Creative fillings aren’t just the realm of Chanukah sufganiyot anymore. Check out these modern hamentashen recipes. How about halva and Nutella, salted caramel and peanut and even colorful confetti dough?
Legend has it that while part of King Ahasuerus’ court, Queen Esther ate only legumes, grains, nuts and fruit as a way to maintain a kosher diet. Hence: lentil stew to honor her.
Meet flódni, the sweet specialty of Jewish Budapest, a humble, but towering cake of five layers of dough and four different traditional Jewish fillings—apple, walnut, poppy seed and plum jam.
Fun hamantashen flavors coupled with the tradition of misloach manot (gift baskets) makes Purim the perfect holiday for a cookie swap. Ask friends to bring one kind; then gather to taste and swap!
Did you know that Kentucky’s famous drink has a Jewish connection? After visiting the Bourbon Trail, Marcia realized the corn spirit would be right at home in hamantashen, the holiday of imbibing’s famous treat.
The Scroll of Esther doesn’t just tell the story of Purim; it also establishes a timeless holiday with customs that are relevant even today and lay the foundation for a more inclusive community.
Paula was no lover of hamantashen until she began to think about them in a more creative way: Who said prune and poppy seed are musts? Must the dough be boring vanilla?
Not a fan of sweets? Though not traditional, with their triangular, pocket shape, calzones fit the bill for an Italian-inspired Purim, especially when filled with eggplant and peppers, beloved by Italian Jews.
This year, it’s all about new, creative fillings—Lemon ginger curd, anyone? How about strawberry rose jam?—and flavoring the dough with spices or zest to make the whole package extra special.
The Purim mishloach manot is like the Jewish version of the Christmas cookie exchange. These unusual recipes will ensure your holiday gift basket is unique.