Purim Hamantaschen (Stuffed Pastry Dough With Filling)

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 30 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • COOKIE DOUGH:
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Work in butter using a pastry blender or two forks, one held in each hand.
  • Add the eggs, mixing in with the pastry blender.
  • Add the lemon peel.
  • Form the dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper, and refrigerate for atleast 1 hour.
  • YEAST DOUGH:
  • Sprinkle the yeast over 1/4 cup lukewarm water (105°F); add a pinch of sugar, and set aside until foamy.
  • Put 2 cups flour in a large bowl and add the yeast, milk, salt, and remaining sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add the butter and enough flour to produce a dough that is moist and pliable.
  • Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place in a large greased bowl.
  • Cover with a dish towel and set aside to rise, 1-1 1/2 hours until doubled in bulk.
  • MOHN FILLING:
  • Combine the poppy seeds, honey, and milk in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 10minutes, stirring constantly; the mixture should thicken.
  • Stir in lemon juice, lemon peel, and raisins.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • PRUNE FILLING.
  • Cover the prunes with 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes -1 hour, until tender.
  • Add the lemon juice and honey, and simmer slowly for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the nuts (if using) and let the filling cool.
  • LEKVAR FILLING:
  • Combine all ingredients.
  • NOTE:
  • All fillings can be made in advance and stored (covered) in the refrigerator.
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F You will need 1 recipe dough, 1 recipe filling, and 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water.
  • Divide whichever dough you choose into portions you can easily roll out.
  • On a floured board, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. The cookie dough rolls out best if rolled out between two sheets of wax paper.
  • Cut the dough into 3-4 inch circles, using the top of a glass or cookie cutter. Fill each circle with a heaping teaspoon of filling and pinch the dough around it into a triangular shape.
  • Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20-30minutes (the cookie dough will bake faster than the yeast dough).
  • When the cookies are done, they will look appealingly brown. Taste one if in doubt!
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