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Apple Hamantaschen Galette

Try a family-sized dessert for Purim - a fruit-filled galette in a triangular shape.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 oz. (one and a half sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3 1/2 tablespoons ice water
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Zest and juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Pinch salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 egg
Turbinado sugar, optional

Queen Esther's Jaffa Poppy Seed Tea Cake with Orange Brandy Sugar Glaze

For Purim, make this cake in miniature loaf pans and pack 2 or 3 of them in each Purim basket.

1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups unsweetened evaporated milk or orange juice or half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon undiluted frozen orange juice or orange liqueur
2 tablespoons finely minced orange zest
1/3 cup poppy seeds
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup brandy (or ginger ale)
Zest of 1 orange, finely minced
1/2 cup sugar

Savory Persian Herb and Cheese Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen, the traditional triangular Ashkenazic Purim pastries, are typically a sweet treat. I’ve taken a savory approach here, using spring herbs, a Persian favorite, to honor Esther and Mordechai’s heritage, as well as the season.

For the pastry:
1 1/2 cups (190 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (60 g) whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (170 g) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) pieces
1/2 cup (120 ml) ice water
For the filling:
1 bunch each Persian or regular mint, leek or garlic chives, pepper cress, green onions, and tarragon
3/4 cup (170 g) labneh, homemade or store-bought
6 ounces (170 g) feta cheese, crumbled
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash

Haman's Ears

This recipe is a variation of fried Italian dough, which was commonly prepared in Italian kitchens, but had no association wit Purim. It is a perfect example of one ethnic holiday custom infiltrating general society. 

2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for rolling
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
Finely grated zest of ½ small lemon
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brandy
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Vegetable oil for frying
Confectioners' sugar

Almond Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Use leftover hamantaschen filling in this delicious poppy seed cake!

1 cup unsalted butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
½ cup canned poppy seed dessert filling
½ cup canned almond dessert filling
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat, thick Greek yogurt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt