A Dessert to Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them.

Based on the Biblical Book of Esther (Esther 9:22): “As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month, which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.”Exchanging reciprocal gifts of food and drink known as mishloach manot.

Purim is therefore celebrated by:

  • Donating to the poor known as mattanot la-evyonim.
  • Eating a celebratory meal known as a se'udat P
  • 'Purim’. Public recitation, usually in synagogue, of the Scroll of Esther known as kriat ha-megillah.
  • Reciting additions to the daily prayers and the grace after meals known as Al HaNissim.
  • Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.

HAMANTASCHEN DOUGH (AKA HAMANTASHEN / OZNEI HAMAN) Recipe by blucoat

I found this excellent, pareve, hamantash recipe on a forum for Jewish women. This dough is extremely easy to work with and makes a crisp cookie. The cookies freeze very well.

READY IN: 35mins YIELD: 60 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 5 - 5½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

Beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Add oil and beat. Add juice and extracts. Add baking powder. Gradually add flour until it becomes a good dough consistency. Fill with favorite filling and shape. Bake at 350°F on lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes (until bottom is golden).

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