Wednesday, December 16, 2009

9 Days 'till Christmas - Hamentaschen! or Apricot Triangles

Hamentaschen

This is a Jewish cookie, but I make them for Christmas!

Hamentaschen
from Gale Gand via The Food Network

For the filling:

2 cups finely chopped dried apricots

1 1/3 cups orange juice

2/3 cup honey

1/2 orange, zest grated


For the dough:

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg white

1/2 orange, zest grated


Equipment: 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter


To make the Filling: Place the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until soft and the liquid is absorbed. Add water, if needed. Let cool.

To make the Dough: Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, egg, egg white, and orange zest. Add it to the processor and pulse to mix, being careful not to over mix. Divide into 2 disks and chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 2 1/2 to 3-inch disks. (You can re-roll the scrapes to make more disks.) Place a disk of dough down and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Pinch the disk in 3 places to form a triangular shape with the filling still showing in the center. They will look like 3 cornered hats. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Continue until all the disks are made.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. Anything with apricot is a winner to me! I have some lovely preserves I've been saving for a good use, this might be it!

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  2. I love apricots! I bet these are amazing!

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