Ears Looking At You Kid

Hamentaschen

12 Mar Ears Looking At You Kid

Every year, just around Fasnacht, there is a Jewish holiday where we too walk around in costumes. I’m only guessing here, but I can only assume Fasnacht actually evolved from this holiday, but that’s really not what I want to talk about this time. I want to talk about the traditional “Hamentaschen” cookies, cookies which in Hebrew we actually call Haman’s ears. To make a long story short, this Haman dude was not a very nice fella, and we’ve been eating his ears for centuries.

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Before…

This cookie, one of many of it’s kind I grew up with, was made from the usual white flour, refined sugar, butter and so forth (no, I’m not saying butter is bad!). Inside was jam/nutella, and packed on top is beautiful powdered sugar. No normal person can think of such cookies and not salivate at least a little. And eating real food doesn’t mean to not enjoy cherished traditions! So all I did, was take a recipe for old school Hamentaschen, cross out what I refuse to buy or bring into my home, and replace it with the healthier option. I’ve been doing this little “trick” for quite some time, and it’s been working great so far. 

The result was a sweet, delicious and healthy version to our good old hamentaschen. It was difficult not to eat “just one more”. But at the same time it was filling and satisfying. The dough was soft and buttery, the fillings sweet and comforting. This dough can easily be used for savory filling, and we made half a batch in different shapes and it pretty much passed all tests.

 

 

 

Amazing Hamentaschen

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups spelt flour (210g)
  • 1.5 cups whole spelt flour (210g)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
  • 200g cold unsalted butter
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Child labor 🙂

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons kefir/orange juice/sour cream

 

Chocolate Filling

  • 1 heaped tbsp of any nut butter you have at hand
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut
  • cacao or carob powder according to taste
  • Grade C maple syrup according to taste

 

Nutty filling

  • 150g walnuts, pulsed or chopped
  • 3 tbsp grade C maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unrefined sugar (I would not put that in next time as it was too sweet for my taste)
  • 10g butter/coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

  1. First make the fillings. You can also take some jam, mix it with coconut, cinnamon and ground nuts. Or even choose to make some savory fillings. The sky is the limit.
  2. Now pull up your sleeves, mix all of the dough ingredients and work by hand (or use a mixer), until there are no visible butter chunks. Take half the amount of dough, and on a floured surface roll out until fairly thin but still workable.
  3. From now on you can use the kids to make the rest, while you sit back and enjoy a cup of tea 🙂 Using a cup, cut dough into circles, place a bit of the filling in the middle, and close whichever way your heart desires. The original hamentaschen are triangles, with the filling popping out in the middle. But my boys decided to make balls, rectangles and other random shapes, and they all came out great. Let the kids enjoy experimenting with different shapes and sizes.
  4. Now all that’s left is to pop them in the oven on 180°c, until nice and golden. 
I should mention that I doubled that recipe which keeping the fillings the same amount. I had to add a bit of filling after my boys got their hands on the chocolate filling, but generally it would have been perfect for a double recipe.
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    … and after

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1Comment
  • Raquel Levy
    Posted at 21:52h, 13 March Reply

    I love this recipe I’m sure that I’m going to make it very very soon thank you Danna.
    Your recipes all the time the best.

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