Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe & video)

Mmm hamantaschen. In this part of the hemisphere, hamantaschen is probably the most recognizable symbol of Purim. These three-cornered pastries are usually stuffed with jams and sweet pastes of various flavours. My favourite base recipe comes from Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America,however my own twist is to use a filling of traditional ‘set fruit‘, combined with some chopped apples. This gives the hamantaschen a lovely rummy aroma, with the intense taste of Black Cake that is so familiar of Trinis of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Watch me make my Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen with Daniel Saks of the Jewish Sephardic supergroup DeLeon! :)

Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen
Adapted from a recipe in Jewish Cooking in America
Yield: 36

INGREDIENTS:

Fruit Filling:
1 1/2 cups ‘set fruit
1/4 apple with peel
Juice and rind of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp. sugar

Pastry:
2/3 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 to 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Dash of salt

METHOD:

Pulse the set fruit and apple in a food processor. Add the lemon juice and rind and sugar and mix well.

Make Pastry:
Cream the margarine or butter with the sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and continue creaming until smooth. A food processor is great for this.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Process until a ball of dough is formed.

Chill for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

Assembly:
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Take one fourth of the dough and roll out on a lightly floured board to a thickness of 1/8″. Cut into 2-1/2″ circles. With your finger, brush water around the rim of the circle. Drop 1 tsp. of filling in the center. Then bring the dough around the filling and press 3 ends together.

Bake in a 375°F oven on a well-greased cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes or until the tops are golden.

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  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,C

    Those look heavenly! I know I would love them. I also think that your photo is just gorgeous!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..TWD: French Yogurt Cake and an Irish Blessing

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,C

    Those look heavenly! I know I would love them. I also think that your photo is just gorgeous!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..TWD: French Yogurt Cake and an Irish Blessing

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Those look heavenly! I know I would love them. I also think that your photo is just gorgeous!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..TWD: French Yogurt Cake and an Irish Blessing

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Thanks Susan! :D They are very addictive, perfectly bite-sized :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Thanks Susan! :D They are very addictive, perfectly bite-sized :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Thanks Susan! :D They are very addictive, perfectly bite-sized :D

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    Oh wow. Those look amazing. Really, really delicious. Irresistible in fact…

    The Duo Dishes’s last blog post..A Taste of Home

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    Oh wow. Those look amazing. Really, really delicious. Irresistible in fact…

    The Duo Dishes’s last blog post..A Taste of Home

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    Wow, those are beautiful little morsels. Looking at the filling, I wonder if you could use some figs or dates in that.

    Nate’s last blog post..Barley and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    Wow, those are beautiful little morsels. Looking at the filling, I wonder if you could use some figs or dates in that.

    Nate’s last blog post..Barley and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Duo – Thanks :) They are very delicious :D

    Nate – Figs and dates would be brill!!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Duo – Thanks :) They are very delicious :D

    Nate – Figs and dates would be brill!!!

  • http://www.ehow.com/how_5923007_make-hamentaschen.html Natalie

    Oh my gosh, these look out of this world !
    They’re definitely my Hamantaschen recipe of choice for this year.
    Ever year I find a different recipe for Hamantaschen to try. I’m looking for the ultimate. I think this might be it :-)

  • http://www.ehow.com/how_5923007_make-hamentaschen.html Natalie

    Oh my gosh, these look out of this world !
    They’re definitely my Hamantaschen recipe of choice for this year.
    Ever year I find a different recipe for Hamantaschen to try. I’m looking for the ultimate. I think this might be it :-)