Suddenly Sauer: Preserving Food and Tradition in a Modern World

Hamentashen. Purim Potluck Comes Home
February 27, 2010, 8:22 pm
Filed under: food

It began because Amit wanted to make vegan hamentashen.  These traditional Jewish Purim treats, modeled after the Purim story villain Hamen’s three cornered hat, have honestly never been that exciting to me.  Nonetheless, I always acquiesce when desert is involved, and I was more than happy to help her realize her kitchen dreams.

I found a recipe from Elana’s Pantry, a blog that always provides when I’m looking for alternative baking recipes, and especially so for Jewish treats.  Sure enough, her recipe for vegan hamentashen was simple as pie (actually, easier than pie) and Amit set about making the batter immediately.

In the food processor we blended:

2 cups pastry flour
2 cups bread flour
4 Tbs honey
2Tbs vanilla
4Tbs water
4Tbs walnut oil

Once it was sticky enough to hold together, she stuck it in the freezer to chill.  A half hour later, she tried to roll out the dough but it was too crumbly.  Instead she ended up rolling individual balls, pressing them into disks, spooning raspberry jam into their centers, and folding and pressing the sides together to make a triangle.  I added some more water to the dough as we shaped it, which helped make the process easier.

This is what the dough looked like before we added water… it was too crumbly to work with- note the cast aside rolling pin in the background

The finished product, however, was beautiful.  And the dough was good and crunchy, the perfect compliment to the jelly filling!

When dinner was over, Amit treated us all to a retelling of the Purim story, complete with audience participation, loud booing whenever Hamen’s name was spoken (we didn’t have gregers (spelling?) but we tried anyway) and all manner of side stories, reminiscences, and feminist re-interpretations.  All in all, it was a successful first attempt at celebrating Purim since the bygone days of congregational Purim carnivals.  No free goldfish, but lots of good company.  Beginning to create a vibrant Jewish community, with the help and participation of Jews and non-Jews alike, has been deeply satisfying.  Thanks to everyone (Amit especially) who continues to partake in this revitalization.  I can only hope it continues.


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niiiiice! i wanted to make hamentashen so bad with my summer jams but i just didn’t have time. i’m glad you did.

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