  5. wow! Purim makes Freshly Pressed! Your hamantashen looked beautiful. We made bagfuls ourselves every year and give them to our friends.
    Now, after all this Purim feasting, I have to get myself back to the gym!

    1. Contest puts it strongly-it was a friendly bake-off at a party, and there’s a certain tongue-firmly-in-cheek element to the post you seem to have missed.

  6. FP — You seem to have forgotten a key ingredient in your list here, the one that makes them especially tender :)

    And now for the post-call sleep.

    – J

  7. The story of Purim is one of my favorites. I have always wanted to make these, and had great intentions of doing so last week. Now that I have a prize-winning recipe, surely there are no excuses left. I will make them!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Those things look amazingly tasty, yet cute! And I especially like the part about swapping out lemon with a Clemin’ as I both like those mini-oranges, AND it proves that lazy people are the best thinkers. (Otherwise we’d have to get up, ya know ^_^)

    Glad to hear you won the get together, and I’m totally saving that recipe for later! Thank you for posting it, they look awesome!

  9. I’ve missed something in my life that sounds delicious…must try. Do you deliver? Congrats on Freshly Pressed…love your humour. Have subscribed. :< )

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