Also known as Haman’s Pockets.
Doesn’t that totally sound like something you might exclaim in surprise? Like “Odd’s bodkin!” or “Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!” I plan to interject “Haman’s pockets!” in response to a pleasantly shocking situation some time soon. Just to see what happens.
Anyway. Our latest venture from The Joy of Cookies is Hamantaschen, an Israeli cookie according to Sharon Tyler Herbst. A traditional sweet of Purim, the poppy seeds were a little difficult to come by mid-July. The poppyseed filling consists of water, poppy seed, chopped raisins, orange zest, orange juice, honey, sugar, cinnamon, a tiny bit of salt, an egg and chopped toasted almonds. It is wonderful. Memorable. Delicious. And the cookie part ain’t so bad either.
They are, however, a time-consuming little delicacy to make, said the woman with no time. I confess to soaking the poppy seeds one day, then a couple of days later toasting the almonds. Still another day I ground the seeds, chopped the raisins and cooked the filling. Today I finished them. Haman’s Pockets made in little pockets of time here and there. Fitting.