We invite you to try the recipe here! But Leah also provided a few tips on how to perfect these triangle cookies.
- Be sure to seal corners with an egg wash.
- Tightly pinch corners together.
- Don't overfill ... otherwise they spill out into your oven.
- Suggested fillings: apricot jelly, strawberry jelly or Nutella!
As many of you know, Purim is just around the corner (Sat./Sun., March 15-16). As a non-Jewish New Orleanian, Purim seems kind of like a Jewish Mardi Gras. There are costumes, it falls during Lent (the season piggy-backing Carnival) and is before Passover, like Mardi Gras is to Easter. Purim is also a time for feasting and taking joy in being alive.
The holiday stems from a foiled plot to kill the Jews. Haman is the villain of the story — hence hamantashen — as the political advisor to a Persian king, probably Xerxes I, he sought to destroy the Jewish people. His plan was foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Esther, who rose to be Queen of Persia. This story can be found in, you guessed it, the Book of Esther.
So Haman, Hamantashen ... The pastries are a holiday staple named in victory. The triangle shape symbolizes a three-corner hat worn by Haman.