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Way back in August when this website was about to “go live,” Rabbi Shulman and I had a discussion about blogging. I had no idea what to write so I asked him what he imagined we would be writing about in our clergy blogs. Among other helpful things he said, “But I don’t think you are going to be posting recipes.” This has been correct so far.
However in honor of Purim, I’m about to change that. You see for as long as I can remember I have been making Mrs. Wolf’s Hamantashen. Mrs. Wolf was my nursery school teacher many moons ago (when they still called it nursery school) and she introduced us to the easiest, most delicious hamantashen I have ever eaten. They are sweet and cakey and need no rolling or refrigeration which makes them perfect for little hands or big hands with little time.
One of our family’s favorite Purim rituals, actually favorite Jewish rituals of the whole year, has always been to make hamantashen to include in Mishloach manot, packages of sweets and treats to send to friends. So consider this our “virtual Mishloach manot” and make your own hamantashen to share with others.
Mrs. Wolf’s Hamantashen
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1/2 cup margarine
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Your favorite filling
Sift together dry ingredients. Cream margarine and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Add orange juice. Add dry ingredients. Take about 2 Tbsp and roll it into a ball in your hands. Flatten it out into a pancake about 2/3 the size of your palm. Put dab of jam or a Hershey kiss in the middle and fold into a triangle.